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Kaleidoscope of color

This fun wedge style block is a great way to experiment with fabric and color placement. Like the child’s toy of the same name, it truly can create a kaleidoscope of color.

What you will need are strips of fabric half the width of the size block you desire to make. Example an 8″ block you will want 4″ strips plus 1/2″ for the seam allowance. If you are using one of my patterns the 45* wedge template is included. Otherwise you will want to purchase this ruler.

This block is a fun one to teach. Check out the blocks my students made. Doing so will give you a better feel as to how color and fabric placement affect the block. It never ceases to amaze me how changing fabric and value can change the whole look of a quilt.

Another way to change things up is by adding an alternate block. For instance, in Beeline, below, a snowball block. (Tutorial for that block can be found here.) Or with the quilt I made for my parent’s guest bed I added a wonky friendship star.

Looking for more ideas of quilts using this block? Try checking out these patterns. Or check out the many options I’ve found on Pinterest with my Kaleidoscope and Stars board. That board alone has added to my bucket list immensely.

Are you ready to learn how to make your own Kaleidoscope of color? Watch this simple video to learn how.

Make sure to share your creations with me. I’d love to see where you go with this new found knowledge. Find more quilting video tutorials here.

One Comment

  • Veronica Haley says:

    i thank you so much for the kaleidoscope tutorial I just started a scrappy version, and was struggling with getting nice points at the center Your tutorial really helped 🙂

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