1) Sewing machine, in good working order, with usual sewing supplies, (scissors, lots of straight pins, extra needles, piecing thread, extra wound bobbins, seam ripper, etc.)
2) Rotary cutting tools (large mat and cutter with a new blade)
3) Acrylic rulers 6inx24in and 6inx12in are helpful
4) 60-degree triangle ruler, such as Sara Nephew or Marilyn Dohaney or make sure your acrylic ruler has a 60 degree line on it
5) Flower head pins
6) Design wall (this is important, you will want to pin your design to this to take home to sew)
7) Fabric & Materials: Do not prewash your fabric before class!!!
The amount of fabric you have the buy depends on the size of the repeat. You will need 6 repeats, so:
12in repeat is 2 yards ,
18in repeat is 3 yards
24in repeat is 4 yards
NOTE: If you want to use the same fabric for the border, you will have to buy an additional 1/2 to 1 yard.
The larger the repeat, the more different blocks you will get, but the more fabric you will have to buy. If the distance between the repeat is short, the fabric will produce a very small project so you may want to buy twice as much to make a larger quilt. When you do this though, you will get two sets of blocks almost identical.
Choose a fabric with a minimal amount of background. Too much background will produce blocks that have very little design in them and appear to be solid in color. The larger the print, the less the finished blocks will look like the original fabric. Fabric with large animals, floral prints or even people, makes an interesting kaleidoscope because there is something recognizable within the kaleidoscope. Avoid fabric with predicable stripes or boxes that are parallel to the selvage. These will not kaleidoscope as well and will be a nightmare to piece back together.
Teri Bever has had a needle in her hand for as long as she can remember. As a young girl she remembers asking her Grandmother to make clothes for her troll dolls. Her Grandmother in turn handed Teri the scrap basket, thread and needle and said she had better get busy. She decided she could learn to make troll doll dresses herself. These dresses were the start to her being a lifelong needleworker.
Quilting seriously since 1989, Teri has taken extensive sewing and quilting classes from many national and international teachers, and has countless hours behind the needle, thread, and machine. She loves sharing her knowledge and two years later she began to teach quilting in local quilt shops. Teri is now certified to teach quilting and trained to judge shows. Because of her extensive experience in and out of the classroom and her knowledge of judging quilt shows, Teri has all the skills to teach many different forms of quilting. Her passion for quilting and effective teaching styles is reflected in many of her students considering her to be a great teacher, and many returning for multiple classes.
Teri successfully mixed her loves of needlework and children when she became the Skagit County Coordinator for Project Linus, a national organization that gives blankets to kids in need. Consequently, she and her many volunteer "blanketeers" spend countless hours making blankets and quilts to distribute to children.
Teri lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and is surrounded by lots of loving family, many friends, a cat, and a studio full of fabric.