by Lesly / Saturday, 28 May 2011 /
I have something new to show, friends - my entry in the Naked Bed Challenge hosted by Sarah Fielke. The idea is that you have to make a new quilt for your own bed by June 2 (thank goodness the top is sufficient - there's no way I could get this quilted by then!) I decided to make this one here.
This quilt is from the book by Sharon Sebrow, Kaleidoscope: The Smart Way. I used the SmartPlate ruler, which I have blogged about previously (here is a tutorial on how to use it, and here is the post where I showed the first quilt I made with it). The quilt is a combination of a churn dash block and a kaleidoscope block - very simple, but way more than the sum of its parts! The fabric is Greenfield Hill by Denyse Schmidt, in the red and blue colourways. This was not a popular line, but I really like it. I knew I wanted to make something out of it, and I only love this line more now that I have.
The only thing that is kind of wonky about this quilt is the way that the blades of the kaleidoscope blocks are kind of off-kilter where they meet their match in the blocks with the churn dash. This is due to the way the ruler is used to make the kaleido blocks from pinwheels. It doesn't make me crazy, although they do look a bit drunk, the way some of the prints look tilted. Look at the first one one the left, top row - see how the checkers are oriented one way in the churn dash block but just rotated a bit in the blades of the kaleido block? Also, you can see in the photo below where I screwed up by switching pieces on two of the blocks - they are both dark blue so it isn't too obvious (the two blocks on the far right, 2nd and 3rd rows). I didn't see it until it was too late to fix it without a major overhaul.
And here's how it will ultimately end up - naked no more!
Edited to add: Winner! Ding ding ding!