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Learn How to Kaleidoscope 3 Types of Fabric + Enter to WIN Free Fabric!

This special guest post is written by Marilyn Foreman, instructor of the Craftsy class Quilted Kaleidoscopes. Sign up today and learn how to play with large print fabrics to make dynamic blocks with no fussy cutting or tricky bias edges.

Don't know what to do with that fabulous large print that you have in your fabric stash or are drooling over at the quilt shop? Learn how to kaleidoscope it! I would love to share with you my passion for large prints. Like many of you, I’m addicted to all fabrics, but I’m especially drawn to large-scale, yummy prints.

Twilight Kaleidoscope with Large Tulips QM117

Let’s take a closer look at some large print fabrics.

Large Print Fabric Collage & Giveaway

One of these  great fabrics could soon be yours! I’m giving away a 3-yard cut of the fabric of your choice to one lucky winner. Keep reading to learn more about this giveaway!

Large floral prints

Fabrics containing flowers and leaves in many different sizes yield interesting details in both large and small four-patch kaleidoscope blocks. The fabric doesn’t have to contain lots of different colors to make exciting kaleidoscopes and beautiful quilts.

Here’s an example in shades of blue:

Quilt Moments 4-Patch Kaleidoscopes Imperial Blue

This is a new sample of my Keyboard Kaleidoscope design using those four-patch kaleidoscopes. All of the skills needed for making a quilt like this or any of my other kaleidoscope projects are taught in the Quilted Kaleidoscopes class where we make several runners and a complete kaleidoscope quilt from start to finish.

Keyboard Kaleidoscope Imperial Blue QM102

Novelty prints

You don’t have to stick with just flowers. Novelty prints with butterflies, animals or other fun motifs also work great. Even though this fabric uses the same motif throughout, the fabric works well for kaleidoscope runners and quilts since it contains lots of colors and details.

Large Butterfly TT

Here I’ve used the butterfly fabric in my new Spinning Wheels Quilts design including four-patch kaleidoscopes and even four-patch rectangles, too.

Spinning Wheels Quilt TT Butterflies QM141

Huge florals or prints

Extremely large flowers or other large motifs can also work great even if you don’t use the entire flower in a block. It actually adds more interest when the fabric is cut randomly in different smaller strip widths in the strip-cutting technique that we cover in class. Notice how big the flowers are next to my hand in this class photo.

Comparing fabric print to hand size

This is one of the quilts, Belle Kaleidoscope, that we learn how to make in class. See how only a portion of the flowers end up in the block centers and make stunning kaleidoscopes?

Belle Kaleidoscope Large Chrysanthemums QM125

Think it's difficult to make kaleidoscopes with fabric? Think again... You simply cut strip sets and square sets to make fun and addictive four-patch kaleidoscopes of various sizes.

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In Quilted Kaleidoscopes we examine (and pet!) many more large-print fabrics and discuss how to determine which ones will work best in the easy four-patch kaleidoscope runners and quilts that we make together.

Other fun class activities:

  • We discuss choosing blenders in a variety of colors and shades to best showcase the large print that you select for your projects.
  • We include directions for several kaleidoscope runners and cover the construction from start to finish to make a Twilight Kaleidoscope quilt and show examples in several fabrics.
  • We demonstrate how you can even use the popular Twister tools to make easy kaleidoscope pinwheels from the four-patches for a new twist!

Please join me in my Quilted Kaleidoscopes Craftsy class. After this you will look at large prints in a new way and have the confidence to easily make any of my kaleidoscope projects.

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Now for the giveaway!

Large Print Fabric Collage & Giveaway

Click here for a chance to win one of the 3-yard cuts, and leave a comment mentioning which of the four fabrics you would most like to win and use in a kaleidoscope project: Asian floral, butterflies, pastel floral, or huge floral. This giveaway ends 11:59 p.m. MT May 15, 2015.

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**This giveaway has ended. The winner is Linda from Pennsylvania!

182 Comments

WordNerd

First choice would be those huge flowers! (Though the butterflies are tempting…) 🙂

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Becky Woltermann

I would love the butterflies as I almost bought this similar material today! Winning it would be even better!

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Celtic Daughter

would love the huge flowers – would complement fabrics already in my stash and really set them off! Butterflies would come very close second!

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MARION

butterflies would be very nice.

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Cherine Fleyfel

I adore the butterfly fabric and if I don’t win I will try to find the fabric and I will join this class. I always wanted to make a kaleidoscope quilt. Thank you for the opportunity 🙂

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Delphine Steficek

Butterflies, of course butterflies!

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Kimberley

Butterflies! They are beautiful.

