Kaleidoscope Quilt

Friday, June 23, 2023

 Hey there!  Today I want to share a really fun,
scrappy quilt I finished recently - my Kaleidoscope quilt!

I started with a bunch of random fat quarters from my stash...

And turned them into this finished quilt top!

The pattern I used is a free paper-piecing pattern called Kaleidoscope
by Sharon Holland.  Click HERE for the link.

I'm a HUGE fan of Sharon's work.  
She designs fabric for Art Gallery Fabrics and I swoon over
everything she creates!  Her Instagram feed is gorgeous and inspiring 
so be sure to check her out at @sharonhollanddesigns.

Sharon's Kaleidoscope pattern is for a mini quilt that finishes at 27-1/2" x 27-1/2"
(a 4 x 4 block layout).  The pattern has complete instructions and diagrams
 so it's a great project to practice the technique of paper-piecing.
The steps are repetitive and the project is small
so I highly recommend this for any paper-piecing newbie out there!

I LOVE paper piecing so I decided to make my Kaleidoscope quilt bigger 
with a 12 x 12 layout.  My quilt finishes at about 78" x 78". 

Because I multiplied the number of blocks to make by 9
I also multiplied the required background fabric by 9.
I had a LOT left over (I think I bought about 11 yards!) but unfortunately,
I don't remember how much was left over so I can't recommend 
how much to buy for this size quilt.  So sorry friends!

I started this project in February 2022 so I was thrilled
to get the quilt top finished just over a year later, in March of 2023.
A reminder that not every quilt comes together in just a few days
(like it sometimes seems on Instagram!)

I had the hardest time deciding on backing and binding fabrics
but I finally ended up with this rusty orange stripe for the binding.
It's called Morning Ray #187 by Edyta Sitar for Andover Fabrics.
The aqua floral backing (that you can see peeking out in the photo below)
is #9874 by Giucy Giuce for Andover Fabrics.
They don't really go together but the quilt is so scrappy that I don't mind.

Do you see the cute little heart that my quilter
Jen Ostler quilted into the design?  If you've been
around long enough, you know that she always quilts
an extra little shape into the quilt for the quilt recipient to find.  It's
a fun little game of hide and seek!

Jen used the Swivel Circles pantograph on my quilt and I love it!

A few friends joined me in this endeavor so I hope to get a 
picture of all of us with our Kaleidoscope quilts someday.

It was a fun project and I'm really happy
it's done so I can enjoy the finished quilt now!

Thanks for stopping by today!
I hope you feel inspired.
Let me know if you have any questions!


  1. I've had that pattern on my 'to-do' list for quite some time! Your version is the inspiration I need to make my own! It's lovely!

    1. Thank you! It was a fun one to make and I've enjoyed seeing my friends versions. It's cute in any colorway!

  2. Beautiful work with a rich colour palette ❣️

  3. Love it! Gorgeous quilt.

  4. I love your quilt! I also don’t mind if things don’t match perfectly. This, like your Brick quilt seem controlled scrappy- fantastic!!! πŸ˜ŠπŸ¦‹

  5. The scrappier the better! Both this & your Brick quilt are just great happy quilts! πŸ˜ŠπŸ¦‹


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