I have been doing a personal study over the last couple of years making quilts from one fabric. Basically I chop up a designer's fabric and re sew it making up a different look. I have used 6 sided kaleidoscope blocks to create these.
Kay Nickels wrote a book years ago about making four sided kaleidoscope blocks from border fabric. Using her idea of using border fabric and cutting the fabric in the same method I use in a six sided kaleidoscope, I created the quilt below (it is finished - but unnamed).
|Border fabric is the fabric used for the center of this quilt.|
|Christine Grafs border fabric from her 2012 Sausalito Series|
There is a lot of variation in the design and patterns and the final outcome did have the WOW factor (well I think so :))
I had a hunt around Thimbles and Threads recent sale and bought "terrain" by Kate Spain. Cut it up and this is the result:
So my next attempt was with a beautiful border fabric (Savonnerie by American Jane for Moda which comes in three colour ways) that can be found at Sawmillers (Yvonne imports direct from overseas). I chose the cream background as a personal challenge (I don't tend to work in cream). It seemed a real shame to cut it up - but I had to see what it could do.
So what next? I'm still not quite finished exploring the four sided kaleidoscope. On a road trip last week I found this fabric at Krazy Cow. Its called Hotflash by Luella Doss and Andrea Schuster.
Will be interesting to see how this fabric will work. I'm attracted to the various random shapes and although the colours are the same depth - there should be enough busyness to make this work.
In the mean time, hope you all have a merry and safe Christmas.
Happy quilting. Shirls