Folk Art Fantasy Blog Hop – Kaleidoscope Windows {a finished quilt, tutorial and giveaway!}

Hi all!  Today is my stop on the Folk Art Fantasy Blog Hop featuring Amanda Murphy‘s latest line for Benartex Fabrics.  I was immediately drawn to Amanda’s booth at quilt market in May.  Below is a photo I snapped.  I think it was the colors that drew me in (and probably that amazing medallion quilt!).  I also adore the quilt hanging on the left with the cute houses and red barns (another weakness of mine).

So, when this pretty stack arrived two weeks ago, I couldn’t wait to cut into it.

Folk Art Fantasy fabric by Amanda Murphy for Benartex Fabrics

The end result is my latest quilt design, Kaleidoscope Windows.

Kaleidoscope Windows Quilt by Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts

I’ve had this quilt design sketched up for a couple of years and it was fun to finally put it into fabric.  Isn’t it pretty hanging in the tree?

Kaleidoscope Windows Quilt by Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts

The below photo shows off the pretty Folk Art Fantasy fabrics.

Kaleidoscope Windows Quilt by Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts

This line even includes a fantastic low volume print that works perfectly as a background.

Kaleidoscope Windows Quilt by Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts

The quilt finishes at 62″ square and below is all of the information you need to make your own.

Fabric Requirements:

  • 16 Fat Eighths (9″ x 22″) for blocks
  • 2 1/2 yards background fabric
  • 1 yard cornerstones and border fabric
  • 1/2 yard binding fabric
  • 4 yards backing fabric

Cutting Instructions:

  • From each Fat Eighth
    • cut two 8″ squares
  • From background fabric
    • cut seven 8″ x WOF strips and subcut into thirty-two 8″ squares
    • cut fourteen 2″ x WOF strips and subcut into forty 12 1/2″ x 2″ rectangles
  • From border fabric
    • cut two 2″ x WOF strips and subcut into twenty-five 2″ squares
    • cut seven 3 1/2″ x WOF strips for borders

Block Assembly:

1. Layer one print 8″ square and one background 8″ square RST.

2. Pin in place and draw two diagonal lines from corner to corner on the back of the background square.

3. Stitch 1/4″ on each side of the diagonal lines.

4. Using your ruler, cut a vertical line at 4″ through the center.

5. Without moving the fabric, move the ruler and cut a horizontal line at 4″ through the center.

6.  Again, without moving the fabric, move the ruler and cut directly on each of the diagonal lines.

7. Once all cuts are made, you will have a total of 8 matching half square triangles (HSTs).  Press away from the background fabric and trim each HST to measure 3 1/2″ square.

8. Select 8 HSTs of two different prints for a total of 16 HSTs.  Lay them out according to the block diagram below and sew them into rows pressing the seams open.  Then sew the rows together into a block.  The completed block will measure 12 1/2″.

9. Repeat to create a total of 16 completed blocks.

10. Lay out your blocks, sashing and cornerstones as shown in the quilt layout diagram below.  Sew the sashing rows and block rows together and press the seams open.  Sew all of the rows together.

11. After the center of the quilt top is pieced, use your 3 1/2″ x WOF strips to piece together two 56″ x 3 1/2″ border strips for the top and bottom and two 62″ x 3 1/2″ border strips together for the sides.  Sew the top and bottom borders onto the quilt followed by the side borders.

12. Once quilted, piece together seven 2 1/2″ x WOF strips end to end to create your binding.

Now that I see the completed quilt diagram above, I really want to make one with only 4 fabrics!

Kaleidoscope Windows Quilt by Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts

Here’s the best part – Benartex is giving away a fat quarter bundle of Folk Art Fantasy to one of my lucky readers!!  Leave a comment for a chance to win and I’ll pick a winner by July 4th.

To see some more super cute items made with Folk Art Fantasy (and additional chances to win!) check out the line up below.

Tuesday: Mandy of Mandalei Quilts
Wednesday: Benartex Blog Design Team
Thursday: Alison of Little Bunny Quilts
Friday: Me!

Thanks so much for stopping by and if you make your own Kaleidoscope Windows quilt, I’d love to see it!


