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Kaleidoscope

This tutorial is specific to Block 21 of the 2016 mystery BOM.

 

Templates:

Print a copy of the pattern from the newsletter, or link HERE to download.

Be certain that all scaling has been disabled!

Cut out the template, and if you are planning to use the optional setting that will

be offered at the end of the year, be sure and make this block in red/white.

 

Block 21

Cut all of the fabric you will need to make the block.

It is essential to note that B and C are cross cut in

OPPOSITE directions as they need to be mirror images.

1

 

Start be sewing piece D to piece A.

(I chain pieced all four units to keep things moving along quickly.)

2

 

Open and press.

3

 

Sew the first side piece on. (I started with the right side and

continued the chain piecing process.)

4

5

 

Open and press.

6

 

Sew on the remaining side piece.

7

 

Open and press.

8

 

Carefully snip off the extra corner fabric at the point.

9

 

Lay your block out and arrange the colors/fabrics if necessary.

10

 

Sew 4 quadrants together into 2 halves.

It is important to press these final seams open to keep the

bulk at the center point of the block to a minimum.

11

 

Carefully line up the center points and pin to hold.

12

 

This block has a lot going on right in the dead center, so you want to be

sure to get it all lined up correctly. I think it is a good idea to set your stitch length

to a nice long baste and sew the block together. Then you can take the pin out and

open the block up. It will be easy to see if you have everything where it should be.

If not, that big basting stitch will be a cinch to remove. And, if all is well, just run your block

back through the machine again at a proper stitch length (don't bother removing the baste.)

13

14

 

Once you have the final seam just how you want it, open the block up and press.

15

 

And you are DONE!

16

 

Block 22

This kaleidoscope block is much more complicated than Block 21.

I have provided you with paper piecing templates to make it easier to put this

one together. A paper piecing tutorial is available HERE.