Guest Blogger Lucky Duck Dreams with Kaliedoscope Twist Block Tutorial: 52 Twisted Traditional Block Quilt Along

It’s Wednesday! I’m super excited to welcome Colleen Yarnell of Lucky Duck Dreams as todays guest block designer for the 52 Twisted Traditional Block Quilt Along!  Colleen has been a supporter of mine for a long time now and she’s an avid Project QUILTING Participant to boot.  Be sure to check her out online:
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Before we get to her ‘twisted block let’s learn a little more about Colleen through a mini interview!

What is your favorite thing about Quilt Alongs?

I love the challenge of quilt alongs!  I sometimes get stuck and the structure of a quilt along allows me to play with fabric-pattern, scale and color.  For the Twisted Traditional blocks I have been using only scraps in a bit of a crazy clashing mix of patterns and colors.
What type of quilter do you consider yourself - traditional, modern, contemporary, other...?
That is such a hard question.  I definitely started out learning traditional techniques in the 1990s from an international online community.  I was also learning the cutting edge at the time and using the most modern fabrics available.  I dabbled in hand dying and screen printing and embellishment. And back then I loved quilting with pearl cottons.   I stopped quilting for about 10 years.  When I started up again 4 years ago the diversity of fabrics and colors was awesome!  There is a large group of 'Modern' quilters and completely identified with.  Funny thing is the wonkiness, simple patterns, and negative space was not so different from what I did in the 1990's, just with better fabrics.  So I guess I'm a Modern Traditionalist with a dash of Artsy fun. (LOVE this description)
What other quilt alongs are you participating in in 2014?
I'm trying not to participate in anything else because I have too many unfinished projects and tops that need quilting.  I love to do the Project Quilting challenges if my work schedule allows.  I often try to meld them with a sewing need to do double duty.  I am involved in the Moderninstabee on instagram.  If I didn't work full time I have a feeling I’d participate in a lot more.  As it is I’m really behind in the Twisted Traditional.

Apples or oranges?
Oranges but I try to do an apple a day 4-5 times a week.  I believe they do help keep the doctor away.

Favorite Book:
Hardest question ever!  I am an elementary librarian and I always carry a book to read! So I'll say my two favorite juvenile novels no three no four that I read as a kid and still will reread on occasion.  Which BTW make great read alouds too!
  • 101 Dalmations by Dodie Smith
  • James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  • Arabela's Raven by Joan Aiken (whole series is great)
  • The Saturdays by Elizabeth Ehnright (whole series is great)
Now let’s check out Colleen’s twisted block!
Kaleidoscope Twist Block!IMG_3798
Head on over to Colleen’s blog HERE to find out how to make this fun block!
I can’t wait to see what all your blocks look like!  Be sure to share you blocks and any projects you make using your blocks onto our flickr group: 52 Blocks Quilt Along
Instagram/Twitter Hashtag: #52bTT


  • Stop back next Wednesday for another twisted traditional block tutorial!

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