quilting

How to make a kaleidoscope or one block wonder quilt

This quilt is made with 60 degree triangles that make hexagon blocks.

All you need is any large print that has 6 repeats, one per 60 degree triangle.

The idea is to stack the repeats of fabric and cut 60 degree triangles out of it. As simple as that.

60 degree ruler

If you plan to make a quilt like this I would recommend investing in a a 60 degree ruler.

But don’t think you’re finished. We still have self binding to do next time.

How to make a kaleidoscope quilt

Fabric suggestions

Floral fabrics, large print fabrics of any sort and panels are the best fabrics to pick. Busy fabrics in general are good. One thing to bear in mind is to pick fabrics with some areas that are less busy so you get more interesting kaleidoscopes.

For instance either of these fabrics would look great:

This floral would work well too.

Or a panel like this one:

All of the fabrics above have busy areas and some areas that are less busy. For instance in the panel the sky and thegrass are king of less busy.

If you combine more and less busy prints you’ll get a more interesting quilt.

If you like the technique and you wish to know more about it, there’re quite a few one block wonder books on technique.

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If you make any of my tutorials this is how you can share your pictures:

  • On Instagram please tag me with @teresadownunder and hashtag #teresadownunder
  • Join my Facebook group and post your pictures there


My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

Buy individual chapters of my book

Now that my publisher is going out of business I have bought the rights to publish my book. Now you can download individual chapters. Each digital download is a bundle with 4 quilt patterns in it.

As well as the instructions and fabric needs to make the blocks you’ll find a section on quiltmaking basics at the end of the pattern that discusses:

  • Tools
  • Squaring up blocks
  • Borders
  • Assembly and quilting
  • Binding

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project

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