Kaleidoscope Log Cabin for Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks

Friday, November 9, 2012
The newest collection of Quiltmaker's 100 blocks is available. It includes my contribution, the Kaleidoscope Log Cabin. I like that this Make it Simpler block creates it's own stripe sashing, hourglass posts on point, and bull's-eye log cabin centers.
My Kaleidoscope Log Cabin
Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks vol. 6 page 31
Participating 100 Blocks designers are linked on The Quiltmaker Blog
I based my block on an antique pieced wool quilt (below, on the table) in my collection. I stop in my tracks for any eccentric Log Cabin or Pineapple quilt. I brought the quilt to my classroom in New York's Riverbank State Park Cultural Center in 2007 with my first Kaleidoscope Log Cabin foundation block. I'd drafted it with Electric Quilt software. Blocks were sewn and colorful quilts began to appear from scraps.

I'm fond of those made of inconsistently sized patches in class quilts

The rendering below is an arrangement of square blocks

In my head I merged my block layout, above, with the distinct angularity of  Navajo blankets by re-working my Quiltmaker block into a rectangular 8:9 format. I chose that proportion, because it calls for 1½"  strips. That's a sensible size and besides, I'm always cutting 1½" strips for my next Self-Mitered Log Cabin
  
Above: A Navajo blanket 1863

8" wide x  9" tall rectangular blocks

Below are computer renderings of my Kaleidoscope Log Cabin composed of squares and below it, rectangles. In the real world I'd make it entirely scrappy without repeated blocks.


Square block layout


Rectangular block layout

For 100 fabulous new blocks I urge you to get a copy of Volume 6 for yourself. It includes 12" finished (12½" unfinished) Square Kaleidoscope Log Cabin.



You may download the variation, the Make it Simpler® Rectangular Kaleidoscope Log Cabin block pattern by clicking here 


For an opportunity to win a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Volume 6, please comment by noon Monday, NYC time, telling me where in the world you live. If you don't see a "Post a Comment" link below, click on "Links to this post" 

11/12/2012
I was tempted to close my eyes and stick a pin into a map of the world for the giveaway winner;  Instead I relied upon Random.org  Kathy's number came up and I await her address. 

It's been a thrill for me to learn where the commenters reside. Thank you for sharing a bit of yourselves. My latest share is that I'll soon be heading to Denver to film some of my work for Craftsy I hope to 'see' you there.
Anita

175 comments:

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

BRASIL,Região Serrana do Estado do RIO de JANEIRO.Parabéns por estar na revista e explicar tecnica tão bem.
Obrigada.





tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

Anita Grossman Solomon said...

TT: obrigado

Debbie said...

I'm in Israel, Anita. I love your block. So simple. It's cool that the rectangle blocks make diamonds.

Sue Bone said...

I live on the small island of Jersey off the north west coast of France.

Anonymous said...

I live in the Netherlands in a smal village: Berkel en Rodenrijs
hanke@fijnvandraat.com

hueisei said...

Great block! Thanks for sharing :)
I'm from Malaysia :)

midwestmarykay said...

LOVE LOVE LoVE your block. I'm from mid-Michigan, US

Vee said...

I'm from Pune in India, Anita, and I've been reading your blog ever since I met you and saw the super stuff you do !

Gill said...

Great block!
I'm from England!

Mary Ellen said...

Reporting in from St. Louis, Mo here!. I love this block and can see it already in scdrappy mode.

SueB said...

I am from Wytheville VA. Love the scrappy block.

Susan C said...

South Carolina is where I live surrounded by scraps that need to be sewn into this block!

Joanna said...

I'm in Massachusetts and today is a gorgeous autumn day. Love your block and all it's versions.

kt said...

I'm in Connecticut where we had over a foot of snow on Wednesday. Hope you made out alright in the recent storms.

Bev said...

WOW! what a versatile block and a great way to reduce my pile of scraps!! Have just started using pieced string blocks and am hoping to empty a small tub of strips!

robin said...

I would live anywhere there is still nature to enjoy.

PatchworkRose said...

I live down by the beach in Sunny South Australia. Love your block :-)

Maryjo said...

I live in the midwest... Iowa and love it! Your block is soooooo neat...and I have lots of scraps to make it with!

Sandi1100 said...

I like your block and will probably make a quilt out of it. I live in Upstate NY and am not enjoying all this cold weather. Thanks for the chance to win.

Dee said...

Waving from MN - this block is way cool - gonna have to put on the do it list.

JoyceLM said...

I'm here in sunny North Carolina - we're having a few warm days again. Love your block. Thanks so much for sharing the template. And thanks for the giveaway.

