New Year, New Quilt

by Nicole

Happy New Year!

What better way to start the new year than with a new quilt?

January is my month in the That Stash Bee. I chose the Kaleidoscope block. It’s one I’ve had my eye on for a long time. I love the optical illusion that is created when the light and dark fabrics play together.

Here are two that I put together for the bee.


You’ll notice I went with my favorite color scheme: pink and orange. I also added a bit of red. I decided to go with low volume prints for the lights. This is the first time I’ll be branching out from my usual solid white or off-white background. I was inspired by Toni of HoosierToni to give them a try. So far, I’m liking them!


If you are interested in making a Kaleidoscope quilt, check out the Quilter’s Cache where you’ll find the block pattern for free here.

In other news, tomorrow I will celebrate two years of blogging at Mama Love Quilts! I hope you’ll stop by and check out the gift I’ll be giving away to one lucky reader.

Until then…happy stitching to you!

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Carla January 2, 2014 - 5:11 am

These blocks are very cool. Aren't low volume backgrounds just the best? Love this combination

Coser Tejer Crear January 2, 2014 - 5:46 am

Hello Nicole. They look awesome. I'm not a fan of the pattern but your fabric choices make it stand out beautifully. I even want to try them myself! Happy new year!

Debbie January 2, 2014 - 6:04 am

I love this quilt already!

Deb January 2, 2014 - 6:43 am

I totally have a Kaleidoscope quilt on my "must do one day" list as well. I love the effect of yours already

Janarama January 2, 2014 - 6:50 am

Very pretty. I love the color you chose.

Fran January 2, 2014 - 8:17 am

These are stunning blocks!

Megan January 2, 2014 - 8:39 am

Really pretty blocks Nicole – I have been a recent convert to low volume rather than white, I really like the texture/depth they add to a design.

charlotte January 2, 2014 - 10:01 am

Love your color choices. I do like the low volume look for the background.

Katy Cameron January 2, 2014 - 11:50 am

I love the optical illusion with them too, it's going to look fab :o)

Kathy@KayakQuilting January 2, 2014 - 2:40 pm

I need to try a pink and orange combination….these look great!

Gill January 2, 2014 - 5:14 pm

I love this block – and the colours are fabulous!!

regan January 2, 2014 - 6:07 pm

I love this pattern in those colors! Gorgeous! My friend recently made a kaleidoscope quilt in civil war repros! Awesome! I'm thinking I need to make one (or two) now! :o)

O'Quilts January 2, 2014 - 10:48 pm

I love this block and I love the colors you chose…good job..

amidthismoment January 3, 2014 - 1:37 am

Those are great colors, and I love the scrappiness of your block. I think the prints add so much interest to the background. Love it! Thanks so much for the link to the patten. I agree with you that the optical illusion is incredible when the blocks are set together.

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nerospost October 9, 2014 - 8:29 am

Hi! You inspired me! I have wanted to make this pattern and I love your colours! Teje

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