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Linda K

I would love to work with the butterfly piece! The more color in a quilt, the better I like it 😀

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Sujvan Ginn

I would like the large purple and green floral pattern but I would not turn down any of the designs. What is better than shopping for more fabric – free fabric.

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Tere

Love, love, love the butterflies!

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Toni Plote

I love the Asian Floral.

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Karen Jones

I love that huge floral, although all of these are very nice. A Kaleidoscope quilt is near the top of my ‘to do’ list. Thanks for sharing.

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Tina

I’m torn between the butterfly and the huge floral.

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Darcia Dugger

I would love the butterflies!!

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nicky walker

I too would love the butterflies fabric but also drawn to the huge floral… so different to my normal fabric choices!

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Robin

The Asian floral is really pretty!

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Tessa

I would love to win the Asian floral. The flowers in it are beautiful!

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Donna

A friend of mine has a special love for butterfiles, as a remembrance of her son. I would love to make her a butterfly quilt this beautiful!

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Elaine Pace

Asian floral is so pretty!

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Karen Carr

Really like the pastel floral, but I would LOVE to win the butterfly fabric! It is so outside my comfort zone, and I would use it to stretch my creativity.

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m spotten

ooh, they all look fun, but I think the butterflies would be my first choice, followed by the large floral

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Amy

I love the Kaffe-looking huge floral. They look fabulous in the kaleidoscope patterns!

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Debra Revay

I would love to win the Asian Floral, but I love them all so it would be great to win any of them. Thanks for the giveaway.

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sheila

Love the huge floral and the butterflies

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NanaJeanFL

Drooling over Huge Floral!!

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Heather

i absolutely adore the huge floral! Those colours are so vibrant!

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Jean Lazane

This is a great variation of a Stack and Whack, Right? Beautiful!!!

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Ann

Would love the large floral

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Ann

Would love the large floral (purple, black, green)

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Kathryn Farver

I love the Asian Floral. The colors are so beautiful!

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Debby

i too love the butterflies!

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Sarah Stevens

The butterflies would make a great baby quilt. More babies are on their way to nephews in my family; it would be perfect!

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nona stone

The Asian Butterflyies are wonderful.

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Jan Evancho

I love the huge floral print and want to try making kaleidoscope quilted pillows for my patio furniture. It’s such a great idea!

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Erline

This seems like a great class. Love all the quilts shown. Love the butterflies!

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Barbara Stewart

Would love to try the Asian floral , although they are all quite striking.

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Dale

i love thebutterflies. Hmmm I have a dragonfly print in my stash that could be fun.

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MC

Love the kaleidoscope look, and it would be great to have some of those butterflies to experiment with!

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Linda S

Love the butterfly fabric! I am currently working on a quilt using kaleidoscope blocks.

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Linda P.

Would love the butterflies

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Jacqui

I would love the large floral and my second choice would be the butterfly! Thanks for the chance to win!

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Carol P

I love the butterfly material for the kaleidescope effect.

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Barbara Costello

i love, love, love the huge floral fabric 🙂

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Laurie R

They are all very beautiful, but my favourite is the huge floral.

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Ginger

love the bottom floral

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Kearstie Grenier

My favorite is the Asian floral!

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Jean

Asian floral

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Kathy E.

I am drooling over the Huge Florals! Such colors and design are over-the-top!

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lawana

Butterflies

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S

Asian floral or pastel floral…

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Kat

I love the Asian floral

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Jen B

I seem to be in the minority here as my favourite is the pastel floral.

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Jessica

For me it’s a tie between the Asian floral and the butterflies!

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Wanda Whitlock

I absolutely love the large scale florals. Spring is finally starting to show signs of coming here in Nova Scotia (cross your fingers) and the fabric seems to match the timing. I haven’t seen flowers in a very long time 🙂

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MelanieV

Oh that huge floral is for me! I really need to learn to do this!

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Susan

I like them all, but I think I like the Asian floral most.

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Christine

So hard to choose! I really like the butterflies

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Belinda

The Butterfly material is my favorite. Love the contrast of the colors on the black background. The quilt that is constructed from this fabric is stunning!

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Connie

I like the pastel floral

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Carrie P.

Really neat technique. I love the fabric with the big white flowers.

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Deb

Pastel floral I could probably get the most use from.

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Susan

I would love to win that pretty blue with the large flowers. Thanks for this opportunity.

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Connie Tessier

I’d like to win the butterflies!

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Nancy

I’d choose the fanciful strawberries fabric! Thanks!

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Denise Johnson

I would select the huge floral, I just love colors in that fabric.

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Gene Black

I really like the huge floral and would like to try it or the butterflies.

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Lena

Love everything Butterfly. The bright butterflies on black fabric is stunning.

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Joy

The Asian print is fabulous. That’s the one I’d choose. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Cindy

No doubt about it, I would choose the huge floral.