B Greene said...

I live in northeastern Pennsylvania about 70 miles from NYC. Truly love your block and all the inspiration and thought that went into it. It would be really stunning as a low-volume quilt, too. Thanks for sharing the rectangular block, too!

Denise R said...

Love it! What a great use for our scraps!

Tanja Haack said...

I live in Wisconsin where a great quilt is always welcome.

hiyacinth said...

I live in south Texas.

Kathy said...

I live on Schist Lake near Flin Flon, Manitoba, Canada.
Great block for making a scrap quilt!

Bernie said...

Live in Georgia where lots of quilters live.

Lee Ann L. said...

I'm in USA. Central Texas to be exact. Thank you for a chance to win.

CelticRose said...

I'm in Mesa, AZ.

Angela said...

Covington, LA
I love seeing that you have readers/fans from all over the world.

Jitka Oherová, Czech Repubic said...

I live in Czech Republic - wine area. Your block is great, I love scraps.

Sandra said...

I live in Sonora, CA. I really like the colors used in the square block but also find the rectangle different but unique. Thank you for sharing your block with us and giving all of us a chance to win this priceless magazine.

Sandi T.
sandit1@sbcglobal.net

Donna said...

I live in beautiful Alabama. Wouldn't want to live anywhere else but would l66ike to visit everywhere! Really like your block.

Vicki H said...

I live in Wichita, Kansas
What a great stash buster block

Briarose said...

I live in Ontario Canada, about 2 hours north west of Toronto.
Love this block, so versatile in its' many settings.

Lori S said...

Congrats. I live in Dauphin, Manitoba Canada. Thanks for the chance to win!

Dana Gaffney said...

I live in Key Largo, Florida. Your block is amazing. Thank you.

TheStylishHome said...

I live in Connecticut, USA. So amazing to see how far reaching the audience is...thanks for asking!

Love your block... I've been waiting all week, hoping it was featured, as it's been mentioned several times. I can't wait to try it out both square and rectangle! Thank you for such a cool block!

Congrats on being in the 100

Kathy H said...

I live near Philadelphia, Pa. Wonderful block and that wool quilt is a real beauty. I have loved log cabin quilts for a long time and like the way a secondary design can appear by moving the blocks. Your block is great because I can see so many different designs coming from it.

Kelly said...

Lawrence, KS. Love the block!

Pat S. said...

I love your sweet block! Congrats on being published & thanks sew much for this chance to win :-)

Purl Buttons said...

So simple yet so lovely! I enjoy a geometrically balanced block. Yours particularly shows interesting secondary movement.

Lisa Marie said...

I live in a small town in eastern Kentucky. Love your block -- scrappy blocks are always so interesting to look at.

Jill Montgomery said...

I live in Fairfield, Ohio which is just north of Cincinnati. :)

Congrats on being in the issue. I like the look of this block!

Robyn said...

I like in Lakesite, TN

Carol Sc said...

I live in Lansing, Michigan. I have used your methods and really enjoy the scrappy results --- I see this block in my not too distant future.
quiltschon@att.net

Helen said...

It's SO much fun to see where people are reporting in from! I'm from right smack in the middle of the US: Rose Hill, KS. Thanks for an opportunity to win the magazine and I love your block! Helen Thomas

Abbigail said...

I'd like this block in scrappy too!
I live in KY, the bluegrass state!
hulseybg@gmail.com

Beth said...

I live in Clatskanie, OR. (One traffic signal; it's okay if you haven't heard of it.)

I think this would make a great Quilts of Valor project, done in red, white, and blue.

Mary said...

Good Morning, I live in Oswego, Illinois. It is definately fall here. You have a great block. Thank you for sharing.

VickiT said...

What a great looking block. LOVE that antique quilt you based your block on.
Thank you also for the pattern for your block.

Before I forget, I am from Northern IL about 90 miles NW of Chicago

Diane said...

I live in Madison, Wisconsin and I love this block.

bairdmtn said...

I live in beautiful East, Tennessee at Tazewell!! I just love your block because it makes its own sashing and I love the design! You did a great job!! Can't wait to get my hands on Volume 6 so I can get started sewing!!

Marilyn Robertson said...

Hello from Indiana! Love you block and thanks for entering me in your drawing!

Walter said...

Good Morning from Leaburg OR on the beautiful McKenzie River. Love the rectangular version!

Pat V. said...

I am in Snohomish, WA, USA. I really like your block made into a quilt with the more controlled color scheme. Thanks for sharing the option, I probably woudn't have thought of it.

Judy said...

Your block is so interesting and I appreciate seeing the different layouts. I live in the central valley of California.

