More Before and After Kaleidoscope Stars

Once I got started with the before and after shots, I couldn’t stop. And for today’s group I found the before shots of them all. Before. After. Before. After. Before. After. Before. After. Before. After. The centre of this one … Continue reading

Some Before and After Kaleidoscope Stars

I said yesterday I was going to find some of the before shots of these stars and I have. For four of the five I’m showing today, at least. Try as I might, I couldn’t find the fifth one’s original shot. I … Continue reading

Three More Butterfly Kaleidoscope Stars

Why only three? Because I spent a lot of time on the weekend figuring out the setting for the completed butterfly kaleidoscope stars. Now that’s done I’m going to work to get the butterfly kaleidoscope stars finished as quickly as … Continue reading

More and More Butterfly Stars

Thanks to a couple of lovely comments on the last post, I am going to keep showing these beauties as I add their setting diamonds. But I am not going to try to pick favourites. Because it is, as I … Continue reading

Stars, Stars and More Stars

I know, I know – I said I wasn’t going to show each of these as I add their setting diamonds, but I can’t resist! They really do look a bit different once they’re surrounded by the setting diamonds. I … Continue reading

Butterfly Kaleidoscope Progress

Remember this empty project box? Now it’s full again. All the butterfly kaleidoscope stars that haven’t yet had their setting diamonds added are in there. On the weekend, my printer was busy churning out sheets of the batik printed with the … Continue reading

Big Star, Little Stars

What’s the big star? The butterfly kaleidoscope stars. Once each one is surrounded by the six batik diamonds, it’s a 4″ hexagon. So far I’ve printed enough of the 2″ diamonds to surround about a dozen of the kaleidoscope stars … Continue reading

The Final Eight Butterfly Kaleidoscope Stars

I can’t believe I’m finished making these. This one makes me think of a peony. They were such fun to see as each little surprise showed up when they were stitched together. This is one of my favourites, although I … Continue reading

A Few More Butterfly Kaleidoscope Stars

The butterfly kaleidoscope stars were in the back of my mind the whole time I was working on Springtime in Paris. So as soon as the piecing of it was finished, I printed a few more sheets of diamonds to … Continue reading

Tiny Kaleidoscope Star Setting


Once I had nine of the little kaleidoscope stars made with the .50″/1″ star points, I decided to start playing with a setting idea. So I quickly printed some elongated hexagons and 1″ diamonds. For the trial I used some muslin, but think I’ll like it better with something different – perhaps a green or even a white on white – so I will be taking this apart. But I wanted to see if I actually liked this idea and I do. For a few days though, it’s being set aside.


Why? Because Springtime in Paris is very, very close to being finished. All but the last few blocks are done. Row 9 was added to the quilt last night and these are all that are left to stitch and row 10 will be done, ready to attach to the rest and then the top will be, for the most part, finished. And I am determined to try to finish it this week.


Spring has definitely arrived. The crab apple tree is covered in beautiful pink buds. In another day or two the scent of the blossoms will be wonderful.

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“Alien Bugs.”


I can’t believe how small Baxter seems in this photo. If there’s one thing he isn’t, it’s small. He’s easily twice the size of Jake.