This week's puzzle is by a favorite TQS guest, Paula Nadlestern. The quilt was created in 1996 and is part of a series of kaleidoscope quilts. There are four 12-sided off-centered mandalas with 29 smaller scopes bordering the center of the quilt. The fabric is Liberty of London which contains the bilateral, symmetrical motifs required to create the kaleidoscopes. Kaleidscopic XVI: More is More, was created on Paula's 42" round table in the kitchen of her apartment, so while "More is More" works for fabric, you don't really need a huge space to design perfection. The quilt is 64" x 64" and was gifted to the American Folk Art Museum by Paula.
A current exhibit of Paula's kaleidoscope quilts is being held at the Akron Art Museum through October 2, 2011.
To see Paula in action at TQS, watch Episode 307: Puzzle Quilts or Episode 508: Paula at the American Folk Art Museum which features her kaleidoscope quilts.