“Mirror-image” the motifs in large-scale or novelty prints to create kaleidoscope-style patchwork. Below you’ll find both video and image+text tutorials for this technique with clear, step-by-step instructions. PLUS—if you’ve found this lesson useful, you can download a copy of this AND many more Sew Easy lessons in our FREE eBooklet Sew Easy Lessons: The Essential Collection of Quilting Techniques. Click here to download your copy of this lesson plus many other tried-and-true patchwork tutorials!
Step-by-Step Sew Easy Instructions
- Identify desired motif. Using a folding mirror helps isolate a motif, and visualize the repeat.
- Mark required number of motifs on fabric, outlining area larger than finished patch, then cut into equally sized portions.
- Stack equally sized portions of fabric, aligning motifs by pushing a sharp pin through each layer at same point.
- Using a fussy-cutting window or template, isolate your desired motif within your shape.
- Cut through all layers.
- When patches (here, diamonds) are sewn together, they “kaleidoscope” into fascinating patterns.
Products used: Martelli’s Color-Contrasting Cutting Mat, Martelli’s 6″ x 24″ No-Slip Ruler, Martelli’s Quilt Marking Pencil, Martelli’s 60mm Ergonomic Rotary Cutter, Martelli’s Diamond Templates and Fussy-Cut Set, and Martelli’s Advantage Work Station. For a complete catalog of Martelli’s notions, as well as useful how-to videos, visit their website.
Other products include folding mirror (by Marti Michell), glasshead pins, Aurifil 40wt. cotton thread (fuchsia).
Machine featured is the performance icon™ by PFAFF®. To find a retailer near you, visit PFAFF.com.
Fabric from Gulls Just Want to Have Fun collection by Paintbrush Studio Fabrics.
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