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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Book Review: Kool Kaleidoscope Quilts by Ricky Tims

Have you drooled over those stunning Ricky Tims kaleidoscope quilts but felt too intimidated to make one? Don't be! When Tims says "simple strip-piecing technique for stunning results," he really means it. This technique is very simple. The book has very thorough instructions with lots of pictures. Tims also includes plenty of examples of quilts made by his students that will give you inspiration. Tims also has a very helpful video tutorial of the whole process for this techniqueI found this video very helpful. You can see it at the end of this post.

I bought Ricky Tims' book Kool Kaleidoscope Quilts a couple of years ago and this is my first attempt at his technique. It was a practise run, so I made no plan as far as fabrics go. I used scraps I had laying around that needed a place to land. In spite of an absence of planning, I think this kaleidoscope turned out quite pretty. This table topper measures 24" x 24."

kaleidoscope Quilt by Monica Curry

I'm now going to take the plunge and make a bigger kaleidoscope quilt. I recently ordered fabric to make a quilt for our living room wall. Our feature wall is a deep red/orange, so I picked out rich autumn colours (my favourite). I'm sure it will look gorgeous. As soon as the fabric arrives, I'll be posting my progress.


Kool Kaleidoscope Quilts by Ricky Tims


You can buy Kool Kaleidoscope Quilts for $19.99 US at Ricky Tims' website HERE. I checked Amazon [US and Canada], but it's quite expensive there. The book was published in 2010, so it's now only offered on Amazon by secondary sellers at ridiculously high prices. You can, however, get a Kindle edition for under $10.

Here is a helpful video by Ricky Tims on how to cut your strips and construct your very own Kool Kaleidoscope quilt.



Disclaimer: This is an honest, independent review of this book. I don't know Ricky Tims from Adam, and I'm not promoting his book for profit.