Saturday, June 3, 2017

Hey, Macarena!

It’s been a while since I posted a bona fide, start to finish, sewn with my own two hands kind of quilt. I had to go back 20 years to find one, but this Kaleidoscope pretty much fits the bill.

Are you surprised to see a pastel color scheme from me? Generally, I don’t use soft colors. Here’s how I managed to collect such a wide array.

My Piecemaker friends swapped fabrics to make these Kaleidoscope quilts. Each participant took six yards of pastel prints from her own collection and cut them into 120 strips to share.

On the day of the swap, the tables were piled high with more than 2,000 strips of fabric. Every variation of pastel was there for the picking! We paraded around the room to the festive rhythm of “Macarena”, eagerly snatching a strip from each table we passed. With all the laughter and hilarity, we must have looked like some crazy conga line or offbeat game of Musical Chairs. "Hey, Macarena!”

For my quilt, I chose colors and prints reminiscent of the 1930s. After sorting and sewing strips together, I cut the eight segments required for each block using this 45 Degree Kaleidoscope Wedge Ruler.  (It includes directions for block and quilt construction.)

I had fun coordinating the colors within blocks... 

but, I like the scrappiness of random fabrics just as much.

Nothing went to waste; leftover strips found their way into the scrappy border.

84" x 100"
Machine quilting by Stover Quality Quilting.


  1. SO pretty - what a fun exchange that would have been.

  2. I remember that day well - I wonder what happened to my spider web quilt....can't remember if I finished it or what. I love how yours turned out Diane.

  3. So pretty. I like the leftovers in the border. I bet this whole thing was fun to put together. Great share!!! I never did have a chance to do a Kaleidoscope quilt while my hands were able. So many patterns and never enough time. Well, it is enough time. That's what we're given so its enough. :)