Part 2: MN Quilt Show – Kaleidiscope Class

After a night of great food, drinks, and catching up with a friend I was ready for my 2nd day at the MN Quilt Show.   Day 2 included a second class for myself and Julie, Wanna-be-Quilter.   The Kaleidoscope class was a morning class taught by Marti Michell.  She has created MANY templates and rulers that make these projects a bit easier.


She supplied each of us a kaleidoscope ruler to use during the class.   Marti was very thorough, but it was a bit of a slower process.  We were shown how to cut the fabric,  then we cut fabric.  Then we gathered around again for the 2nd step of the process.  I would have preferred to have less cutting time and more time to complete blocks.  I only finished 2 blocks during class.  Only one that I would actually use in a finished project.  I didn’t walk out of there confident in my ability to make the kaleidoscope block.

Room for improvement block:

Acceptable block:


Back of the block:  I finally learned how to make that swirl in the center.  How cute is that?  It is hard to tell, but you can barely see through the fabric that the white dots are actually stars.


One downside of the class… Babylock provided sewing machines for the class.  Julie and I had brought our machines because we needed them for the paper piecing class.  The Babylock machines were provided after we had registered for the class.  I don’t have anything against Babylock machines.  Many people love the brand.  My issue was that we had a roomful of women trying to figure out how to run a new sewing machine.  The process to get the class up and running took almost 25 minutes.  The class was only 3 hours long.  I really wish that time would have been spent better.

After the kaleidoscope class, Julie and I had a chance to check out some amazing quilts and shop!

Couple of observations:

  • Julie and I were younger than many of the quilting ladies.  It was inspiring to see some teens entering quilts into the non-judged category.
  • Walking through the sales area felt a little like “old lady pinball” (Julie’s phrase).  People were just wandering around and were so focused on all of the quilting that they were unaware of their surroundings.  Felt like I was back at the MN State Fair.
  • I almost bought a new sewing machine.  If I wouldn’t be taking a vacation overseas, I totally would have purchased a new Janome Horizon.   That is my dream machine!  Janome provided them for classes and then were selling the Horizons from the class at a very reduced rate.
  • It is always interesting to hear people try to sell long arm quilting machines.  We stopped by the APQS booth.  The lady working was a bit eccentric but had great interpersonal skills.  She was willing to show us how to use the machine after learning how to run it that morning.  Julie and I did a few practice rounds, but ultimately choose not to show off our mad long arm quilting skills!

About My Pieced Life

I am in love with all things quilting. My sewing room has many works-in-progress and a large stash of fabric. I have big plans and lots of ideas of creations I would like to make. My wonderful husband supports my obsession and Carson, my Australian terrier, keeps me company while I sew.
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