Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Fun on the Internet!

Last week, Sue over at The Magpie's Nest had a link for an on-line kaleidoscope tool. That was the mostest fun I've had in a while! (Thanks, Sue!) I played for hours with that thing! I started with pictures of flowers and trees and stuff. But the best thing was when I put in pictures of my quilts! These are just awesome to me!
I love how the quilting shows up in this Amish quilt.

And I love the intricacy of this log cabin quilt!

And look at the Snail's Trail! I wish I could make a quilt that looks like this. But I'll settle for playing with this tool and having the picture.
Go play with the kaleidoscope maker with your own quilt photos - you'll have fun!

This is my Handy Andy quilt, which I first showed here. This quilt took me ten (10!) years to make. The blocks are relatively easy. I tried the technique of layering the 2 fabrics, drawing lines on the light fabric and sewing on either side of the line, then cutting it apart. That was OK, but not as accurate as I would have liked.
The hardest part for me was using sashing together with setting the blocks on point. When I started this quilt, I didn't have the skills to finish it. I had no idea how to do the setting (edge) triangles, nor how to get the sashing to come out correctly. I'm glad I waited to finish this until I knew how to do it right. This is also probably my first "planned" scrap quilt. It took me a while to get enough of the green fabrics.
I had it machine quilted, and had the quilter reduce the pantograph to 75% of the original size. I'm glad I did - I still like the quilting!

And, of course, I have to have a helper when the quilts come out for photos!


  1. How fun! Those pictures would be fabulous quilts. Your Handy Andy looks wonderful and I think your helper is pleased, too.

  2. Oh my, how gorgeous! Since I'm partial to applique that first one is my favorite. Blessings, marlene

  3. Those look like the quilts that I wish I had the skill to make. I liked the log cabin one best. I may just have to play with the tool too.

    Your handy andy quilt looks great. I'm glad the kitty approved it.

  4. I think your cats are photo hounds! Sharon - you are doing kaleidoscopes, too! What fun! I like your Handy Andy. I think it is okay if it took you 10 years for completion. It was worth it! I have a hand pieced queen size quilt that has been basted for over 10 years, and I have not put a quilting stitch in it yet. My quilting ideas are still formulating!

  5. Great Fun! Thank you for sharing Sharon! Your kitty has beautiful eyes and I love all of your quilts.

  6. Your quilts made spectacular kaleidoscopes!!! Isn't that just too much fun?!


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