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Monday, January 8, 2018


I don't make yearly resolutions because I always know that I keep them for about a month (if I am lucky) and then they just fall by the way. I did tell myself that I really wanted to start up my state block challenge again. I stopped at Florida. I had a few following me and thought maybe with my larger Instagram following more would join me. I sure hope so.

I looked over the blocks that I had finished and thought that I would start with a whole new set of fabrics to make it more interesting for me (and you). So I laid out the blocks (I chose 16 of the ones I did) and decided to sew them together to make a wall or small lap quilt. I hope those of you who did join me in this challenge would also put those blocks in a quilt and share them with me. I'll be posting the finished quilt in future blogs.

What my post is about today is to show you how I go about making a quilt with my Kaleidstars block. I first choose which symmetrical fabric(s) I want to work with. I had just gotten in two new Jane Sassaman fabrics in my shop and, of course, had to start to play! You can get the fabrics here:
Queen of the May and Scandia.

So I get out my Marti Michell Magic Mirrors (available on my website) and start playing with both fabrics.

After looking at all of the design possibilities, I cut out all of the diamonds. I used both fabrics so I had to cut four repeats of each fabric for each block. In my book and iQuilt class I show you how to get perfect repeats every time. Then I played with the combinations. You can get my iQuilt DVD here: iQuilt Kaleidostars.

 Next I had to audition different color backgrounds.

I decided that I liked all of the colors so I chose to make my Parfait pattern from my book Kaleidostars.  This block uses the 17" Kaleidostars templates.

Next I pieced the blocks. I love how easy the blocks are to put together. I realized that the corners of the blocks should be dark so I picked out a wonderful black dot fabric (available on my website) that has every color dot in it that coordinates with the fabrics.  

 Here is how the blocks came out.

See how easy it is to put together. No "y" seams! 

Now to sew the blocks together! Each block is framed with its color, then framed in black. A border of each of the colors to match the blocks is then added, and last, one more black border.

I hope this gives you a glimpse of how I design my quilts. I am selling kits for this quilt on my website: Jane Sassaman Parfait quilt kit. To sweeten the pot, I have added my 17" Kaleidostars templates, my Kaleidostars book, and my 1/4" seam guide at NO EXTRA CHARGE! The whole kit would retail for $134.50 and is only $80! There will be a limited number of kits available, so be sure to get yours early.

*********To make this more interesting, please leave a comment at the end of this blog and tell me what  SYMMETRICAL FABRIC on my website you like the best and a winner will be drawn to get a fat quarter of that fabric along with my 1/4" seam guide.

On my next post I hope to have the first State Block challenge blocks up.

As always: Do what you love and love what you do. Thanks for reading. Please share this blog with all of your quilting friends.


Nili Marcia said...

This kit looks like a great way to learn your method! I've ordered.
Your symmetrical fabrics are wonderful. It's not easy to choose a favorite but I'm going to go with Floral Medallion 3914-77
All the best,

Sheepish said...

Toby, you are asking us to choose our favorite child! The Damask ones are great, I think they will go with the two symmetricals I own. But I have to admit Floral medallion is an attention getter and in my favorite colors. It looks like I need to come to the shop to fondle and be inspired. Glo

scottylover said...

I love them all! :) My favorite, though, is Magmatude Blue.

Sandy A

Mona Phelps said...

I like the floral medallion. Thank you for the giveaway.

Elizabeth said...

Toby, I love following you on Instagram and am so inspired by your work! I'm addicted to variations of One Block Wonders which are also kaleidoscopic blocks of sorts. :-) My favorite fabric is Queen of May. The colors are so amazing! Having an opportunity to enter your drawing is amazing! Happy Stitching! Liz

catherina north said...

I have only just found these, they are all beautiful, I have looked as much as I can with one eye, but I cannot choose a favorite, because I love them all, only wish I could make them.