Kaleidoscope Paper Piecing by Nancy Mahoney

Kaleidoscope Paper PiecingKaleidoscope Paper Piecing: 10 Dynamic Quilt Designs
By Nancy Mahoney
Gifted by Martingale
Reviewed by Jessica Nichols, Editor of FaveQuilts.com

If you adore geometric patterns, optical illusions, and loads of color, then you'll love Kaleidoscope Paper Piecing: 10 Dynamic Quilt Designs by Nancy Mahoney. This book of paper piecing patterns includes 10 unique blocks that are symmetrical on four different lines, which divide each block into eight mirrored segments. Each block also has a layout, color combination, and border suggestion designed to complement the shape and feel of that particular block. The quilt patterns in this book will inspire you to make your own kaleidoscope quilts!

Most of us remember playing with kaleidoscopes as children, twisting the multifaceted lens to see what color combinations and illusions we could create. Making a kaleidoscope quilt gives you the same enjoyment as an adult. With the patterns and ideas in Kaleidoscope Paper Piecing, you'll be able to play with colors, shades, and values to create multiple patterns in each quilt top. You'll never get tired of trying out new combinations and arrangements. Mahoney has given you 10 paper pieced kaleidoscope quilt blocks to start with. She begins the book with a simple Shadow Play block that's easy for beginners to create. The patterns at the beginning of the book will help you get used to paper piecing kaleidoscope blocks. The blocks get more complex as you move towards the end of the book, culminating in a Raspberry Truffle block that ends up looking like concentric layering of stars and octagons. 

Each pattern in Kaleidoscope Paper Piecing includes paper piecing templates for creating the units that make up each block. These templates are color coded to make it easier to follow the designs given in the book. The patterns for each block also include a materials list for the quilt shown, instructions for creating one block, directions for assembling the quilt, and instructions for creating any borders shown in the sample. The quilt patterns also have suggestions for quilting patterns that will emphasize and complement the kaleidoscope patterns.

Once you try some of the quilt patterns in Kaleidoscope Paper Piecing, you won't be able to get enough of paper pieced kaleidoscope quilts. You'll want to use these block patterns to create your own layouts and designs!

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