Kaleidoscopes and quilting designs
I’ve been having too much fun with Kaleidoscope Kreator 3 this week. I’ve wanted this program for years and finally bought it. Basically, you drop any photo onto the workspace, choose a template to make the kaleidoscope with and move the photo around under the template. A kaleidoscope of the chosen part of the photo appears on the right hand side of the screen. You can create so many completely different kaleidoscopes from that one picture. So far I’ve made over 800 kaleidoscopes using my photos of buildings, walls, tree trunks, underground caves, wrought iron work, sunsets, statues, stairwells and my photoshopped photos.
It’s very easy to set up and use. It’s also a lot of fun! Quilters can create fantastic quilt designs from the kaleidoscopes. I’ve mainly been working with the 16 part square so it’s making a lot of octagonal and 8 point star designs from my images. These can translate into great quilting designs for these shapes. Here are just a few I created.
With this type of program you’ll never run out of ideas for designs. The oddest photo can make the best design. You can create kaleidoscopes in Photoshop, but this does it instantly and you can get dozens of kaleidoscopes from one photo. These would also make great allover designs. This is the kind of out of the box thinking I like when it comes to design. They are unique. Give yourself a design challenge today! What can you come up with?
Happy designing and quilting,
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