Cosmic Kaleidoscopes

Allow me to introduce Cosmic Kaleidoscopes, my second finish of 2013 and #6 in my series of kaleidoscope quilts. You may remember from a recent post, My Lucky Day, that I won a quilting session with Nancy Stovall of Just Quilting at last month’s Portland Modern Quilt Guild meeting. Nancy was able to finish it in time for this month’s guild meeting (Jan. 17). I wanted to show it there first before posting pictures.

Here is my quilt, enhanced by Nancy’s lovely work:

Cosmic Kaleido 600
Cosmic Kaleidoscopes, 60″ x 76″


Because the kaleidoscope blocks are so busy, I wanted the quilting in the background to be very simple. Nancy and I decided on slightly wavy lines that would simply flow off the edges of the borderless quilt.

The back is another story. I inserted a strip of the focus fabric and added some half-kaleido blocks made from the leftover focus fabric. Nancy used a lighter thread for the kaleidoscope blocks on the front, creating an almost lacelike effect on the back:

Back of Cosmic Kaleidoscopes
Back of Cosmic Kaleidoscopes


Just for fun, the label is the same octagonal shape as the kaleidoscope blocks:

Cosmic Kaleido label 500
Cosmic Kaleido Quilt Label


My quilt was on display at the Pine Needle last weekend . . .

Hanging at the Pine Needle

. . . and today it went to Silverton, Oregon where it will be shown at the Stitches in Bloom Quilt Show at the Oregon Garden this Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25 and 26.

About the fabrics: the Jacobean floral is from the Ruby line by Timeless Treasures. Before sewing the kaleidoscope wedges together, I sewed on sashing strips of a soft mossy green (Shadow Play) and a pale coral dot (The Emperor’s Garden), both by Maywood Studios. The background fabric — a soft inky blue-black with hints of charcoal — is Modern Textures by Marcia Derse, from the Riverwoods Collection for Troy Corporation.




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7 Responses to Cosmic Kaleidoscopes

  1. Vickie says:

    Stunning! Hope to see you at the show.

  2. Jennie Bbeckstrand says:

    This is beautiful! I love how the quilting is shown on the back! I can’t wait to see what’s next =D

  3. Cindy Morris says:

    Dawn, You continue to inspire me! Simply beautiful. Thanks for all your email and tips on my work in progress.

  4. Chas says:

    Nice work, Dawn!

  5. Peg Kelly says:

    This is amazing! Beautiful work!

  6. Hi Dawn. The quilt is absolutely stunning, and the quilting…….!! Love it.

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