Sunday, July 10, 2011

The internet provides advice and inspiration!


I have pieced all 30 blocks for the Kaleidoscope Quilt, so I am up to date in the Kaleidoscope QAL being led by Elizabeth from Don't Call Me Betsy. I asked readers on this blog and also at the QAL flickr group to help me decide between two layouts. This layout, which was #1, was preferred about 2:1 so I went with it. The internet quilting community is the best! Just ask a question and people take time out of their busy lives to provide you with helpful and thoughtful advice.

In other news, I was selected in the lottery to get into Doll Quilt 11! I am so excited to get to play along in this swap. I make a small quilt, between 9" and 18" on each side for my secret partner. The quilt is not to be an art quilt, but rather a miniature of a quilt one might put on a bed.

So in an effort to assist my unknown partner, I made a mosaic full of ideas that I like from other quilters on flickr. It sure is hard to put everything I like in only one mosaic, and since it has such nice things I thought I would share it here too:

Mosaic for DQS 11

The picture on flickr has a comment about why I included everything as well as a link to each of these photos in larger format on the maker's pages (click the picture to go there). The goal of the mosaic is to give one's partner some direction as opposed to saying "I like everything." The truth is, although I guess I don't really like everything, I like quite a lot of different things and would be happy with most anything someone made especially for me.

I have been researching my partner and her likes and dislikes and I hope to start developing some ideas for her quilt soon. Other people are already sewing, it looks like it will be a fun experience.

Making the mosaic was so inspiring.  I sure will be glad to be finished my work in the next day or two and off on vacation where, after the first week off on a special trip, there will be loads of time to relax, go to the beach, and sew.




  1. I just love your fabric choices. it looks SO good! a doll quilt sounds like a fun project. have fun!

  2. oh your kaleidoscope looks great! I just finished my blocks tonight too - whew!! And congrats on getting into the doll swap you wanted in. That's cool!

  3. I love the colours of your Kaleidoscope quilt - quite different.
    Good to be in the Swap with you........

  4. The kaleidoscope looks fantastic, I love the grey circles :-) Good luck for DQS11!

  5. I really like thet Kaleidoscope layout!! Looks awesome!

    And Congratulations on the doll swap! That will be so fun! I can't wait to see what you come up with! I am sure it will be awesome!

  6. Your quilt is going to be great! And I love your mosaic of pictures!

  7. your quilt is the layout and the colours

  8. I love your Kaleidoscope - beautiful colors and patterns!!

  9. Your Kaliedoscope quilt is stunning L. Perfect choice! Jxo

  10. Kaleidoscope Quilt is looking lovely!
    And congrats on being chosen for DQS11 I look forward to what you come up with! :)


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