Kaleidoscope quilt blocks | Block 2 easy variation

In yesterday’s post, I showed you how I made 8 – 45-degree triangle units to make Kaleidoscope Block 1 with FABRIC CREATIONS Cotton, Best Press Starch Alternative, GÜTERMANN 100% Polyester Thread, Clover 9612 Roll ‘n Press and Sew Easy Freezer Paper for Quilting and Applique. Today I’m showing you a very easy and fun variation 2. This one involves only 4 triangles. It’s pretty, fresh-looking and a perfect spring stash buster. Follow along with me.

Kaleidoscope Block 2 with no tear paper piecing

Note: The method for sewing Block 2 is the same as I described yesterday, refer to my post, Kaleidoscope quilt blocks | No tear paper piecing! for the detailed sewing instructions.

Instructions

  1. Print out the pattern for Block 2 below onto freezer paper or trace it onto freezer paper.

Pattern printed out on freezer paper

2. Crease all lines in the pattern as described in yesterday’s post with a Clover Roll ‘n Press.

All lines creased with the Clover Roll ‘n Press

3. Cut out all fabric pieces ½” larger than the paper pattern templates as done with Kaleidoscope Block 1.

4. Sew with the freezer paper templates 4 times to make the block units as shown. You can mix up the fabric as I did using 8 patterned pieces and 2 different background pieces in turquoise and white. Wait until you see the secondary pattern it creates. It’s stunning!

Kaleidoscope triangle 1 for block 2 before squaring

5. Once you have 4 of the triangle units trimmed as shown below, match the seams and sew them together in groups of 2.

4 triangle units trimmed to make the Kaleidoscope Block 2

Pin to match seams as shown

6. Press all joining seams open as shown, use Best Press Starch Alternative and the Clover Roll ‘n Press to coax seams flat (recommended).

Pressing joining seams open

7. Sew all units together in groups of 2 and then through the middle as done with yesterday’s block. Press all joining seams open to reduce bulk.

8. Admire the block completed. This block works out to be 8½” square. Make as many of these as you like.

Completed Kaleidoscope Block 2

These blocks couldn’t be done without FABRIC CREATIONS Cotton, Best Press Starch Alternative, GÜTERMANN 100% Polyester Thread, Clover 9612 Roll ‘n Press or Sew Easy Freezer Paper for Quilting and Applique.

Look for these notions at your local quilt store or ask to have them ordered for you. Come on back tomorrow when I show you the design potential and layout variations that can be achieved with these 2 paper pieced blocks.

This is part 4 of 5 in this series

Go back to part 3: Kaleidoscope quilt blocks | No tear paper piecing magic!

Go to part 5: Kaleidoscope quilt blocks | Exciting layout choices

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