Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Q121 – Tampa Kaleidoscope – Quilt

Good Day,

We have now completed our 121st quilt, Tampa Kaleidoscope.

Our Tampa Kaleidoscope is one humongous quilt created primarily from one fabric. The Tampa Fabric was commissioned by Keep Me In Stitches a local Tampa Bay specialty sewing center. This is Andy’s and my second attempt at constructing a quilt/wall hanging using this fabric. Our first is Tampa Windows a quilted wall hanging. To date we have not yet constructed a typical Hawaiian style shirt from this fabric.

Tampa Kaleidoscope is a large king size quilt that measures 88” (224 cms) wide and 100” long (254 cms). The construction of the top includes three of the Keep Me In Stitches (KMIS) fabric colorways plus complimentary blue and grey fabrics. Our inspiration of the kaleidoscope design using the KMIS fabric is the work of quilt artist Bruce Seeds  and Maxine Rosenthal’s 2005 book, One-Block Wonders – One Fabric, One Shape, One-of-a-Kind Quilts.  The blues and the grey, (no play on words intended), are used for the borders and the backing.

We designed and used both our Babylock Jewel Longarm and our Janome Memory Craft Professional to create a free motion quilting design. The techniques we used are concentric hexagons, pebbling, and stippling. The threads used were both Sulky and YLI.

Here are images. We are both amazed at and how the cutting technique transforms the original fabric.

Follow our construction and progress of our Tampa Kaleidoscope.

April 30, 2013 – A New Quilt Experiment and Leaning Process – Tampa Kaleidoscope

May 2, 2013 – Progress Report – Tampa Kaleidoscope

May 4, 2013 – Update – Tampa Kaleidoscope

May 5, 2013 – Tampa Kaleidoscope – Progress On Colorways

May 12, 2013 – Progress – Tampa Kaleidoscope – And The Thought of Two New Quilts

June 20, 2013 – Tampa Kaleidoscope – Quilt Progress

June 24, 2013 – Tampa Kaleidoscope – The String Begins

July 1, 2013 – Tampa Kaleidoscope – Quilt in Progress

July 13, 2013 – Tampa Kaleidoscope – A Quick Update

July 21, 2013 – Tampa Kaleidoscope – Loaded On Longarm

June 17, 2014 - Tampa Kaleidoscope completed.

Keep tabs with us at Quilts SB for updates and our progress. Scroll down to the bottom of each page on Quilts SB to see our Grid of our completed quilts and wall hangings.

Please feel free to contact us at Quilts SB.


Jim and Andy

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