A while back, I mentioned that I *might* have another kaleidoscope design in the works. Today, I get to share it with you, and I am just thrilled and honored about where this little quilt wound up.
Here’s my “Fractured Kaleidoscope”, a foundation paper pieced design intended to give all the lovely swirly effects of a traditional kaleidoscope block, without having to contend with eight fabric points converging in the block center. The fabrics are all luscious Laurel Burch basics from Clothworks.
If you’d like the pattern, or a kit to make one just like this one, you can find both in the current issue of American Quilter magazine.
Once I got over the initial amazement of seeing my quilt on the cover, I read through the entire magazine, and loved every article. There’s a design by Jackie Robinson, one of my all-time favorite designers. Six years ago, she hosted a block design contest. Even though my entries didn’t win, the experience was fantastic, and motivated me to start my own business.
There’s an article called Angel Babies that made me cry–in a good way. It’s part of a series about charity quilts that talks about several organizations that make handmade items for families whose babies die before birth. As a mom who has gone through two miscarriages, I know those tiny gifts mean the world to the families who receive them.
One of the things I love best about American Quilter is that they feature more complex patterns than you can find elsewhere. There’s a STUNNING quilt in this issue, all blue-and-white, combining the idea of a mariner’s compass with storm at sea blocks, by Judit Hajdu.
I’m thrilled beyond words to be included in such a gorgeous publication. I had a ball making my quilt, and even tried a new-to-me technique of quilting with TWO glide colors in the needle simultaneously. The overall effect was that the quilting showed up everywhere in the large swirls.
Here’s a mock-up of the quilt in a more subdued color scheme of purple, black and white. I also used Laurel Burch basics for this color option.
If you make your own Fractured Kaleidoscope, I’d LOVE to see it! Use the hashtag #fracturedkaleidoscope in instagram, and be sure to tag me, @thecaffeinatedquilter!
Happy Stitching, and Happy Thanksgiving!!!