Monday, September 24, 2012

Kaleidoscope Blocks & Giveaway

Today is Monday and I want to talk about a new collection by Blank Quilting. It is called Byblos (don't know what in the world that means, but it means something in some language, I'm sure). It is a colorful group of fabrics -
Byblos Collection by Blank Quilting
 I decided to use my own Kaleidoscope Ruler (from a class I taught last year) and cut a variety of strip widths from each of the fabrics. (Stay with me; the GIVEAWAY has to do with the class I taught and the kits and rulers I created for my students; I'm not saying anything else right now. Back to this lesson!)
Strips cut from the Byblos Collection
After I sewed them together, I used my Kaleidoscope Ruler  to cut 6-1/2" high wedges, flip-flopping the ruler as shown.

Don't confuse this with the 60 degree Spiderweb ruler. The kaleidoscope is a 45" ruler, and is based on the radiating lines coming out from the center of a circle. Go look it up in your quilt reference books.
Cutting 6-1/2" high wedges using my ruler
 I cut a 6-1/2" x wof strip of the blue and white floral. This will be my alternating wedge.

Cutting the alternating kaleidoscope wedges from the blue and white fabric
 Here are the 8 patches arranged on my cutting table.

8 kaleidoscope wedges arranged before sewing
 I sewed a triangle to the end of one of the strip pieced wedges. Then added the blue and white patch.
Patches added; first the corner triangle, then the companion blue/white wedge
 I pressed the seam toward the blue/white wedge. I made 4 of these.
Press seam toward the plain (unpieced) wedge; make 4
 Sew the pairs together as shown. The center seam will be the diagonal line.
Two of the pairs sewn together.
 And how does it look from the wrong side? Nicely pressed seams, of course!

View from wrong side before sewing last seam.
I made another coloring, using plain white in place of the blue and white print. Which one do you like?

12" block using white in place of the blue print
Here are the two blocks together. Hmmm . . . . I can't decide.
Two 12" blocks side by side
Let me show you the quilt I used in my classes which was made with the beautiful "Days to Remember" collection by Mary Koval for Blank. It is a lovely set of fabrics and I enjoyed working with it from start to finish. (I sell the pattern with the multi-size ruler (6" - 12" size), which includes directions for this quilt and one other at my web site: Kaleidoscope Pattern and Ruler.)

Kaleidoscope Quilt - 10" blocks
The center is composed of 9 blocks in three colored arrangements. It creates a circular movement when only straight lines are used. But this is because there are two different angled triangles used (the corner triangle and the kaleidoscope wedge).
9 blocks with 3 separate colorings create curved movement
OK. What is my giveaway? I still have a kit left to make this exact quilt. It includes all the fabrics to make it as shown, including fabrics for the binding. The color pattern has easy, step by step instructions (illustrated, of course) AND my multi-sized kaleidoscope ruler are part of the kit. Wow! That's a $45 kit to make a 42" x 42" quilt.

Just be a FOLLOWER for a chance to win and leave a comment telling me that you are a follower. Tell me your favorite quilt coloring: Byblos (modern) or the Days to Remember (traditional). One comment per person please. I will be using the Random Number Generator to choose a winner September 29. You have through Friday, September 28 at midnight to comment. I have to have your email address in order to contact you. No email address, no chance to win.


46 comments:

  1. I am a follower and I think I am a follower of the Byblos method :)

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  2. I am a follower. I like the Days to Remember (traditional)pattern.
    Thanks for th chance to win!!!!!!

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  3. I am an email follower. I like both - can't decide which I like better as they both appeal in different ways!!!

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  4. I'm a follower!
    I like Byblos best! BTW Byblos is the Greek name of the Phoenician city Gebal (according to wikipedia!!)

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  5. I am a follower of yours! And I like the Blank fabrics by you! the Byblos (modern).

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  6. Wow, I am sure that kaleidoscope will turn out great all bright colours! love!

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  7. I am a follower - and I love the byblos!

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  8. I am a follower, and I like the kit the way it is. It got and ooooh when I saw that picture come up.

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  9. I am a follower and the quilt patteren is really nice.