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Beverly

Huge floral! Huge floral!

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Patchwork Pony

I have a dear friend who is an amazing hand quilter and my mentor. I would love to give her the Asian Floral to show her my appreciation. She would do something amazing with it whereas I would never get too it.

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Linda Webster

I would love to use the pastel floral in a kaleidoscope quilt. Thanks for your tips about using large scale prints!

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Linda

Huge floral for me.

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DiannaKM

The butterflies. I love every thing that has butterflies.

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carolyn montgomery

i am addicted to butterfly prints so, of course, i would love to win the butterfly fabric.

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Bernie Hall

I have just completed a one block wonder quilt adding cubes for dimension Instead of calling it a OBW I described it as kaleidoscopes, I am really interested in the way you make your quilts adding other piecing designs. It is difficult to choose a fabric if I were to win as I really like 3 of them. I suppose it would be the Asian print. It looks sophisticated and I have been doing a lot of whimsical quilts so that would be a pleasant change.

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cathy

I would love to win the Huge Floral Fabric. The Butterflies are tempting, but the Huge Floral Fabric really catches my eye!

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Christine

I would love to win the pastel floral! Thank you for the give away! The class looks amazing!

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Barb Skinner

The huge floral print is so bright and energizing, I haven’t made a kaleidoscope quilt yet but would like to give it a go with this beautiful fabric, thanks!

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Corinne

I would really like to work with the lovely butterflies.

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Sharon

The huge floral is gorgeous!

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Janet Riddle

They are all gorgeous, but I have a weakness for butterflies.

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Denise

I’m quite smitten with the Asian floral, but love those huge flowers as well. Lovely!

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Sandy B

The Asian Floral. I can already see the quilt I would make using this fabric. Love making kaleidoscopes! It can be tedious, but it’s well worth the results.

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Audrey

If I am so fortunate as to have to choose, I would choose the Asian floral. Thanks for the post. It is very interesting and motivating.

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Lucy

I would go for the huge flowers print

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Edith Sanguinetti Alben

Butterflies for free appeals to me.

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Diana Salmon

My favorites are Asian floral, butterflies, pastel flora!

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Kathleen

I like how the butterfly fabric works in kaleidoscope. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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Barbara R

I would love to win the huge flower fabric—it has all my favorite colors!

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Lori Morton

Beautiful fabrics!!! & Quilts are soooo cool! GORGEOUS use of each fabric too…Wowie!
I would loooove to win the Butterflies!! Mmmmm!

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Pamela

I love the pastel floral – so soft and feminine, would make a wonderful quilt!

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Anna A in PA

Loving the colors of the huge floral print and loving the idea of a Kaleidoscope quilt! Both the palette and the technique would be a new adventure!

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Alexis

The pastel flowers really speak to me! Love the technique!

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grrannyh

Asian floral or butterflies… All are lovely!

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Donna harry

This looks like great technique! Pastel floral would be my choice.

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Karen Seitz

My choice is pastel floral — I have the fabric in my stash to make a kaleidoscope quilt with that print. 🙂

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Sandi P

Asian Floral for me please ! Thanks

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Shiloh

What a gorgeous ideas! I am entranced with the butterfly fabric.

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Susan Hartley

I love the butterflies – beautiful colors.

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Linda L.

Definitely the butterflies!!

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Cathy Wilson

I’d love to have the butterflies for my entomologist daughter!

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Tabitha K.

The huge floral! I love the color! Thanks

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Pam Armstrong

The large flower print on top with the black background. Beautiful

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Natalee Arff

Oh, for sure the large butterfly print!!! It’s gorgeous!!

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Kelly

I would love to win the huge floral fabric. I think I would even take the class and make a quilt for our bed in our new house.

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Michelle Olsen

Huge Floral is my first choice. I love the bright, saturated colors. Thanks for the chance to win!

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Pat Collins

Love the mum flowers!

Thank you

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Kay Cinotto

I absolutely love all the prints, and I am so bad at making choices…However, if I have to choose one, I think it would be the butterflies

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Ellen

The butterflies are so bright and would kaleidoscope beautifully, but the Asian floral isn’t bad, either!

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Doreen S

They are all so beautiful but the butterflies are the most striking to me! Thank you for the kaleidoscopes ideas.

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Susan aka Geoduck

Butterflies! The color makes me happy! Now, I’m going to check out your class!!

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Karen

butterflies!

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Denise W

That huge floral print is stunning! I would love working with that.

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suvanginn@hotmail.com

I would like to have the large green and purple floral design. What is better than shopping for fabric – free fabric.

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Amy

The huge floral is beautiful.

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Mary Trimble

The Asian Floral would be my first choice!

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Melissa E

The huge floral looks like a lot of fun.

