Saturday, August 28, 2010

one-block wonder

At 9:00am Saturday morning I started with five yards of this fabric...

and at 3:00pm Saturday afternoon, I had this...

114 paper plates loaded with 3 3/4", 60-degree triangle kaleidoscopes. See them all stacked up there in the top left corner?

The fabric is Alexander Henry "Kebede" purchased online at From Here to Quilternity. Isn't that a great quilt shop name? The class is One-Block Wonder Kaleidoscopes taught at my LQS. I love taking quilting classes; you learn so many little tricks in class that you could never pick up from a book.

I now have four weeks to sew together ALL of these triangles, so that we can arrange them on a design wall at the next class session. While I'm not excited about all that repetitive sewing, I am happy to have a deadline to force me to get it done :)

I've been wanting to make one of these quilts for a long time now, but was too chicken to start it on my own - I wasn't sure I could get all six layers of repeats lined up correctly. Turns out it wasn't that bad - you just need LOTS of flat-head pins!

I'll update you on my progress in the next four weeks. Wish me luck!


  1. Wow Shelley this fabric really pops as a kaleidescope quilt. This is going to be a stunning quilt. How fun. Isn't Quilternity a wonderful shop, Terri is lovely. xo

  2. Ooh, ooh, ooh (jumping up and down and waving hand madly) I want to make one, too! Because this is SO gorgeous already. You picked an awesome fabric for it, can't wait to see how it turns out. And the paper-plate idea is genius.

  3. Oh Shelley this is going to be spectacular!!! Can you share a pic of what a finished layout might look like? Or are you saving it for a surprise?
    Re the half square triangles - funny you should mention about emailing RPQ - I had exactly the same thought!
    Danielle x

  4. i've been wanting to make one of these too! I can never find the right fabric that i think would really work... you did a great job! can't wait to see the finished quilt!!

  5. Shelley....I love what you've done with the Kebede fabric!'s just perfect for the hexagons. You have a great eye, that's for sure! Can't wait to see your finished quilt!


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