Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Summer Breeze Kaleidoscope Block Pillow

Hello and happy Tuesday!  A little while ago I was asked to quilt along and make a project using Fat Quarter Shop's new pattern, Summer Breeze. After seeing the pattern, I knew it would be just beautiful using our Desert Bloom fabric!

I'm a little late with my post, but so, so happy with my finished pillow!
The technique for this quilt is fun...you begin with simple strip piecing which always saves time!

Next, block sections are trimmed up using the Creative Grids 45 degree Kaleidoscope ruler. 

Background triangles and triangles cut from the strip-pieced sections are sewn together to form the block.

Then...and this is the best part...blocks are trimmed to the perfect size with the Creative Grids 8 1/2" square ruler.

The blocks are a lot of fun to make; the strip-piecing saves time, and all of the other block sections can be chain pieced to save even more time.

I had a lot of fun using the low-volume prints from Desert Bloom for half of my background sections.

Sewing the blocks together creates a fun secondary pattern. I used four blocks to make my pillow. If you end up making the quilt you will have enough blocks left over to make a pillow, too.

Simple straight line quilting with lines just 1/2" apart was all this needed to make the block designs stand out. My pillow finished up at 16" x 16" which I've decided is my favorite pillow size--not too big and not too small!

For all of the details and step by step instructions for this gorgeous quilt, you can watch the YouTube video below...


And the Summer Breeze quilt pattern is available from Fat Quarter Shop as a downloadable PDF here. 

This was a really fun project to make...if you've been wanting to try the kaleidoscope block and/or ruler, this is a terrific method to use.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Susan said...

What I love is the edging. I can't tell if it's real binding placed on after the pillow is filled, or if it's faux, sewn on before ir is backed like a narrow border, or do you have another trick up your sleeve?

Hildy said...

Beautiful pillow! I love 16" pillows too but 20" is a great size too.

Helen L said...

gorgeous pillow Sherri!! I just may need that pattern (but first off to do some Cub Scout prep for tonight!) Hugs H

Rosemary B❤️ said...

...oh wow... Sherri, this is genius
lol I love it, what a cool idea.
How come I never think of such exciting ideas?
:-P Happy Tuesday

Rosemary B❤️ said...

Oh ♥️ I got my prize yesterday from Green Fairy
My daughters were here and my grand baby Sarah and we opened the package and all screamed hahahaha
Thank you again. I am so proud to have won a prize from YOU♥️

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