29 May


180° across the quilting circle from a cathartic protest art piece is a utilitarian quilt for the couch.

I love simple, repetitive blocks transformed by color, technique, or composition, into fresh or unexpected quilts.

Our local guild offered a “One Block Wonder” class last weekend, and being intrigued by the construction of a kaleidoscopic quilt from a single fabric (plus the opportunity to get out of the house and play with friends), I signed up.

In class, we prepared and cut the fabric. Donna, our teacher had a few helpful tips not in the book, such as a nice chain piecing technique.

With the bonus of having my husband home on “vacation,” I just kept the momentum going and have been sewing at home every day.

It’s so much fun to see how different the fabric looks once cut up and rearranged. It’s much more about favorite colors than the fabric design itself.

Now I have tops for two lap quilts.

I think the one above might need a large embroidery over it…

This one will eventually join the Ripple Afghan (a bit stalled out as it’s getting too warm here to enjoy much crocheting) on the couch.

10 thoughts on “180°

  1. I have made a couple of them and i just love how they turn out. I spent days on the arrangement but that was all part of the fun.

  2. Oh wow, those are sosso cool. The fabric you chose gives your quilts a much calmer look than the traditional S&W quilts. It’s a very nice change.

  3. Love these quilts! This is so funny because I checked this book out of the library last week to see how the hexagons were pieced (triangles of course so it didn’t give me the info I was looking for but I was intrigued with the concept of the design itself). So great to be able to see one of these in a contemporary fabric.

  4. lovely quilt tops – both!
    the first one will be stunning with some embroidery, I’m curious what your design will be…
    and just because I wonder: doesn’t this kaleidoscope-technique leave you with a lot of scraps? think I need to have to look for the book! 🙂

  5. Kristin, you are amazing! These are both fabulously beautiful! Love how you have cleverly cut your peices to give such a lovely kaleidescope effect.
    ~Emily xx

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