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  10. I'm a follower (maybe a stalker) and love the Byblos. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  11. I am a follower, I like the Byblos the best.

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  12. Morning I love the Byblos and I am a follower. This would be a wonderful birthday present. I have always wanted to make one but I do not think my color choices are as wonderful as these...thanks for the chance

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  13. I'm a follower :) I like the byblos with the white very pretty.


    Robin in Washington State
    assweetaspeaches hotmail

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  14. I am a follower and am more of a traditional quilter, but do love both!

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  15. I'm a follower and I like the Byblos! Thank you & Blank for the give a way!

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  16. I am a follower and really like the Kaleidoscope pattern and the Days to Remember fabric line. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to win :)

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  17. Hi, Debby! I like how the color choices in the kaleidoscope patterns make such different designs--it's magical! I like the fun graphics in the Byblos fabrics so would pick that. I'm a fairly new email follower & a fan! Thanks for the generous giveaway.

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  18. I am a follower and I think I Byblos better although they are both lovely! It's a very tough choice! (pbstrand@msn.com)

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  19. I am a follower and I like the Days to remember pattern. Thanks for the chance to win .

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  20. Hi Debby, I love the Bylbos. The colors are so vibrant. I think it is time to make a kaleidoscope quilt. You make look so easy:0)
    Robin

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  21. My favorite is Days to Remember, and of course I am a follower. Thank you for the chance to win some goodies.

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  22. I am a follower. I like your block with the white in it. Wow what a wonderful giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win. I like both, but I tend to lean more toward Bylbos.

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  23. I am a follower. I tend to like traditional more, but both are very pretty.

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  24. I like the one with the blue background the most but they are both pretty! I'm a follower!

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  25. I enjoy following you via your newsletter. As to the blocks, I like the Byblos with blue because I like lots of color and I can see making this with many of my scraps strips. Thanks for the great idea.

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  26. Am a follower, and I prefer the traditional set. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  27. I think the pattern would be neat in the Byblos modern feel. Thanks.
    Joye Cox

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  28. I love Moderning Color, I am a follower. I would love to use this in a swap....... let me know what you think..

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  29. i am a follower and i like days to remember thanks

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  30. I am a follower and I like Days to Remember best. thanks for a chance to win. :)

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  31. I am an email follower and like the Days to Remember best.

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  32. I am a follower,my favorite is Byblos. The colors just pop, I like the kaleidoscope pattern.

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  33. My favorite is Days to Remember. I am a follower. Thank you for the chance to win :)

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  34. I am a new follower...what a great quilt! Thank you for the give-away - both are great! My favorite is the Byblos fabric and white. :-)

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  35. oops - I believe I forgot to include my email address...

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  36. I follow you! I like Days to Remember...thanks for a lovely giveaway...

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  37. I am a very happy follower. I love the modern fabric, Byblos.

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  38. I am a follower and I love the Byblos!

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  39. I am a follower! Normally I like the more contemporary patterns and fabrics, but I love the Days to Remember color way in this quilt. It's beautiful! :)

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  40. I'm a follower and I like Byblos best. I like the pinwheel block with the blue background. Byblos is a Mediterranean city in Lebanon, currently called by the Arabic name Jubayl. There are pretty pictures on Wikipedia.

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  41. Just became a follower! Thanks for a chance to win. Like the BYBLOS .

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  42. Both blocks are wonderful, but I like the scrappier look of the white one. I am now following by e-mail.

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  43. Wow. Your quilt is gorgeous! You make it look so easy to do. I just adore kaledioscope quilts.

    I'm a new follower!

    I like Days to Remember best. Thanks for an amazing giveaway.

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  44. I'm a new follower (came from Madame Samm) and I like "Days to Remember". Thanks for this giveaway! and for the calendar giveaway at Sew We Quilt!

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  45. FYI: Byblos is the Greek name of the Phoenician city Gebal (Greek: Βύβλος), (Arabic: جبيل‎), (Phoenician: 𐤂𐤁𐤋). It is a Mediterranean city in the Mount Lebanon Governorate of present-day Lebanon under the current Arabic name of Jubayl

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