Dizzy Kaleidoscope

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I’m getting dizzy just LOOKING at the photo!

12019_Bruce_Seeds_003Inspired by Bruce Seeds (this guy on the right), I bought the book, One Block Wonder  and thought, hey, that looks so easy.

I should have remembered that I get car-sick and sea-sick. Cutting and sewing thing that spin – NOT GOOD.

But the worse part was the flippin’ Y seams! I had totally forgotten to NOT sew the hexagons together and to keep them as “hexagon halves” so that you can sew row by row and not have to do the stupid stop-pivot-pray.

Because the hexagons gave me vertigo, I decided to break up some of the smaller kaleidoscopes with yellow solids and then finish it off with larger kaleidoscopes.

I’m finally done with the top – but the yellows didn’t help any. I think it made the design even more confusing.

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I do like the larger kaleidoscope blocks – which are made of 6 1/2″ triangles from Robert Kaufman Jewel panels. I should have just done the whole quilt like that!

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The smaller kaleidoscopes were also made from Robert Kaufman fabric.

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But now that I’m looking at this fabric image – I just realized that I took beautiful already-kaleidoscope fabric, cut it up and made myself all seasick just trying to put it back together again.

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Hmmmm….me not happy.

Well, I’ve gotten this far, the top is completed and I’ve gotta finish. Will take Dramamine before I quilt it.

So what do you use as backing for a quilt this crazy? Maybe just a plain black might be the best. Maybe use the yellow as binding? Use the quilt for self-hypnosis?

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In other news, I finally got my longarm lesson! The wonderful Pat Alderman came by for 2 hours and walked me through all the features with basic how-to. I can now choose the designs, resize, rotate, skew, etc.

The free-motion stuff is HARD!!! Have you ever tried writing your name with your mouth holding a pencil? Yeah, it’s that hard.

 

 

4 comments

  1. Monica Eggleton says:

    Hello Jaden, I love your Kaleidoscope top. IF you don’t mind a suggestion, I would use a wide band of aqua blue around the outside of your quilt top to square the top out. (Zig zag stitch the hexagons in place.) Then use a black backing and final binding in black which will frame your top out nicely. Hope you show us the final piece when it is done.

  2. SALLY GASS says:

    YOUR PROJECTS ARE BEAUTIFUL I AGREE WITH THE YELLOW BINDING AND BLACK BACKING FOR THE FIRST QUILT..YOU ARE TRUELY AN ARTIST. THANK YOU FOR SHARING….

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