Tell us a little about designing your fabric lines. What makes your fabric especially suitable for your kaleidoscope designs?
Kaleidoscopes rely on the reflection of light rays from the mirrors. When you look into one end, your eye intercepts light that entered the opposite end and is then reflected one or more times from the mirrors. Choosing fabrics that evoke a sense of shading and transparency creates the translucent nature of a 'scope's interior on a quilt's flat surface.
All of the fabrics in the Luminosity collection are rendered for function and personality in order to evoke the glassy, crystalline quality of a kaleidoscope.
Also, CATHEDRAL (#870), TIFFANY (#875), and MARBLE (#872) patterns are bilaterally symmetrical fabrics. The first two patterns have many obvious lines of symmetry, while MARBLE has two different lines running parallel to the selvedge, where the pattern on one side of the line is the mirror image of the pattern on the other side of the line. Each of these lines is repeated twice selvedge to selvedge.
If you could offer one piece of advice for quiltmakers today, what would it be?
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Paula Nadelstern is an author, teacher and quiltmaker from the Bronx, New York. Renowned for her complex and beautiful Kaleidoscope quilts, Paula is currently designing textiles for Benartex, Inc. Paula's Luminosity Lines appears in the Jan/Feb 2005 issue of Quiltmaker magazine.