Making the Kool Kaleidoscope Quilt

So, after studying the Kool Kaleidoscope Quilt book by Ricky Tims, I thought I’d make a trial quilt in a smaller size, just to see if I could do it.

Using his great step-by-step instructions, I drafted a pattern from a square a little smaller than the 18” square he suggests in the book.

Then I added lines (as suggested) and cut the pattern piece apart.

After making strata (which are 42” strips of varying widths sewn together),

I laid the pattern piece on top of two strata (positioned right sides together), and cut with an additional 1/4” seam allowance added to each side.

That makes 6 mirror image sections.  Here’s the first set of units laid out on my design wall—note the dark outline to show the 2 mirror images.

And the second group of units of 6 mirror images…

And here it is with the 3rd group of mirror images, ready to sew together into quadrants.  (Note top right outlined in black to see how they were sewn together.) Each quadrant is sewn together like a giant 4-patch.

It’s been sewn together, and here I’m quilting it.

Not terribly exciting, but it was a “trial” piece, and I used fabrics from my stash that would go with the colors in my livingroom.

I’m happy with the way it turned out.  It was much easier than I imagined.  The book really helped to keep me on track.  And I want to try it again—maybe using the full 18” pattern size (that ends up 36” x 36”).  But next time I’d like to try more exciting colors, maybe in batiks.

What do you think?  Have you made a Kool Kaleidoscope Quilt?  Would you make one?

Oh, before I go, I just wanted to say a VERY special THANK YOU to everyone who voted for my “Sunset on Lake Mendota” art quilt that I had entered in the Sunrise/Sunset Project Quilting last week.   I’m so thrilled to have won, …especially with all the beautiful entries! (take a look of some of them below—in order of votes)



Until next time, HAPPY QUILTING!


Mulberry Patch Quilts


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