Terje said...

I just love the rectangle versions of your block. It adds such interest and beauty. Thank you so much

Karen in Breezy Point said...

As usual, you have a cool block! Thanks for the chance to win the 100 Blocks issue.

rutigt said...

I live in Sweden, 120km north east from Stockholm, the swedish capital!
Gun, Sweden
gun@lappp.se

bethstrand said...

Lovely blocks! I live in Oregon. (pbstrand@msn.com)

BizyStitches said...

I live in Kansas USA. Congrats and thanks for being in the hop. I like the different layouts you can make.

Gwen said...

Anita,
I hail from the land of 10,000 lakes, in East Central Minnesota,
no snow as of yet. What a wonderful
design for the block, so enjoy the
scrappy fabrics that make up the design. thanks for the chance to win.

Anne said...

I live in Arkansas. Your block and the variations you've presented are absolutely wonderful!

Alberta Diane said...

I live in Illinois. I'm a scrappy girl at heart and love your block!

Margaret said...

I live in Arkansas and love the block and the ideas

Anonymous said...

I live in the heart of Dixie! Alabama... (Roll Tide!) Hope you and your family are doing well there in the middle of Sandy and the freezing weather she brought! I have a military son in DC. God Bless our military and God Bless the USA!
jaalex@charter.net

Julie said...

I live in Wisconsin.

Stephanie said...

I live in my kind of town--Chicago! And I really love your block and what you've done with it. Thanks so much for sharing.

~Kris~ said...

I live in Green Bay, WI. I love how you showed the various settings for your block.Very clever.

Nancy said...

I live outside a little bitty town called Many in Louisiana

Vivian said...

I live in North Carolina, your quilts are beautiful, so much color! Thanks. Vivian

jrt14 said...

I live in Watertown New York. I like the scrappy design of your block.

Regina said...

I am in Rochester, NY - and this block is great - love the layout with the rectangular block - amazing how a small shift in proportions can make such a striking change!

Debra Kay Neiman said...

I live in Oklahoma. Thank you for the download pattern. I love these quilts!

Teresa said...

Hello from Scotland. Loved your block I'll have to have a go.

Elizabeth said...

I live in Palatine, Illinois--northwest-ish of Chicago.

Cathy B said...

Minnesota!! LOVE your block! Congratulations on getting in the magazine!

PJB said...

Upstate NY on Lake George. Great block, especially in the layouts you show.

Joyful Quilter said...

Love the block. I'm in California.

Rachell said...

hi! I live in Utah. My husband grew up in Utah too, but is from Nassau County on Long Island ! We've been worried about family back there, and I hope you made it through safe and dry.
I really like the design options to get the "whole story" of a block sometimes. Very nice diamonds that it creates.

Loquacious Life said...

Love it! I have a huge fondness for log cabins and this one has been added to my list. ;)

Aliza said...

I am from a farm on the shores of Lake Kariba, Zambia. Love log cabin blocks

samtaylorcjsmimi said...

Oh, I just love your Kaleidoscope Log Cabin block! Congrats on being published and thanks for the chance to win. :)Debby

samtaylorcjsmimi said...

ooops! I forgt to say where in the world I'm from !! I'm in Pennsauken, New Jersey - not tooo far from NYC! :) Debby

Toni Stone said...

I am from Cincinnati, OH. Thank you for your block.

Sandy said...

I'm in Chicago, Illinois, home of Barak Obama!

Pat O said...

I live in Winston-Salem NC, and recently became a die-hard fan when I discovered your Kaleidoscope Log Cabin. I just purchased your book.

QuilterKat said...

I live in Sebastopol, California.

Tamsyn said...

I live in fabulous East Lansing, Michigan. Love this block! Tamsyn

Debbie said...

You have been one of my favorite quilters for a long time.. thank you

Wichita Kansas.. middle of the USA

Marcia W. said...

from rural Trenton, Florida
While I love your block, your innovative instructions are always the best part - yes, you are that good at writing

Lisa E said...

Your Kaleidoscope Log Cabin is great. I'm writing from northern California - near San Jose.

Marcia W. said...

from rural Trenton, Florida
While I love your block, your innovative instructions are always the best part - yes, you are that good at writing

Bluequilt said...

I love your block and the innovative way that you change the log cabin.

Karen Pryce said...

I live in Manitoba, Canada where today we are under a heavy snowfall warning. I love your block and look forward to making it.

Denise :) said...

I really like your block -- particularly in the scrappy fabrics -- that screams fun to me! Thanks for sharing the pattern. I currently hale from New Market, Alabama...just shy of the Tennessee state line. :)

Ariane said...

