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March 29, Kaleidoscope Newsletter

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Hello Quilters,
We’ve had a pretty good week.  We hope that you have too.  We are doing yard work and finishing up old projects.  We can’t wait to see everyone at our “Show and Tell” event in April.

Kaleidoscope Quilt featuring Kaffe Fassett fabric.

Cindy made this Kaleidoscope Quilt, combining the simplicity of a kaleidoscope block with the complexity of the “stack and whack” technique. A kaleidoscope can have many different looks.  Scroll to the bottom to see other possible designs.  Our favorite book is Kaleidoscope ABC’s by Marti Michell, ($22) and her Kaleido-Ruler, ($18.99)

This is what the fabric looks like.  All the block centers are cut from this fabric.  The corners are from Cindy’s stash.  You need 8 repeats to make this quilt.  (That’s about 3 1/2 yds.)

Hello Everyone, 
We’ve had a good week.  Some work outside, some work at the church yard sale and some sewing on old projects.  Fabric orders are still way behind.  Several companies are months behind in delivery.
Cindy is busy with some home improvement projects and some small sewing projects.  You know, sometimes you have to step away from your sewing machine.
As I told you last week, I pulled out a bag of black and white, red, yellow and orange.  The pattern inside was Twinkling Stars by Quilt Country. ($7)  We still have 3 patterns left if you want one.  Copyright on the pattern is 2001, if that gives you an idea how long this has been packed away!  This pattern uses fat quarters.  You stack your fat quarters, cut the same shapes from all the FQ, and then shuffle everything.  So each fabric is a star point, a center square, a connector block, etc.  Here is what I ended up with.

I ended up with a Halloween quilt.  This quilt looks like candy corn to me.  Not what I was expecting, but I’ve always wanted a Halloween quilt, so it worked out in the end.  HOWEVER, when I pulled the pieces out of the bag and stitched them together, this quilt looked like I had sewn elastic all the way around the edge.  The outer triangles were too small.  The lesson I learned from this is check the measurements on your old projects.  Sometimes there was a reason you set it aside.  20 years later you don’t remember that.
Here’s the same quilt design, in Moda fabrics that we made 20 years ago

Save the Date for our “Show and Tell” Event

Friday, April 9 and Saturday. April 10, 2021

We are going to have a big “Show and Tell” event. We are so excited about this event and given the response, you are too.  We look forward to seeing you. Bring all the quilts and quilt tops that you have made.  Bring a yard chair.  We’ll be outside at the barn.  Assuming that the weather cooperates, it should be a fun day.  (If the weather is cold or rainy, we’ll reschedule.)  We’ll have coffee and muffins.  We’ll still be careful.  We’ll be respectful of space.  We’ll do another event later if you are not comfortable being out yet.  Plan to arrive about 10ish and we’ll start the Show and Tell at 11ish.  It will be helpful if you let us know if you are coming, so we can prepare enough muffins, but a reservation is not required. Someone asked, “Can we shop?”  Yes, by all means!  Shopping is encouraged!

As you know, we are working on our church yard sale.  The money we raise goes for college scholarships.  If you would like to bring items for the yard sale, we will gladly accept them.  We are looking for basic household items like sheets and towels and kitchen items.  We sell a lot of old suitcases.  Please do not bring random electronics. Don’t even think about bringing that old treadmill that’s taking up space in your sewing room.

Call or text Cindy – 704-376-2531 if you would like to order anything, rsvp for the show and tell or make an appointment to shop. Taxes and shipping will be added to orders. Remember, we do not have a shopping cart on our website.  If you need us for anything, call and make a shopping appointment.

Shopping Time

You can always make an appointment for any time that suits you by calling Cindy at the number above.  We would love to see you. We will be close by all week, but will be here on Friday for sure from 10am – 2ish.  Call us if you need directions.  We are located off I-40 between Statesville and Mocksville, NC.

Some Fabric Pizzas to Sell
featuring Kaffe Fassett fabrics.
Ten 1/2 yds pieces per pizza






Quilt Show

Kaleidoscope has many different faces.  You can make this quilt many times and each quilt will look different depending on fabric choice, layout, etc.

This is the basic block. Traditionally the block consists of 8 triangles. (45 degree). Shown here, each block is 4 light and 4 dark triangles.  Half the blocks will have dark corners and half the blocks will have light corners.

