Our days are a kaleidoscope. Every instant a change takes place in the contents. New harmonies, new contrasts, new combinations of every sort.
Henry Ward Beecher
When I first encountered kaleidoscope quilts, I loved how a single fabric could create a completely different images that no one would ever guess had been created from the same fabric. A change of perspective, a new viewpoint, and an entirely different space was born.
One of the old projects I found when I went into my quilting and reorganizing frenzy this fall was a kaleidoscope quilt that was pieced, sandwiched and partially quilted. Apart from the main kaleidoscope motifs, there was a lot of black background that I decided to use to improve my FMQ skills. I have always loved FMQ and have been using it on many of my quilts, but it is especially prominent in this one. Now it is just waiting for a binding.
Here’s a look at how it turned out. The circles are lightly quilted so that they pop relative to the heavily quilted background. A few motifs in the circles are outlined in green thread that blends into the background, but they make star patterns on the back of the quilt (should have taken a picture of those).
And a closer view of some of the quilting. Each brick in the background has a different motif, or if a motif is repeated, a different thread is used. Had I stuck to only reds, greens and golds, it might have made a good Christmas quilt, but I started trying out different threads and ended up with reds, greens, reds, blues and purples.
and a bit more detail:
I drew on quite a few motifs from the Free Motion Quilting project. It is great to have a resource with so many patterns to try out!
Linking this up to Free Motion Mavericks.