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Orla Villiam

The large Chrysanthemums are beautiful, but those butterflies are a dazzlingly close second. The tulip quilt shows the effect so beautifully – it is wonderful!

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joanne roberts

Hard choice. But my 1st pick is pastel floral. Then big flowers

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Martina

Probably the butterflies!

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Roxanne

The butterflies are great!

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Lucy Ferguson

Love the butterflies

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Cindy

I like the Asian Floral the best, but they are all beautiful!

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Judy Forkner

I love that huge floral!

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Sarah

I would love to win the butterflies! Thanks!

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Lia

The butterflies are so gorgeous, so those would definitely be my pick. I just love butterflies!
Thanks for the chance to win!

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MaryLou

That huge floral is calling to me! 🙂

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Ramona

What a tough choice. I think the large floral may be my first choice but the butterflies rock my boat too.

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Jo

The butterflies print is just gorgeous

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Barbara O.

I’d pick the huge floral, the butterflies are tempting, though… Thanks for the chance!

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Bonnie

What beautiful fabrics! My favorite is the colorful butterfly fabric. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!

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Kathi Ernst

I’d try with the Asian floral…looks like a fun quilt to make!

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Jane Smith

Hard to decide, but I’m a sucker for butterflies.

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Cecilia

The huge floral would be fun to work with. Thank you!

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Helen

Love them all, but I would choose the butterflies. I make lots of kids’ quilts, many of them charity quilts for a pediatric chemo unit. The butterflies are so beautiful!

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Sandra H.

The Asian Floral is beautiful and would make a great quilt!

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Velda

The fabrics are all so very pretty but I have to say that I am really drawn to the butterflies. 🙂

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Glenna Reynolds

butterflies

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Barb Ladyansky

I would love to try this technique with the Asian florals fabric!

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Deb B

The huge floral is awesome!!

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Michelle

Butterflies

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Cowgirl

The pastel florals… for sure. Or the asian.

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Shirleyann Graff

The huge floral is my favorite. The colors are beautiful!

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Janie

The butterflies fly with me!

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Karon

the butterflies for sure – beautiful!

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Verena

I would love huge floral

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Leora B

the colorful Butterflies with the Huge florals coming in second

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Leona Blair

I love butterflies and that fabric the colors are beautiful.
My second choice would be pastel floral.

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Jane Jarvis

I would love the butterfly fabric to learn how to make the kaleidoscope quilts.

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Dorothy Hall

Love those butterflies.

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Surelyne L

Very tough choice! They’re all gorgeous but the butterfly one definitely stands out!

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Beth Ann

The Kaffe would be my choice.

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Karol S

Huge Floral is beautiful. Would love to play with that

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Lois

Hard choice, but if I can only pick one, HUGE FLORAL!!

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Dian Engelman

It is a hard choice, but think I would choose the butterflies.

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Lynne Green

The Asian floral

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Melinda

They are all nice. The small floral is my fave!!!!!

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Kathleen Fields

All the fabrics are wonderful, but those Asian Flowers are simply luscious!

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Natasha Oglesby

I would absolutely love working with the butterflies. I love the bright colors against the black background!

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Nancy Myers

Huge floral looks like it would be fun to use.

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Anne Marie

I would love to get my hands on the huge floral. Love the colors.

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Renata

Those huge flowers look wonderful!

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Barb

Huge florals are my colours, but “Butterflies are Free” is gorgeous too.

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Debra G

I would love to try the huge floral in a project. Such bright colors!

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Edna M

I love the huge floral!

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Rose-Maria

The butterfly

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peg mlynek

Although they are all beautiful, pastel floral would be my pick because it is so different from fabrics
i have previoudly used for this technique.

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Laura Mackenzie-Hawkins

oooooooooooooooooo The Huge Floral one is Gorgeous! I love the striking colours. They’d love lovely standing out from a black background.

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Kristine

I would go with the huge floral as the colors are amazing. I think I’m going to do this!

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Tammy Taylor

I love the floral pattern located on the left in the picture and would like that one. I must say they all are wonderful and would be honored to have any of them.

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Debie Kunzer

I would love to have the Butterfly fabric, it is so beautiful.

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Marym Clanton

I so LOVE the Asian Floral, I am making several projects with this flavor right now. I can only dream!!

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Kathy Rowley

Butterflies! That fabric is so gorgeous!

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Toni Hammer

tough choice between the butterflies and the mums… they are both so beautiful!

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Tracy

I would probably chose the Asian Floral.

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Mickey Louth

The pastel floral although the coral in the Asian floral is calling me too 😛 I really need to try one of these!

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Susan

I love the huge floral such pretty colors!

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Naomi N

Butterflies, I love the fabric

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Rena

I would love to win butterflies

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