Kaleidoscope Burst Table Quilt Pattern by Lynette Jensen – Fons & Porter

Lynette Jensen is back with another lovely quilt pattern from the Thimbleberries Project of the Month Club! You might be surprised to learn that this isn’t a scrap quilt pattern, although it certainly could become one! This table runner is called Kaleidoscope Burst and it’s an easy project that looks great with any décor! Here’s what Lynette had to say about it…

I guess Johnny One Note could have been the name of this table runner quilt pattern. It’s made up entirely of a one block unit, repeated over and over again. You can see how this could be the beginning of a great scrap quilt pattern in addition to the basis for this runner.

Each unit is comprised of just three fabrics, with units sewn into pairs. Before sewing paired units together, each is turned 90° before joining. This process forms half of the 16″ quilt block. So, the block unit construction is simple and straightforward. The only trick, for many quilters, is lining up all the seams and joining together.

Here’s a quick lesson in quilt history:
There has been a long standing guideline in quiltmaking from which we’ve all been trained; it tells us to press the seams in one direction before joining block units together. This guideline came to be long, long ago when quilting first started and the pieces were joined by hand stitching with a very simple running stitch. Three trains of thought supported this theory:

  1. Pressing seams in one direction strengthened them by not exposing the stitching, as opposed to pressing the seams open.
  2. When a light and a dark fabric were joined together, if the the seam was pressed toward the darker fabric, the seam would not “shadow” through to the right side.
  3. Quilts were hand-quilted and quilting around the individual pieces in the block was a common way to quilt. There was less bulk on that side of the seam, making it easier to stitch, and it did not require marking the quilt with a stencil design.

These were all very practical reasons that may not apply now. Machine stitching of the pieces to make the block will create very strong seams. For many, pressing the seams open makes it much easier to match up the seams to create really precise blocks. In many cases, the fabrics do not “shadow” to the right side, so pressing the seams open will also work. For many, this kind of a project will be machine-quilted and eliminating bulk on one side of the seam is not an issue. So, if it makes it easier for you to control all the seams, press the seams open! I think you might like how easily the seams match up.

Kaleidoscope Quilt Blocks

The extra scrap project included in the Kaleidoscope quilt pattern is for Scrap Patch Pillow Shams. One of the things that really finishes off a bed ensemble is a set of pillow shams that tie in the colors of the quilt. There are always enough fabrics left over for such a bonus project. This particular design will complement any quilt as the shams don’t have to mirror the quilt design. As a matter of fact, making them different gives relief to the eye. Now that rectangular pillows are trending, you might want to make a few of them as throw pillows for your couch!

Thank you so much, Lynette! Great information and a lovely table quilt pattern. Take a closer look at the other projects offered in the Thimbleberries Project of the Month Club. It’s such a fun club to be a part of!

Carrie Sisk, Online Editor, Fons & Porter


Happy Quilting!

Carrie Sisk, Fons & Porter, Online Editor

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