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Quilted Kaleidoscopes

with Marilyn Foreman
Quilted Kaleidoscopes
Create fun, fascinating kaleidoscope blocks with inviting techniques. Discover amazing, easy-to-piece effects as you play with fabrics and patterns through three projects.

Piece custom kaleidoscope quilts with large-print fabrics you love and lessons from pattern designer Marilyn Foreman. Learn strategies for choosing fabrics and achieving perfect four-patch kaleidoscope blocks. Then, show off your blocks in the elegant, on-point Kaleidoscope Table Runner. Use rectangles and stitch-and-flip techniques or a popular Twister tool to create another runner complete with tricky-looking pinwheels that are actually a breeze to construct. Plus, make the vibrant, twin-sized Twilight Kaleidoscope Quilt with four-patches in a variety of sizes, star blocks, multi-fabric sashing and more. Piece custom blocks that capture an entirely new look with every fabric and every setting you choose. 

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Kaleidoscope-Friendly Fabrics

  • Meet your instructor, quilt designer Marilyn Foreman, as you receive an introduction to the dazzling world of quilted kaleidoscopes. Youíll learn how to identify and calculate repeating patterns in your fabric and explore the best fabrics to work with.


Lesson 2. Kaleidoscope Runner

  • Get started on a beautiful kaleidoscope table-runner project with Marilynís expert tips along the way. Start by exploring the best ways to measure, cut and rotate your fabric to test various design combinations. Once youíve selected your favorites, youíll construct your kaleidoscope blocks and lay out your runner!


Lesson 3. Pinwheel & Twister Kaleidoscopes

  • Discover the fun of making pinwheel kaleidoscopes that start with basic rectangle units. Next, work with twister pinwheel kaleidoscopes as you create Marilynís beautiful Twister Runner. Youíll experiment with prints and blocks of various sizes to create the look you like best! Marilyn demonstrates ways to cut and assemble your four-patches with precision to create beautiful symmetrical patterns.


Lesson 4. Twilight Kaleidoscope Quilt

  • Put your new skills to work as you create a beautiful Twilight Kaleidoscope quilt. Marilyn helps you audition a variety of prints and solids to work with before you carefully measure and cut strip sets to create your blocks. Youíll learn helpful pressing and piecing techniques to ensure that your blocks lay flat and match up perfectly.


Lesson 5. Assembling the Quilt

  • Consider your choices for background and accent fabrics as Marilyn shows you how to frame your four-patches with gorgeous sashing. Have fun coordinating your fabrics as you sew, cut and press using techniques you may not have tried before! Next, Marilyn shows you professional layout tips and gorgeous design variations that will help you envision your finished project.


Lesson 6. Finishing the Quilt

  • Take the chore out of border work as you infuse creativity into your border design! Marilyn shares a variety of options for borders and backgrounds before demonstrating methods for cutting and sewing mitered corners. Youíll learn how to work with challenges like large-print fabrics as you frame your quilt with a virtually seamless border. Marilyn wraps up the class with a fun show-and-tell of various quilting options you can try.

"I found the instructions pleasant to watch and listen. Maybe I am hard to please in my old age, but some instructors talk too much without really sharing vital information. Love the techniques (in this class)."
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