I love your scrappy block!! This is totally my style!! I'm visiting from Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Irene said...

Hi Anita. I live in Burlington, Ontario, Canada and met you at the Amherst Seminar. I enjoyed both the classes I took with you and look forward to trying this block.

Tami C said...

I just love your Kaleidoscope Log Cabin block! I'm basically a scrappy quilter and I plan on using the block pattern that you provided for using up some of those 1.5" strips that I have. The very first quilt I had was a log cabin gifted by my mother-in-law. They have a special place in my heart.

Congratulations for having your block published in Quiltmakers 100 Blocks and thanks for the chance to win a copy of it!

Barb66 said...

I live in Schenectady, NY. I love your block, I have a stash of strips that would be perfect for it.

Linda E in AZ said...

I live in Sierra Vista, AZ, close to the Mexican border. We are about 70 miles SE of Tucson.
Love your block!
thanks

Bonnie said...

Love your kaleidoscope block! I live in Charlotte, NC.

arlette said...

Love your block and the bright colors you used..., it's cute!!!, I'm from Costa Rica

kwkaiser2 said...

I like any opportunity to use my scraps & your block is perfect for that. I live in the village of Weinsheim in Germany near Luxembourg & Belgium.

ANGIE TERRY said...

I love that you based this quilt on a quilt in your collection. Great job!

ANGIE TERRY said...

Ha! I complimented your quilt and forgot to let you know I live in Missouri.

Sallie said...

Great block! Thanks for the giveaway! from Texas

The Village Queen said...

Im in Denver CO where quilting is very popular! Great block and thanks for the pattern too!

Madeline said...

I'm in south central Virginia. Absolutely love your block, definitely will be making a quilt with it. Right up my alley!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I live in Central Florida, the Sunshine state :-) I really love your block. Your patterns are so great and easy to use. Thanks!

WoolenSails said...

I love blocks like that, great way to use up stash, too.
I live in Rhode Island.

Debbie

Quilt Monkey said...

Wonderful block! And I sure have plenty of scraps! I live in Redwood City, CA.

Ullhärvan said...

I live in Sweden!

Kaye M. tkmattson@hotmail.com said...

Your block really appeals to me as I love scrap quilts. I live on a farm in Southcentral Nebraska.

Carrie P. said...

really great block and great way to use scraps too. I live in North Carolina.

Lis said...

I love the block and I would do it with the same fabrics so that it made the specific designs like your computer generated.. LOVE IT!
I live in Abbeville, Alabama!
lisamcgriff@hotmail.com

barbara woods said...

love your block

Emily C said...

Pennsylvania

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I'm in Texas. This block looks pretty easy. Will have to give it a try.

wendy said...

Great block, thanks for sharing the pattern! I live in Lansing,Michigan.USA

Mary said...

I am in central Missouri. I love scrap quilts and have added this to my must-do list. I have a big box of strips just waiting for a project like this.

Deb said...

I am in New Zealand and I love your block

Rosa said...

I`m in Spain and love your stunning block.Thankd for the pattern!!

Angelia B said...

cool block, thanks for showing the different options and sharing the pattern. I live in New Albany, Indiana.

Anonymous said...

I love your block! I live in Surrey BC, just outside of Vancouver.
wlinda_ca(at)yahoo.com

Annie said...

I like that you posted so many options for using your block. I'm from Midland, MI.

Sorcha girl said...

Merced, CA is my home town at the foothills of Yosemite National Park. Your block uses fantastic colors!! Thanks for the illustrations,Anita.

I'm looking forward to Volume 6 and all the inspiration that comes with seeing all the designer's blocks.

Thank you for participating in the blog hop!!

ritainalaska said...

great scrappy block! i live in the great state of alaska, under a mountain and beside the bay in beautiful downtown seward.

scarlette said...

What a lovely idea, yep, reminds me of log cabin, thanks Scarlette shobbs@scarlette.com

Cathryn said...

Fun block! One could make it almost any shape to still come up with a quilt of many colors.

patricia said...

In Delaware, near the beach. But lovin' log cabins wherever they are.

Jeanne in Ohio said...

Your block is awesome! I see it as a wonderful stash buster. Thanks for the inspiration and the giveaway.

Eva said...

Awesome block, nice way to use scraps. I live in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia Canada.

sandyb said...

Wonderful block. Thank you for sharing all and the chance to win this wonderful book.

sandyb720 at gmail dot com

Maureen said...

A great block! Thanks so much for a chance at the give-away! I'm in Canada!
mgw070 at shaw dot ca

Cecilia said...

