Here is the top all finished. It measures 60 x 60 inches. It is appropriately manly, don't you think? Made from manly shirts, and paired with manly colors (Kona Parchment and Kona Coal). And, just in case you were wondering- I hereby decree that kaleidoscope quilts can be manly as well!
Manly?...yes. Quick and simple?...absolutely not. Cutting and piecing this kaleidoscope quilt was by far one of the least simple patterns I've done. I'm not saying it was incredibly difficult, but it just required more careful attention than many other patterns.
One thing that helped immensely was my wise purchase of a kaleidoscope ruler-
I don't know if the picture shows it well, but it creates a template for the main triangle pieces, as well as the corner pieces, and it's adjustable for different block sizes. It really helped with the cutting, but the nature of the cuts still meant that it was a bit time consuming.
The ruler also came with a set of instructions for piecing the block, and they were really helpful. Apparently it's important to piece the triangles and corners in a particular order, because I accidentally got out of order once with unfortunate results. Again, not a pattern you can throw together mindlessly (sometimes we all need those!).
All that said, I really am happy with the resulting quilt top, and I hope my Dad loves it too. I'm planning to back it in the same Kona Coal in the border, and I may play around with appliqueing some of the western pockets somewhere on the quilt.
I'm entering this in Quilting Gallery's weekly Quilter's Show and Tell. The theme this week is Memory Quilts, so I thought it would fit right in! Starting on Friday, swing by and vote for my quilt!