The Eccentric Quilter is a blog site by Kalia Calhoun, a fiber artist who tends to be an unconventional quilter with unusual habits. Over many years of sewing and quilt making, Kalia has developed or discovered many techniques, ideas, and sources of inspiration that have helped her create quilts and other textiles art. She believes that by sharing these techniques, it is like giving you tools for your creative toolbox. Knowing more techniques gives a person more freedom of creative expression. It is Kalia’s mission to share with others in hopes of either igniting a spark or fueling a flame of creativity. Use those techniques freely for your work, BUT please be aware that all text, photographs, designs, illustrations, and artwork are the property of Kalia Calhoun and protected by copyright law and may not be used in any way without her permission, unless stated as otherwise.


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  1. Kalia,
    You do interesting things — But I need to clarify one point — since your work (text, photo, illustrations and artwork) is protected by copyright law, are we prohibited from “copying” (in our own fabric/colors,etc.) your ideas? I’m thinking today of the Christmas ornament ideas.
    Thanks, Martha

    • Hi Martha,

      Thank you for asking. I am flattered that you like it enough to want to copy it.

      Most of my designs are original and are copyrighted, but I can also give permission to use my designs for your use. In many cases, I would not give permission for such work as an original design quilt.

      You are free to the not only use the design idea for this Christmas ornament, you may copy it if you wish for your personal use.

      It would be wonderful to see what others to with the dipyramid. If you send a picture that I can share, I will post it.

      May I suggest that you might want to try some other shapes as well. I have not had time to make any more, but hope to start on more as soon as I finish with my current polyhedron. I will post pictures as they are finished. There are many wonderful shapes that would make fabulous ornaments.

      A great website that provides “nets” or pattern layouts of the faces needed to make a form is: Paper Models of Polyhedra http://www.korthalsaltes.com/index.html At the bottom of their website is a statement giving permission to use the nets for non-commercial purposes only.

      I will write up some basic instructions on how this one was constructed and then post it, hopefully this evening or tomorrow. If you click on the Follow Blog Via Email button, then you will receive a notice when a new post is up.


  2. Temari Tote Bag Denim version.
    I cannot post at the original page (WP hates me) so Here I go:
    This sounds like a great item. I’m going to make one, even if I’m daunted by the conversion to metrics. I’ve read throug the whole tutorial, and a piece of text seems to be missing between the pictures 20 and 21. At least I cannot grasp what happens here, and a sentence ends in “… right side out a” And whatever worm ate some words here, has been at it again bethween pictures 28 and 29 I suppose, as there’s a sentencen ending in “… done. These”
    I’m so sorry to point out errors, but I would like your great work to be most useful.
    Thanks a lot for your big and splendid work.

    • I did not do a very good job of proof reading before posting, so I found a couple more mistakes in addition to the ones you found. I hope to fix them today.

      I have made yet another, and final, version of this bag which I will be posting picture of after I finish correcting this post. The major upgrades on the last version is eliminating the eyelets. I find having to insert the thread in the eyelet to be too fussy and makes for a complicated bag to make, so opted to simplify the final version.

      Thank you for the feedback. It is much appreciated.


      • The tote bag number 2 looks perfect to me, siple, yet able to hold all your equipment. I like the no inner pockets to interfere with my temari. And it’s neither too heavy nor too complicatted to make. I like those eyelets for thread, and the temari pillow is genious. So please fix those mistakes, so that I can get on with the project. No pressuer, just a wish from the other side of the Pacific.

      • The tutorial has been updated to correct omissions and errors. If you find anymore, please let me know. Since you do like the use of the eyelets, then the only suggestion I have is larger eyelets than was used in this bag. In the third version, I used larger eyelets and found them to be much easier to use. Have fun with the project. I would love to see what it looks like when you are done.

  3. Back here again as WP eats my comments again.
    Yes, I did it, I made a temari tote bag. The difficultest (is that a word?) part was turning the temari pillow right side out. I only made one major mistake due to inches versus centimetres. The sleeves for the drawstrings were too big in all directions, which was luckily one of the easiest things to correct. And now for the final questions/remarks.
    – Do you want a photo? and if yes, where do I send it.
    – The temari pillow. Mine is a bit on the small side, slipping from side to side if I shake the bag. