Maxine Rosenthal – One Block Wonders

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What fun Workshop!
Date: Tuesday June 13, 2017
Time: 10:00 am to 4 pm
Location: Goodwill Fire Company
552 E Union Street West Chester PA  19380
Class Fee: $35.00


This is serendipitous and adventurous approach to design. The hexagons created from your fabric ultimately form the foundation of your quilt and once all the blocks are completed, you begin to design the final quilt on a design wall. The primary fabric does the bulk of the work, defining your color palette. The fun is to then paint with this palette, to move the shapes around the design wall, to play with the colors, to move from one color to the next, to rearrange the kaleidoscopes to your liking.  It is hard to walk up to a design wall and not rearrange, just a little bit.  How would this one look like here?  How would that one look next to this one?

In this 6-hour class, enough kaleidoscopes are created so that the design elements can be taught and so that the student can practice these theories and watch what happens as they move the kaleidoscopes around the design wall. Border techniques are also taught. The quilt does not need to be rectangular, it could have a banner border, it could be in panels, the possibilities are limitless.


  • 6 repeats of a fabric, and maybe a little more to add to the border. It is fun to see a slice of the original fabric along with the quilt. DO NOT PRE-WASH THE FABRIC!!!! *************** Fabric Considerations ************* Your quilt will be more interesting if:
    • YOU like the colors.
    • There is a minimal background in the fabric. Too much background produces kaleidoscopes with no design and all background.
    • There is movement – flowers, animals, amorphous shapes. A flowing leaf will produce a more interesting kaleidoscope than a bare stick.
    • Avoid straight lines as in buildings or stripes. They are not as dynamic and they require much more precision when sewing.
    • Skip fabrics with an obvious repeat every few inches, to avoid repeats of exactly the same kaleidoscope. You want as much variety as possible.
    • I like large floral or animal prints. It is interesting to see a kaleidoscope formed of fish tails or lion’s noses or the tires of a car or even a cowboy’s hand waving as he rides the bucking bronco.
    • It might be helpful, when shopping, to use 2 mirrors arranged in a ‘V’ placed on the fabric to get a hint as to the kaleidoscopes it will form.
  • Rotary Cutting tools – mat, rotary cutter, rulers – one long, one short, and one a 60 degree ruler, preferably a Clearview Triangle Ruler or a ruler with a 60 degree line.
  • Flower Pins. These pins lay flat; flat enough for a ruler to be over them and the ruler will still be flat against the fabric.
  • Sewing machine.
  • Basic sewing supplies.