As we got into making more snowflakes to piece into the Kaleidoscope quilt, we became anxious that maybe we didn’t know how to inset them in.
Ideally, the way to inset them would be to cut a round circle in the white ground of the quilt and sew them in as inset circles. Did we know how to do that? Kinda… Theoretically that should work. Had we ever really done that? Not really.
Schnap, the Co-quilter, advised practice, seeing how she’s gotten so much better skidding across the wood floor now that she’s worked on her technique. We believe there’s even still room for improvement. Theory and practice are quite different.
We decided to cut big circles into a piece of brown Kona Cotton (the Kaleidoscopes are set into white Kona Cotton) and see what we could do. The first one was a little wonky and though I love liberated quilting, this kind of liberation (unintentional pleats, sharpness where roundness is desired) was not the kind we wanted. After a bit of cutting, sewing, seam ripping, sewing, and pressing, we did it.
The snowflake test quilt top. Theory in practice.