Piecing Kaleidoscopes

Kaleidoscope Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

With the kids back in school after a week of illness and a week of Spring Break, I’m finally spending some quality time back in my sewing room. I have two more gift quilts I need to get done before the end of May. Maybe you can all guess who will be the recipients? The first one I’m working on features a scrappy assortment of bright fabrics.

Kaleidoscope Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I started out with all the above colors, minus the green and white. But as I was making my initial blocks, I kept deciding the quilt needed more and more color. I just can’t help myself! I’m piecing 12″ kaleidoscope blocks. When I think of a classic, well loved quilt pattern, kaleidoscope is pretty high up on my list. You just can’t go wrong. I paper piece mine – I whipped up this template before starting. If anyone is interested you can download it here. Just be sure to print it out at 100% or Actual Size.

Kaleidoscope Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Although the white doesn’t seem to photograph that well in the quilt, it does look nice in real life. I’m using FreeSpirit Solids Sand Dune as my background. This is one of my favorite neutrals.

I need to make 30 blocks for a 60″ x 72″ quilt. Almost halfway there. They do go together rather quickly. I’ll post again when I am closer to the finish!



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    April 9, 2015

    Love this quilt…the pattern, the fabric choices…someone is going to get such a nice surprise!! And they are so deserving!! Thanks for sharing with us.

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    pam hansen

    April 9, 2015

    These luscious colors are making a happy quilt. I also like the background fabric’s noncompetitive role in anchoring project your project

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    Carole Price

    April 9, 2015

    Like the bright colors!

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    April 9, 2015

    Another beautiful quilt. You always make great fabric choices.

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    April 9, 2015

    Thanks for the paper piecing template. I just finished a Kaleidoscope quilt last month that wasn’t paper pieced. I’m a new quilter and found out about paper piece right after I finished! I was thinking that paper piecing would probably be an easier way since I struggled getting my points to match up right. I’ll definitely paper piece it if I do it again 🙂

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    Lucy Daniel

    April 9, 2015

    Thank you for sharing your template. Can’t wait to get started on this quilt, and look forward to seeing your finished quilt. XO

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    Patricia C

    April 9, 2015

    Love the quilt, thanks for the template.

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    April 9, 2015

    Love it! Looking forward to see the progress!

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    Becca B

    April 9, 2015

    I love the colors you’re using, especially the green! Such a great pop of color. Your blocks look great; I think I need to add this to my to-do list too, especially with a paper piecing pattern. 🙂

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    Laura @ Prairie Sewn Studios

    April 9, 2015

    Love the bright colors here. I’m imagining the white slightly different in my head, how frustrating that it doesn’t photograph true!

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    April 9, 2015

    Oh I just love all the colors! So pretty!

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    Rachal Chohonis

    April 9, 2015

    Love this! Such a happy quilt. Thanks for sharing your template

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    April 10, 2015

    I love these blocks! Thank you so much for sharing the pattern!

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    April 10, 2015

    Oh, is it white? I was just about to comment on how nice the putty looks 🙂 This is really a timeless design and I’m so glad you made a FPP template to share. It’s lovely already!

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    Jennifer Fullerton

    April 10, 2015

    Love these colors! This block is high up on my “to-make” list. Someday I’ll get to it. 🙂 Your version is fantastic!

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    April 10, 2015

    Love this pattern! The bright, happy colors make the quilt. I will try paper piecing again — it’s been years since I’ve done so but am going to give it a go. Thanks for sharing your template!

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    April 12, 2015

    Beautiful quilt. I love the idea of paper piecing it. I look forward to seeing the final result!