Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Riley Blake Designs Kaleidoscope Project Tour

Riley Blake Designs has a huge assortment of basic fabrics to use on their own or to accent other fabrics. "Kaleidoscope" is one of their beautiful basics by Crayola and is an official licensed product. It's 100 per cent cotton and looks amazing in quilts, home decor, or clothing.

52" x 52"

To create "Kaleidoscope Eyes" I used Key Lime, Scarlet, Dandelion, and Toy Poodle Black (I love that name!) 

Just saying the word "kaleidoscope" brings back wonderful memories of one of my favorite toys as a child. It was a tin tube to look through to see colors change into amazing designs. It was mind boggling for my little brain in those days as I wondered how it worked! 

Those designs inspired the "Kaleidoscope Eyes" quilt. At 52" x 52" it's a perfect size to snuggle under.

The lemon tree in my backyard is full of lemons waiting to be picked. They are close in color to the beautiful yellow Kaleidoscope Dandelion fabric.

All the lovely colors available in this line are incredible!

Don't let those half square triangles (HSTs) or hourglass blocks scare you. They are really easy to make! 

Half Square Triangles: To make four HSTs, place one 11 ½” x 11 ½” white square and one RBD Kaleidoscope Toy Poodle right sides together. Sew around all edges (1/4” seam), pivoting at corners. Cut sewn block diagonally from corners in both directions. Open each cut piece; press open towards dark side. You will have four HSTs. Trim each HST to 7 ½” x 7 ½”. *Tip: Spray starching the fabric helps to hold the shape.

Hourglass Blocks: You will need one white square and one color square to make two blocks. Draw a line diagonally on wrong side of white square. Place right sides of squares together. Sew a 1/4" seam along both sides of the drawn line. Cut the block along the drawn line to create two blocks. Open and press fabrics to the color side.

On one of the blocks from each set, draw a diagonal line opposite from the seam on the wrong side of fabric.  With right sides together, place colors opposite of each other and nest the seam, sew 1/4" along both sides of the drawn line. Cut the blocks along the drawn line. Open and press seams toward the side. Trim blocks to 7 ½” x 7 ½”.

"Key Lime" made a sweet border next to "Scarlet" to finish off the quilt.

All of my applique projects are made using ThermOWeb Heat n Bond Lite. I love that I can trace them or use the EZ Print sheets to run them through my inkjet printer. You'll love how easily the backing peels off the paper...no scoring!

You can find the PDF pattern for "Kaleidoscope Eyes" HERE.

Check out the Riley Blake Designs blog for some incredible and inspiring projects in "Kaleidoscope" fabrics!

I'm so glad you stopped by!


  1. Such a nice quilt, Carol!! And I LOVE that fabric line. I think that would be perfect for a project I have planned for next year. Now, to be able to find a fat quarter bundle of it!! A-hunting I will go! LOL I wish I had your lemon tree!! You definitely have a bountiful harvest there!

  2. It's absolutely stunning. I LoVe the fabric & colours...xox

  3. Great quilt! The design fits the fabric line perfectly. Thank you for the pattern.

  4. That lime is the perfect finish next to the red, yes indeed! This is wonderful and brought to mind Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds! Perfect song, perfect quilt, perfect colors!

  5. That lime is the perfect finish next to the red, perfect colours. perfect quilt. thanks for the share

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  6. What a stunning quilt and design, Carol. You did a great job with the color choices and love the applique! Thanks so much for the pattern and great instructions!


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