I live in Georgia. I like your block. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the magazine.

Karrie S said...

Love the block. Thanks for the chance to win. I'm from Ann Arbor, MI

Linda H said...

Love your block! Log Cabin has ALWAYS been my fav... I live in eastern Canada - New Brunswick (Next door to Maine)

sao said...

OH - I sincerely LOVE LOVE LOVE this block.....I will make this Kaleidoscope Log Cabin for sure!

sao in Midlothian, VA

Collette McManus said...

OMG, I MUST make this block...many of this block. LOVE IT!!! Thanks. I live in (today) rainy Southern California.

sharon said...

Wonderful block. I love it! I am from Oregon.

Jodi - usairdoll said...

What a neat block and your quilt is amazing, so striking. I love it is so versiable, either scrappy or planned works. I live in northern California, near Sacramento. It's neat to see where everybody is from.

Thank you and Quiltmaker for a great giveaway and a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Julie in WA said...

Wow! I love this block. And I especially love the antique quilt, what a treasure that is! I have lots of strips that are waiting to be used, and this pattern is perfect for them! I live in the Seattle Washington area!

Lou said...

Love the block!
I live in Copperas Cove Texas

Joni said...

Love the block! Great way to use up all of the those scraps I've been collecting. I am from the beautiful Willamette Valley, Oregon.
Thanks for the opportunity!

grammygwendolyn said...

I'm from Long Beach, California. Love your quilt block.

Judith said...

I'm in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. And that's a very striking block. I particularly like the rectangle layout.

banjo795 said...

I'm in Pittsburgh, PA. What a unique quilt block!

S Walker said...

I'm in San Diego, CA. I love the block in scrappy fabrics.
swalker287(at)gmail(dot)com.

barefootT said...

I am in Florida and I love log cabin blocks :)

MoeWest said...

It's a very nice block! I love the colours in the antique quilt. I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Shawna said...

Great block for my scraps, I love it. Thanks for sharing and for your giveaway.

missmoozie(at)gmail(dot)com

Judy1522 said...

Very pretty quilt block I enjoyed all the different ways you used it to make a quilt. I live in Oregon.

lia said...

Very pretty block. I live in the Netherlands. lia.vandenbrand@live.nl

Michele said...

interesting block! I live in Missouri

Lorri Schuller said...

nice block -I live in IA- thank you for a chane to win

Brenda J. said...

Thanks so much for the download of Kaleidoscope Log Cabin! I love this block and all its scrappy possibilities. It may soon become a winter project here in Indiana, when snow keeps us indoors. Congratulations on your block being published. It is beautiful!

Sally Ledbetter said...

Another great Anita block!! I love it - especially how it looks as a rectangle instead of a boring square. Anita, you are always thinking!! It is sunny today in Newhall, California!!

Quilter Kathy said...

What a great block for using up scraps!

Sherill said...

Great block! I love log cabin blocks. I live in Ontario, Canada. Beautiful country!

vickievanphd said...

Love all your work, Anita. I am in Everson, WA...look in the far, far left corner of the US ..north of Seattle, way up there just a few miles from Canada :) That is where I would be !!!
vickie.van@hotmail.com

Lyn said...

I'm in lovely, warm San Antonio in South Texas (where, unfortunately, cedar allergy season is just about start...cue the Jaws music...)

Nancy D. said...

I am in windy north central Texas near Fort Worth. Nice block!

Sweetester1 said...

I like the versitility of this block,. thanks for a change to win Quiltmakers 100 blocks.

Maria Kievit said...

Love your block and what you've done with it. Live in Ontario, Canada

Pattij said...

Such a wonderful block. I love it! I am from southern Washington state!
Evin5 at aol dot com

Margaret Andrews said...

What a fun block and thanks for the link to your block. I love all the different ways to make it.

Lee said...

Your block is great! congrats!

Esther said...

I'm in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I love your block. Simple and pretty.
Thanks for this opportunity!

pajtr said...

Hi! I'm in Saginaw, Michigan... near the center of the state.
Thank you for this wonderful block!!
I just made a scrappy sample of the rectangular version!... Love it!
Going to play with some colors, fabrics from stash next... This is my next quilt?!!
Thank you, again!!
Pat T.

Anonymous said...

Cherry Log, Georgia -- This is one of those "sky is the limit" blocks which changes with the fabrics you use as well as the overall look of the finished quilt. I can't wait to play with it. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book!

SherryR said...

Jacksboro, TX is where I currently reside.

SherryR said...

Jacksboro, TX

Nancy said...

I love variations of log cabin blocks! I live in Aurora, CO and am just starting to explore quilting.