Saturday, March 19, 2011
Kaleidoscope Quilt Process Report
I am only putting together the first pair of strata upon the recommendation of Em over at Quilt Crossing who is several steps ahead of me on her Kaleidoscope!! Go check her's out - it is gorgeous!! She suggested I make the first pair of Strata, cut them out and get them up on the design board before I go on to the nest round. She said that way I would have a better feel for what fabrics I wanted to use in the suceeding round.
While my Dad and I have been watching the golf tournament this afternoon, I have been pinning each row of the strata together and then coming back here to my sewing room to sew them together and press. I know that many quilters do not pin their fabric before sewing and I have tried it with and without pins, but I find I like it better with pins as my sewing seems to be more more accurate since I don't have to worry about keeping the seam edges together. I just might do a poll on pinning versus not pinning before sewing a seam.
As each row went together and the Strata got wider and wider, I started thinking about a real kaleidoscope and the little crystals inside that make up the pattern. I noticed that each of my pieces of fabric resembled the crystals in the real kaleidoscope and thought how fun!!
Now, here are my first round Strata ready for the next step:
When I showed my Dad the Strata, he said "Wow, thats bright, like Joseph's Coat", so we decided a perfect name for this quilt will be "Joseph's Coat."
The next step is to create the pattern for the Pattern templates!! Stay tuned for how Joseph's Coat comes together!!! And thanks Em for your support and your wonderful suggestions!!!