Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Bella Skill Builder - Kaleidoscope

It's the 1st of the Month and that means it is the start of the Bella Skill Builder hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop and Sherri McConnell!!!!  Today I am super excited to share the first set of skill building blocks and this month it is all about Kaleidoscope Blocks!!!   

My plan is to make tone on tone blocks each month in an assortment of rainbow colors.  It is going to be so pretty when it is all done ;)   For the large version of the block I used Bella Solid Royal and Amelia Blue.  And for the smaller version of the block I used Bella Solid Iris and Prune.   

These blocks were a lot of fun to make and really worked my skills on making sure I got that nice perfect point in the center.  Cutting went really fast with the creative grids Kaleidoscope ruler, but if you don't have one, no worries, Sherri includes the templates with her patterns ;)   I just stacked up my strips and starting slicing ;)

And then it is just a lot of chain piecing and pressing from there.  The pressing is super important as you have all of that bulk in the center.  That is where those little circles in the center come from but I am sure they will quilt out ;) 

And I just loved seeing all of those happy little points match up on the small version.   So fun!!!  And of course, this is my favorite because it is purple :)   And I only made 1 as I am planning on a slightly different layout, we will see how it all comes together throughout the year.

And that is the Kaleidoscope block, the  first set of blocks in the Bella Skill Builder!!!!   I will continue to share a new set of blocks on the 1st of each month.  You can find all of the details on this fun Skill Builder as well as this month's patterns over at Fat Quarter Shop's blog, Jolly Jabber ;)   So what do you say, wan't to come learn some skills on the Bella Skill Builder with me??? 

It is going to be so much fun!!!!
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  1. Bright and bold colors - loving your blocks! My palette is more muted this time.

  2. I think building my skills once a month sounds like a good plan. I will join in the fun.

  3. Love your fabric combo.Your quilt will be stunning!

  4. O gosh, I did this workshop 25 years ago and found the bits hidden in the deep recesses of my quilt cupboard. I am now on my 90th square putting the corners on as I know why it got flung in the cupboard. It peaked in the middle like a funnel hehehe. So careful unpicking, reading etc I am now running out of material so mixing others in. Then lay them out and try and sew them together. A pale kaleidoscope piece with dark corner and dark piece with corner so alternating. Causes a gorgeous pattern as they are out together, watch this space


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