28 July 2011


When I saw the  Kaleidoscope Quilt-Along  I really wanted to run~along and join Elizabeth . I downloaded the templates ….and then I got scared..all those pointy points…I’m no good at matching the points. Then I thought, hey, I can EPP the kaleidoscope! EPP is very forgiving….with a little nudge, you can make the points meet!

So, I headed off to my favourite free Graph Paper Generator to get my isoceles triangles and squares.


At this page, choose these settings to get the squares paper pieces.


At this page, choose these settings to get octagons. I used an octagon to get eight kaleidoscope triangles.
You will get two octagons.Join the points to get eight isoceles triangles with a 2” base.  ( Yeah, after a few attempts, I figured out the  right measurements.)
Make as many paper pieces as you like.I didn’t make too many because I removed and reused the paper pieces as I went  along.
Because I didn’t stitch through the paper, I had one step less when I removed the paper. I just leave the basting stitches on. I find that it holds the seams in place and not open out.
Can I call this Kaleidoscope Tessellation ?
Here, I quilted triangle shapes in the octagon….
and here, I quilted the octagon shape.
I did the backing using my cool method.
My Kaleidoscope Tessellation Table Runner .
Yes, I have made many many table runners! My daughter advises me to start giving some away!

26 July 2011

More of Jack’s Chain


I seem to have misplaced my mojo somewhere amongst my WIPs and UFOs and fabric stash and scraps. All I did since my last post was hand stitching more Jack’s Chain.




I made another table runner, this time in blue….




and a red table topper. If you have not seen my earlier Jack’s Chain, please do. I have this cool method to finish the curves Smile




When I saw Vreni’s tessellations blocks using EPP, it dawned on me that Jack’s Chain is a tessellation block too.


“A tessellation is created when a shape is repeated over and over again covering a plane without any gaps or overlaps.”


Come back soon. I have a kaleidoscope tessellation to show you !