121 thoughts on “Folk Art Fantasy Blog Hop – Kaleidoscope Windows {a finished quilt, tutorial and giveaway!}

  1. Oh I really really like this and I’m going to add it to my “to do” list. So beautiful and easy too!!

  2. I love that your instructions are so easy to follow! The Folk Art Fantasy fabrics would be so much fun to play with. Red, White, and Blue colorways always have my heart!

  3. Love the soft suttle colors of the fabric. They each blend so well in your quilt.
    Thank you for the detailed easy directions.

  4. Your design of Kaleidoscope Windows is the perfect pattern for the Folk Art Fantasy fabric collection! I’m glad you were able to use them together. Some things were just meant to be, right? I’d love to make one just like it!

  5. I am new to your blog. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful quilt with us. The Folk Art Fantasy fabrics are delightful. Your pattern shows them all off well. I would love to make your pattern with those fabrics and then make another to do some stash busting.

  6. Oh wow!!! I love the design of this quilt and that fabric collection is perfect!!! I am truly inspired and would love to make a similar quilt for my daughter!!!

  7. Such a pretty quilt. Love the way the lightness of the center draws ones eye into the block. Love the blenders in this fabric line.

  8. Thanks for sharing the pattern, I love HST’s and this would be perfect for a leader/ender project. I just yesterday picked up my copy of Folk Art Lane and can’t wait to get started on it.

  9. Thank you Amanda for the tutorial maybe I could even attempt to make this one. Your quilt is so attractive with your pretty collection of fabrics and I like the four colored one as well. Happy 4th of July!

  10. Beautiful quilt! I have been looking for a pattern for some fabrics I have, to make myself a quilt. I think this is it, thank you! Love the Folk Art Fantasy fabrics too!

  11. Your quilt is beautiful! I would love to make your quilt in solids, too. I think it would look different, but beautiful as well. Thanks for the pattern and chance to win.

  12. What a pretty quilt, and a slick trick for making HSTs! I think it would be neat made in dark solids for my son. Thank you for the tutorial.

  13. The quilt is great. I seem to be drawn to patterns with triangular shapes. It has actually become a joke with my quilting buddy. Can’t wait to do something with this line of fabric.

  14. I love how the neutral fabric is pretending to take center stage. Very nice quilt. Thanks for the pattern.

  15. I really love this quilt, it just looks so clean and bright. I will surely be making one of these, soon.

  16. I love the quilt! Isn’t it fun how a design can sit and “ripen” until the right fabric comes along? I’ve had that happen before!

  17. Lovely. I really enjoy nature pictures with quilts. They are so pretty and remind me of when we used to have a farm.

  18. Thank you soooo much for sharing your Tutorial!! Looove your quilt!! & these Fabrics are perfect for it! Beautiful job!!
    Thaks too, for chance to win your Give-a-way too! 🙂

  19. I love your quilt and I like the diamonds white fabric from the collection used as background. I think a four color quilt would be stunning.

  20. Beautiful quilt and fabric! I’m going to try your method for 8 HST at once – looks so simple and such a time saver!

  21. I love all of Amanda’s fabrics but Folk Art Fantasy has me by the heartstrings. I love this quilt because it showcases each of the fabrics so well! Thank you for sharing and I hope to win that FQ bundle!!

  22. Did you have to sliver trim the HST? I think this pattern would be great in scrappy fabrics too, the way you arranged the colours is unexpected and gives a great secondary colour flow.

  23. The quilt is fabulous, and I love the fabric, too. I use this method for making HSTs all the time. It’s so quick and much better than sewing bias edges. Thanks for sharing!

  24. I love your quilt pattern. It is so versatile and would look beautiful in so many different fabric designs. How about Christmas fabric or Halloween fabric, or fall, winter, summer, or spring themes, or a child’s quilt. It would even look great scrappy. The Folk Art fabric is so pretty. Love the colors.

  25. Gorgeous quilt and thank you for the tutorial. I guess I’ll be adding it to my list of “must makes”!

  26. Patriotic, summery, need I say more? Love your new design and the easy instructions in your tutorial, just wish it was available as a pdf download. Looking forward to trying this with batiks in the future.Patriotic, Summery

  27. I really loved the quilt and your directions are clear even for a novice like me, but I’d really like to win the fabric so I can actually make it.

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