Wednesday, October 1, 2008

A Quilter's ABC--K

ABC Wednesday, the brainchild of Mrs. Nesbitt is now managed with an anthology blog and a separate Mr. Linky page. Thank you to the team who help Mrs. Nesbitt keep it going.
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Continuing the quilting theme, I had to wrack my brain for a K block. Looking into my resources I decided to check if there was something including my name--no, not Katney, but Kathy. I found Kathy's Ramble--but rejected it as unworthy of consideration because it is what someone decided to call a simple Pinwheel.
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That did remind me, however, of the dozens of Kaleidoscope Pinwheel blocks I have on hand--samples and demos left from classes I have taught in local quiltshops.


Kaleidoscope Pinwheel is just one of many possible block designs developed by Bethany Reynolds in her series of Stack and Whack books. (Wow! Am I out of the loop! In catching the URL for her website I just discovered a new tenth anniversary Stack and Whack book out this month--er--last month since it is now the first. And just when my Amazon order was delivered--had I known, I could have included it.) Do click on the Quilt Gallery and Workshop links at her page to see lots of beautiful FINISHED Stack and Whack quilts.

One of the pleasures of doing Stack and Whack Kaleidoscope Pinwheels is the variety. Almost any fabric with a pattern will work, the wilder and more free flowing the better. But what happens when you cut it in various areas to make the Kaleidoscope can be amazing. All the above blocks were made with this floral.

And the contrasts don't have to be aswell defined as those, although you certainly wouldn't call the blocks below subtle.

When I was choosing fabric for my first Stack and Whack, I was looking at some black and white pieces. Another customer int he store asked me what I planned to do with the, admittedly, ugly fabric I was pondering. When I said Stack and Whack, she declared: "You can't do Stack and Whack with that! There are no colors!"

If you have followed me at all, you know that admonition went nowhere but to make me more determined. Hmm, I must have a picture somewhere of that very striking quilt.

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You may have noticed over the weeks of Round 3 of ABC Wednesday that I post mostly blocks and sometimes even unfinished blocks. Finished quilts quickly find homes, though if I took the time to search some disorganized photos I could show them. It's more fun to sometimes have to make a block to post, and when I don't do that, I have plenty of UFOs* to accommodate the alphabet.
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Be sure to visit other ABC Wednesday participants to see what they have sewn up for the letter K.
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*a quilters term for UnFinished Objects.

21 comments:

PERBS said...

Beautiful!

I wish I could do that kind of nice work. I have almost given up on the 2 quilts I was doing the tops for. The rest of the quilters group got busy or have out of town relatives and I have to do it all and have to have them finished this weekend. It isn't going to happen. Now I have to give them the money back as it has already been donated to the VA. sigh

CrazyCath said...

I have GOT to see that black and white one now! I really have to. It doesn't need colours! It is the PATTERN that makes a kaleidoscope work, not the colours, although with colour it IS pretty. ;0)

Great K post Katney. I wondered if you would do a self portrait sort of one!

Miss_Yves said...

Amazing patterns !
miss Yves

Mary said...

I always look forward to this! You've made so many different types of quilts and blocks! I just bought that Stack N Whack book for our guild (I'm the guild librarian). Looks like a great book. I've always wanted to do a Stack N Whack. Would like to see the black and white one....very stunning I imagine.

Aileni said...

I stand speechless - the designs just get more and more complex.

Jonna said...

Beautiful! In college I did some paintings based on quilt patterns. They turned out quite nice. I will have to take photos and post them, as well.

Good for you regarding that lady who said b&w had no color. I cannot wait to see that photo.

Nydia said...

Wow, that's one of the most beautiful from your collection, I love these kaleydoscope samples, first time I see something like that! So original! I also want to see your b & w quilt, it must be gorgeous - I love black and whites!!!

Great post, Katney, thanks for sharing all these beautiful pieces.
Kisses from Nydia.

The Holleys said...

Oh wow! They're beautiful, Katney! I would love to learn how to make them. So colorful!

Mine is posted here:
http://www.imincultureshock.com/2008/10/abc-wednesday-k-is-for-kit.html

peppylady said...

it sure looks challenging. I would like to try to do a quilt but something easier.

Kim from Hiraeth said...

I've never seen a Kaleidoscope quilt before--the sky is the limit, apparently.

And I do think a black and white one would be just as interesting. . .

photowannabe said...

Amazing how different each one looks from the same fabric. I love the Kaleidoscope pinwheel effect. Great choice Katney.

Daryl said...

Love these patterns and the colors, fabrics!

:-Daryl

starnitesky said...

These quilt blocks are stunning, I love the pink!

Cindy said...

I love seeing your quilty ABC's. I used to stack and whack fabrics just to see all the patterns! Only ever made one complete quilt. :)

becky voyles said...

I love the 1st and last two best. Mine is up now.

babooshka said...

You've surpassed yourslef this week. It amazes me how you match the letter each week to the quilting. It's so beautiful too.

Bear Naked said...

Kaleidoscope Pinwheel is a great choice for letter K on ABC Wednesday.
And I love what quilters say about UFO's.
As someone who sews and knits I can tell you I have many many UFO's in my craft room.

Bear((( )))

leslie said...

I think I like these ones the best of all you've shown so far. I love the colours and the swirls! They're just beautiful...

mrsnesbitt said...

So that is your U post sorted out too!

Wonderful colours, the pink is simply me.

Neva said...

A very beautiful quilt and a great letter for "K". I did not have time to post a "K" this week...first time in a very long time! After this week....I should be better with my time management...

Liz said...

THose pinwheels are gorgeous. I love the pinky ones.