|Blue Moon Quilt, 2011|
by jojo sabalvaro tan
approx 72" x 56"
100% cotton fabric
I had some predominantly blue fabrics in dark and light values that came with a kit that I purchased in Wisconsin years ago. After I got it home, I could not find the umph to make the quilt. So the fabrics sat in my sewing room for years. One day, I was watching a quilting demonstration show on TV. They were making a kaleidoscope quilt. The quilt block was made of 8 pie-shaped triangles and 4 corner triangles to make the kaleidoscope block. What intrigued me with this particular quilt is once the blocks are put together, you see other shapes formed such as a circle, flower and star. And it does seem like looking into a viewfinder of a kaleidospe. Aha, I thought, since the demo quilt in particular only used a dark and light of the same color, maybe I can use my blue fabrics in the kit to make a kaleidoscope quilt. So, I went ahead and ordered the kaleidoscope ruler.
I decided to make an 8" block. I found the 8" markings on the kaleidoscope ruler, I used that as a guide to cut a bunch of light and dark pie-shaped triangles as well as the smaller corner triangles.
|The Kaleidoscope ruler|
and light and dark pie-shaped triangles and small corner triangle.
For each block, you need 4 light and 4 dark pie-shaped triangles and 4 small corner triangles.
|For the dark block, sew a light ice cream piece to a dark pie.|
For the light block, sew a dark ice cream to a light pie.
|Attach the pieces together, alternating dark and light pies.|
This is how the light block looks, with dark ice cream pieces and light pies.
|This is the dark block, with light ice cream pieces and dark pies.|
The finished blocks are 8" square.
|Sew a dark block to a light block, alternating light and dark.|
|Here are more blocks put together|
|You can actually see how the blocks form an optical illusion with secondary and tertiary designs.|
The large blue circles which inspired the name Blue Moon,
|The finished quilt is 6 blocks wide and 8 blocks long for a total of 48 blocks.|
I used a 4" blue border to frame the quilt.
I had so much fun making this quilt and hope to one day make it is more than two colors for a true color-filled kaleidoscope effect.
The name of the quilt is also inspired by the song Blue Moon, which is a sort of anthem for my high school class. Maybe I'll take it along to our next reunion and have everyone sign it as a memento.
This quilt is dedicated to Class of 1965 - University of the Philippines Preparatory School.