Summer Kaleidoscope Quilt Tutorial

Posted by candiceD on Monday, April 30th, 2012

Hi friends!  I am Candice of Made With Love and I am SO excited to be here today to share a fun and colorful quilt tutorial using fabric from the Fly A Kite collection, designed by October Afternoon.  Ready to get started?

Finished Quilt


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Course Materials:

Polka dots= 3/4 yard of 3 fabrics
Solids= 3/8 yard of 4 fabrics
Assorted Fabrics= 1/3 yard of 17 fabrics
Quilt Batting= 80" x 80"
Backing= 4.5 yards
Binding= 2/3 yard
Disappearing Ink Marking Pen (I recommend Pilot Frixion Pens)
6" x 24" Quilting Ruler
12" x 18" Template Plastic
Sharpie Marker

Instructions:

1.  From three fabrics (polka dots), cut twelve 2" x width of fabric (WOF) strips.  From each strip, cut two 19" long pieces.  (No need to remove the selvedge edges, as they will not be a part of the final quilt block).

2.  From four fabrics (solids), cut four 3" x WOF strips.  From each strip, cut five 7.5" long pieces.

3.  Divide the assorted fabrics (1/3 yard of 17 fabrics) into three piles.  The first pile with ten fabrics, the second with four fabrics, and the third with three fabrics.  From the first pile (10 pieces of fabric), cut two 2.25" x WOF and two 2.5" x WOF strips.  From the second pile (4 pieces of fabric), cut one 2.25" x WOF and three 2.5" x WOF strips.  From the third pile (3 pieces of fabric), cut four 2.5" x WOF strips.  There should be a total of twenty-four 2.25" x WOF strips, and forty-four 2.5" strips.

4.  Cut each of the twenty-four 2.25" x WOF strips into three 14" long pieces.  (No need to remove the selvedge edges, as they will not be a part of the final quilt block).

5.  Separate the forty-four 2.5" x WOF strips into two piles, the first pile with twenty-six pieces and the second with eighteen pieces.  Cut each of the twenty-four 2.5" x WOF strips into three 14" long pieces.  Cut each of the eighteen 2.5" x WOF strips into two 19" long pieces.  (No need to remove the selvedge edges, as they will not be a part of the final quilt block).

6.  It's time to make the template for the quilt block.  Take the 12" x 18" Template Plastic and cut down to 12" x 12", with a Sharpie marker and a 6" x 24" quilting ruler, start with drawing a line from corner to corner (marking the middle of the template).  Proceed to offset the middle line by 1" on each side, then again 1.5", 2", and 1.75".  Your template should look exactly like this one. 

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Please note that the first time the template is used, the lines that were just drawn may need to be adjusted a bit, depending on how well the block is pressed and whether or not the 1/4" seam is true or scant.  Adjust the template as needed the first time, and use the adjusted template from there on out, ensuring uniformed quilt blocks.

 7.  Divide the 2.25" x 14" long pieces and the 2.5" x 14" long pieces into two equal piles.  The quilt blocks are directional, so the first pile will be for the top portion of the block (the 2.25" x 14" long piece and the 2.5" x 14" long piece are to be sewn so that the any directional fabric is oriented towards the middle of the quilt block).  The second pile will be for the bottom portion of the block (the 2.5" x 14" long piece and the 2.25" x 14" long piece are to be sewn so that the any directional fabric is oriented towards the bottom of the quilt block).  

8.  From the first pile (step #7), select at random a 2.25" x 14" piece and sew a 2.5" x 14" piece on the bottom, with right sides together (RST), and a 1/4" seam allowance.  Repeat until you have a total of 36 pieces. 

From the second pile (step #7), select at random a 2.5" x 14" piece and sew a 2.25" x 14" piece on the bottom, with right sides together (RST), and a 1/4" seam allowance.  Repeat until you have a total of 36 pieces.

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 9.  Following the color coded diagram, select at random a 2.5" x 19" piece and sew a 2" x 19" (polka dot) piece on each side (green/brown, brown/red, and red/green), with right sides together (RST), and a 1/4" seam allowance.  Repeat until you have a total of 36 pieces.

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10.  To construct each quilt block, select a middle piece (step #9) per the color coded diagram, and two side pieces from (step #8- one from each pile).  Arrange as desired.  Per the color coded diagram, sew a solid to the middle of each of the 2.25" pieces, with right sides together (RST), and a 1/4" seam allowance.  Proceed to sew the 2.5" x 14" long pieces to the middle of each side of the 2" x 19" long pieces. 

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For the first quilt block, press the seams away from the middle and alternate for each quilt block (i.e. the second quilt block is pressed towards the middle, the third quilt block is pressed away from the middle).  Pressing is important, as when the seams nest in each other, the quilt will go together quickly in step #12.

11.  Once pressed, lay the plastic template on top of your quilt block, lining up the seams and the Sharpie lines, and trace around the block with a disappearing ink marker, and trim the block to a 12" square.  Repeat steps #10 and #11 until you have a total of 36 quilt blocks.

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12.  Sew the quilt blocks into pairs and then into squares of four, making sure to line up the seams.  Press the seams in alternating directions (i.e. to the right for the first pair, to the left the second pair).  Continue until you have nine squares of four, then sew the blocks within each row together, and finally sew the rows together.  Press the seams in alternating directions.

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13.  Quilt and Bind as desired.

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Thank you again to the folks at Riley Blake Designs for giving me the opportunity to share this tutorial with you!  If you decide to make your Summer Kaleidoscope Quilt, please post a photo to my Flickr Group, as I would love to see any and all variations!  Also, make sure to hop on over to my little creative corner of the worldwide web (www.madewithlove-candice.blogspot.com), to say hello- thank you!

 

 


 


Category: Quilts


Comments

  1. This quilt is simply gorgeous! I love all the colors and the amazing details in the pattern. Very beautifully done!! xoxo
    by Amy Chappell
    April 30th, 2012 at 7 a.m.
  2. Love this quilt, and awesome detailed tute.
    by Jackie W
    April 30th, 2012 at 12:28 p.m.


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