This is the traditional set up.  Most people say they see circles, yet all the lines are straight lines.  Now, let’s go a step further…

Take a good look at this sample.  One block is 8 dark triangles with light corners, and the the connecting block is 4 dark triangles and 4 light triangles with light corners.  The triangles are extended into the border.  Now you see even more curves!

We call this one Cheerios.  Same Kaleidoscope block, but 3 dark triangles, then 1 light triangle, then 3 more dark triangles and 1 more light triangle.  All the blocks have light corners.
As you can see, all these quilts look entirely different, but are the same basic block.  We’ll look at some more versions next week.
Scrap quilt tips

We’ve talked about organizing your fabric. This is always a struggle.
We’ve talked a little about having contrast, or a variety of lights and darks in your quilts.  We’ve talked about prewashing or not.
You are ready to start cutting….
Take some time to starch and iron your fabric.  As fabric gets thinner, taking the time to prep your fabric before cutting is very important.  Cindy and I both have a piece of midweight plywood, covered with thin batting and muslin that we press on.  It’s about 24″ x 24″.  Bigger than a fat quarter.  Use whatever product you like the best.  Spray your fabric.  Let it rest a while.  Then iron parallel to the selvage or lengthwise grain.  I like to press one fabric, lay another on top and press again.  I continue until I have 6-8 layers deep.  I set these stacks aside until I am ready to cut.  More on cutting next week…

Come to see us this week.  Bring what you are working on to show us.
Call Cindy – 704-376-2531 if you would like to order anything or make an appointment to shop.


One last thing, something new is coming this fall.  During the months of October and November, we will be participating in the ALL CAROLINA’S SHOP HOP.  This will incorporate shops all over NC and SC. Look for the page on Facebook.  More details to follow.

Keep reading our newsletters.  We’ll have something different to feature each week. If your friends need to sign up, please go to our website, and put your info in the signup box.  Make sure you click on the desktop version, if you are looking on your phone, to get the full  website with all the quilt photos.

Tell your friends to look for our newsletters on Facebook.
Search for The Quilter’s Gallery or Cynthia Page.

Curly says, “I’ve had a hard week.  All this rain has made my skin sore.  My momma, with some help from her sweet farrier, Miss Meridith, had to sedate me, shave my legs, scrub them with Ivory soap, rinse them and apply antibiotic ointment.  It’s gonna take more than carrots to get me in a good mood again.”
Cindy – 704-376-2531
Patti – 704-807-6992












Save the Date

Quilting and Fiber Art Marketplace
Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center
1801 Nash St.
Sanford, NC 27330
Jan. 14, 2022 – 9am – 5 pm
Jan. 15, 2022 – 9am – 4 pm.

We have assembled more than 30 of your favorite small businesses that feature the best products for quilters and knitters.  Spend the day shopping for quilting fabrics, yarns for knitting, and wools for appliqué and much more.
QFAM starts early at 9am with Early Bird Specials.  Many vendors will have selected items on sale from 9am – 10am. Throughout the day, we will have hourly door prize drawings.  We plan to give away a couple of sewing machines as well!
Plan to arrive early and spend the day.  The first 100 people in the door, get an extra ticket to win all day long.
Mrs. Lacy’s Magnolia House will be serving her wonderful chicken salad and baked goods for your pleasure.


Quilting and Needle Art Extravaganza
Statesville Civic Center
300 South Center St.
Statesville, NC
Jan. 28, 2022 from 9 am – 5 pm
Jan. 29, 2022 from 9 am – 4 pm

Mark your calendar for this fabulous shopping event!
Spend the day shopping for quilting fabrics, yarns for knitting, and wools for appliqué.  Books, patterns and notions will inspire you to create.  Shop for a new sewing machine or a long arm sewing machine.  Our vendors are quilt shops and knitting shops.  Some vendors dye their own fabrics and some “grow” their own yarns on their farms.  Some vendors design their own patterns and some just know where to order the “best stuff”.
There will be hourly door prizes and each day at 3pm, Sew Original from Winston Salem and Studio Stitch from Greensboro will be giving away a Bernina Sewing machine.  (You must be present to win a machine.)  Arrive early.  Be one of the first 100 people in the door, and you will get an extra ticket to win all day long.
Cafe 220 will be there with their fabulous food and Troyer’s Bakery will have delicious baked goods.

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