Hi everyone! Welcome to my stop on the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks blog tour! My name is Shelley, and I’m the designer behind Cora’s Quilts. My hubby and I make our home in Northern California with our two sons, ages 5 and 3.3. Aside from all of the adventures that come along with a house full of boys, I’m an avid reader, addicted to Bikram Yoga, collector of fabric, a budding knitter, and I somehow manage to sneak in a little bit of time for sewing and designing quilt patterns.
My designs typically fit somewhere in the realm between Modern and Contemporary Quilting, and my current obsessions are Mosaic and Fair-Isle inspired designs. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to take a peek at our pattern collection and poke around our shop before heading to your next destination.
Now, on to the block!
Introducing … Kaleidofloat
You might be surprised to see that block #1365, with all those curves is mine, especially since I tend to stick to straight-edged designs … but hear me out!
For some reason, I had it in my mind that curves were icky and typically avoided them at all costs. But in all honesty … I had never tried them until that class … and they really aren’t that bad! Yes, they do require careful cutting, lots of pins, slower-paced sewing, and a little bit of fussy alignment … but the resulting blocks are totally worth it!!!
The original inspiration behind my block was a simplified dragonfly block that I rotated around a center axis.
I love the look of pairing both the individual blocks along side the kaleidoscope blocks in a horizontally-set crib-sized quilt or in an on-point setting for a larger quilt.
And … if you mix in a few extra orange peel blocks, the possibilities are endless!
I hope that if curves are new to you, you’ll try our block out and see that they’re actually super fun to play around with and that they open the door to loads of exciting design opportunities.
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