Three years ago, I attended the Outdoor Quilt Show in Sisters, OR and took a Kaleidoscope class from Judy Johnson. Judy lives in Central Oregon and is a math teacher who loves quilting. You can see Judy's Kaleidoscope quilt by clicking here. Recently, I discovered that the ruler we carry in the Bellevue store for my Night and Day Quilt class was perfect for this Kaleidoscope project, too.
When I want to finish a project, I just design a class around it. It's my little secret to getting my projects done! And, so my Kaleidoscope Surprise Quilt was born. I started with this wonderful seashore theme fabric which, unfortunately, sat in my sewing room too long and is no longer available in our store. My apologies, but I did want you to see what I started with. Don't worry - we have many, many other equally suitable fabrics in our stores!
I used lengths of the basic fabric and a couple of coordinates for my backing, so it's pretty, too. Currently, I have 5 fellow staff members who want to take the class, so I'm scheduling another class just for them. We've had some really interesting fabrics picked out for this quilt. I can't wait to see them! Right now we have an all blue Asian print, a second multicolor Asian print in maroons and golds (and a little lavender) and the vintage Chevy's. I REALLY can't wait to see that one!
And here is my quilt!!! My "regular" Kaleidoscope Surprise class is scheduled for March 18 & April 1. I left a week in between so that you could learn the basics of aligning the fabric and cutting and sewing the octagons the first week and continue with adding corners and layout on the second class. Sign up now - I expect the class to fill with "real" customers now that the sample is up at the Bellevue store!!
(Alice Schultz, an extraordinary quilter and all around nice person, works and teaches at our Bellevue Store.)