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Make a beautiful kaleidoscope quilt that looks intimidating but turns out to be easy. Teacher and author Toby Lischko demonstrates what to look for in symmetrical and coordinating fabrics to achieve complex combinations while letting the fabric designs do the work. Cut templates designed by Toby that produce perfectly matching corners, making piecing a snap. Finish off the design with a border that sports mitered corners, giving this quilt even more pop. At each step along the way, Toby is quick to give tips and even includes her special recipe for homemade spray starch. Toby’s expert teaching style is well paced and clear so that quilters of any level will be able to enjoy this course and not only make the quilt shown in class but will also look for opportunities to apply this technique to an unlimited number of projects. For your convenience, this class can be purchased for online viewing or purchased on DVD.

Course Curriculum

Kaleidostars by Toby Lischko - 1hr 39min
Lesson 1. Class Introduction 0 Hours 3 Minutes00:03
Lesson 2. Symmetrical Fabrics 0 Hours 12 Minutes00:12
Lesson 3. Templates & Interesting Designs 0 Hours 6 Minutes00:06
Lesson 4. Cutting Perfect Repeats 0 Hours 16 Minutes00:16
Lesson 5. Piecing the Quilt 0 Hours 34 Minutes00:34
Lesson 6. Putting It All Together 0 Hours 24 Minutes00:24

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Fabric:

  • Symmetrical fabric yardages are estimates depending on the scale of the repeat. These yardages are for a medium to large scale print fabric. Choose contrasting colors in the two symmetrical fabrics.
  • Fabric 1 symmetrical fabric: ¼ to ½ yd.
  • Fabric 2 symmetrical fabric: ¼ to ½ yd.
  • Fabric 3 Light: ⅝ yd. for blocks, border 2, and binding
  • Fabric 4 Contrast: ⅝ yd. for blocks and border 3
  • Fabric 5 Dark: 1 yd. for blocks, borders 1 and 4
  • Backing: 1¼ yd.

Thread:

  • Neutral color cotton, 50 wt.

Sewing Foot:

  • Standard sewing foot (#1 or A)

Measuring Tools:

  • 12" square ruler
  • Ruler or ¼" seam gauge

Cutting Tools:

  • Small rotary cutter (18 mm or 28 mm)
  • Scissors for paper

Other Supplies:

  • Transparent tape
  • 6" Magic Mirrors From Marti Michell
  • Permanent marking tool
  • Clover patchwork pins, .4 mm
  • Iron
  • Ironing surface
  • Spray starch

Optional:

  • Dr. Scholl’s Molefoam Padding
  • Awl or stiletto
  1. What comes with this class?
    The content of the video course is a series of six lessons. Toby will show you how to use symmetrical fabrics to make stunning quilts. She will also guide you through making templates, cutting the fabrics, piecing, and making a border with mitered corners. The downloadable materials feature the pattern and template shapes so you can make the 35" x 35" quilt that she demonstrates in the class.
  2. The cutting looks like it could be tedious. Will that be frustrating to me?
    Typically, the cutting is tedious when it involves making templates, cutting the fabric, and then cutting the corners after pieces are sewn together. However, Toby has developed templates designed especially for this technique that eliminates the cutting of all those little dog ears. That makes the piecing go so much faster!
  3. These types of quilts always look too complicated for me, so if I purchase the class, will I really be able to understand how to make mine look as good as hers?
    If you pay attention to Toby’s excellent instructions about fabric choices, you will be able to make a quilt that may even astound yourself! The secret is in the fabric repeats and Toby demonstrates how to make that work for you to create an amazing finished piece.
  4. What if I have questions?
    We recommend that you watch the class in its entirety and become familiar with the downloadable materials. At that point, if something is unclear, go to the tab that allows you to ask a question and Toby will get back with you via email. Please do not contact iquilt instructors by telephone.
  5. When can I start the class?
    We know you are excited to get started. After you have purchased the class, you can enjoy it anywhere and anytime you have the Internet. The class belongs to you, so watch it as many times as you like!

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Student Gallery

  1. Kathy Stack

    :

    Toby turns a pattern that seems complicated into one that a beginner can accomplish. She shares precise piecing tips that will make our points meet perfectly. I can't wait to try her technique for mitered corners. I would recommend for anyone, beginner or advanced, to take this class. I hope to take any future classes that Toby should offer on iquilt.
  2. Gloria BARNHOLTZ

    :

    Toby leads you comfortably through each step, The sewing tidbits she gives while joining the pattern's sections are not just helpful in her pattern but for piecing in general. The corner mitering demo took the fear out of doing them. The symmetrical fabric explanation has me looking at fabric in a new "direction". I've never used templates before. Thank you for introducing me to them. I'm

    looking forward to more templates in my future.
  3. Marty Tayon

    :

    Toby does a great job explaining symmetrical fabrics and how to use them., with several examples. She also explains how to use the templates and tips for their use. Good demo of how to get a perfect 1/4 inch seam, as well as many piecing tips throughout the Piecing Lesson. Excellent lesson on mitering borders.

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