On page 56 of the “One-Block Wonders” book by Maxine Rosenthal, she talks about creating “Sensational Squares” from some of your layered fabric. After I finished cutting the 60 degree triangles for the OBW in the “Samba” fabric (see last week’s blog), I decided to cut a few of these squares in case I wanted to use them as connectors in my quilt. She has you cut a four-layer square, then cut it from corner to corner, and sew the triangles back together into a square with a new design…like this.
I decided not to use them in my Samba Kaleidoscope quilt, and I didn’t want to waste them (of course!)…so I decided to challenge myself to come up with another way to use them!
First, I added a black border to each one:
First I laid them out on some blue fabric I happened to have in my stash, thinking an idea would come to me…but I couldn’t find a layout idea I liked…so
I got on my computer and used EQ7 (Electric Quilt) to try different designs until I finally decided on this star pattern, putting the squares in the center!
It took a little math to figure out what size to make the squares to sew the easy-to-make triangle blocks the right size…
But I over-sized them, so it was easy to trim each one to the exact size I needed.
I had plenty of star blocks, so instead of one large quilt, I decided to make two baby quilts…
The first one has black sashing with an outer border of blue swirl from my Moda “Bungle Jungle” yardage:
Here’s my EQ7 rendering–
And the final quilt top (yet to be quilted—I need to go shopping for a backing):
And here’s Quilt #2 which started out with white sashing,
BUT I thought the white sashing just blended in too much with the star blocks. So after trying a few different sashings, I finally decided that I liked the addition of a strip of black in each sashing strip:
So here’s the finished top bordered with “Samba” fabric, ready to be quilted. (If I had to do it again, I would have made the cornerstones red. I’ll use either a red or black binding.
What’s next in my Kaleidoscope exploration?
Well, I’m taking an online class from “Craftsy” called Quilted Kaleidoscopes with Marilyn Foreman. I love it. I found a wonderful fabric at Mill House Quilts, (“Jasmine” by Timeless Treasures). I’m planning to make a kaleidoscope table runner that the instructor shows as one of several class projects. I think the fabric is going to work beautifully for it, and I can’t wait to stack it up into four layers for this technique, cut squares out, and see what kaleidoscope effects will happen!
I’ll be sure share the results (good or bad) with you next time!
Until next time, HAPPY QUILTING!