Scrappy Kaleidoscope ~ A Finished Quilt

Scrappy Kaleidoscope : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Sorry it’s been a bit quiet around here the last few days, but I promised myself I wouldn’t post again until I finished my Scrappy Kaleidoscope quilt. And it’s done! I love this quilt so much – it’s going to be a hard one to give away. But the recipient deserves much thanks for all her work and care over the last year, so I’m happy to have made something pretty for her.

Scrappy Kaleidoscope : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The prints are scrappy and the background is FreeSpirit Solids Sand Dune (personal favorite). As I mentioned in a previous post, I made this quilt by paper piecing 12″ (finished) kaleidoscope blocks. I made a paper piecing template, and you can download it here. Be sure to print 4 copies at 100% or Actual Size to make your own 12″ block.

Scrappy Kaleidoscope : Fresh Lemons Quilts

There are 30 blocks in this quilt, and it measures 60″ x 72″. I quilted it in a meandering free motion design. The lighter colors just didn’t photograph well with the quilting texture last night, but it is oh-so-pretty in person and I wouldn’t change one piece of fabric.

Scrappy Kaleidoscope : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Above is a nice shot from while I was getting ready to baste.

Scrappy Kaleidoscope : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The backing and binding are Wordfind in Pink by Melody Miller for Cotton + Steel, part of her Playful collection. I love it so much! I’ve also pieced in a specially embroidered label on the back, with To, From, and Date details. Sorry, no pics as I don’t want to spoil the surprise too much.

Scrappy Kaleidoscope : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Next up, basting and quilting the Cubs Quilt! I’m thinking straight lines for that one. My back is sore just thinking about it!

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26 Comments

  1. Reply

    Audrey B

    May 13, 2015

    Beautiful quilt as always! Someone is incredibly deserving!

  2. Reply

    NJQuilter

    May 13, 2015

    Beautiful. Great fabric choices.

  3. Reply

    Anja

    May 13, 2015

    Great job. I’m sure she will love it.

  4. Reply

    Anne Beier

    May 13, 2015

    Beautiful quilt. It’s so colorful – just the right amount of lights and darks. The person you made it for will love it.

  5. Reply

    Mabel

    May 13, 2015

    Beautiful!

  6. Reply

    Judy

    May 13, 2015

    Great quilt! Love the colors and fabrics you’ve chosen. Thanks for the template.

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    Darci

    May 13, 2015

    Faith, love the colors on this quilt. How do you cut your fabrics for a paper pieced quilt while minimizing waste? Do you cut many rectangles appropriately sized for each section?

    • Reply

      Faith

      May 13, 2015

      Hi Darci! Great question! Sometimes I have more waste than others, but on this quilt I was quite proud of myself. I actually cut triangles that were only about 1/4″ bigger on all sides of each piece, and used those to paper piece the larger triangles. I want to say I cut something like 7-1/2″ strips down the fabric, and made a template of the triangle, and used that to cut out the fabric. To make your template, you can print out an extra copy of the paper piecing template and cut out the shapes. Then when you are cutting your fabric, just be sure to cut at least 1/4″ larger on each side to take into account the seam allowance.

      Then for the corner HST, I again cut those as HST slightly larger than needed. So I didn’t have a lot of waste, or trimming, for this particular quilt.

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        darci

        May 15, 2015

        great- thanks so much! pre-cutting approximate sizes sounds very doable when the block is 12″

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    Little Black Cat Quilting

    May 13, 2015

    Such a beautiful quilt! What a lucky person to earn such a lovely gift. Great finish!

  9. Reply

    Camille

    May 13, 2015

    This is a wonderful quilt. I love it and have downloaded your paper piecing pdf for future use. Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

  10. Reply

    Patricia C

    May 13, 2015

    Beautiful!

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    Diane B

    May 13, 2015

    Faith, Scrappy Kaleidoscope is a treasure, and one that your recipient will find happiness within. It’s just beautiful. Love the Cotton&Steel back too!
    Thank you so much for sharing the paper piecing pattern and your tips. I’m very very inexperienced w/paper piecing and am slow-ly getting acquainted.

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    Sandy

    May 13, 2015

    I’m always so impressed and inspired by your work and designs. I’m amazed at how fast you work.

  13. Reply

    Elizabeth

    May 13, 2015

    It’s such a lovely and uplifting quilt. Makes my (otherwise grey) day brighter!

  14. Reply

    Karen

    May 13, 2015

    What a wonderful thank you quilt! I’m positive the lucky recipient will love it!

  15. Reply

    Jane

    May 13, 2015

    Gorgeous! Thanks for the template!

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    Jacqui

    May 13, 2015

    So beautiful! Is the pattern available? I just love the colors! Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply

      Faith

      May 13, 2015

      Hi Jacqui – the link to the paper piecing template is up in the post, but there is no full pattern for this one/size.

      The closest thing I have is my Whimsical Windmills pattern which is similar but has slightly different block template/construction for added scrappiness. πŸ™‚ The blocks are 8″ finished on that pattern, rather than 12″ finished as on this quilt.

      http://shop.freshlemonsquilts.com/product/whimsical-windmills-quilt-pattern-pdf

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    Karee

    May 13, 2015

    You created a gorgeous kaleidoscope quilt. Just love it! So fresh. And the Dune is such a good neutral, a good lesson in that for me. Thank you so much for sharing.

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    Corimaria

    May 13, 2015

    Thank ypu for the template, much appreciated!

  19. Reply

    Kathleen Ahearn

    May 14, 2015

    Is there a lot of bulk in the seams?
    Love it!

    • Reply

      Faith

      May 14, 2015

      Hi Kathleen – not a lot of bulk – I’ve had WAY worse. haha πŸ™‚

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    Darcy

    May 14, 2015

    Gorgeous! Do you have a guess (or just know πŸ˜‰ how much of the Sand Dune background color you used? Thank you!

  21. Reply

    Chris Hart

    May 14, 2015

    So nice Faith! Love it!!

  22. Reply

    Diane

    May 14, 2015

    ThiS one is a beauty Faith.

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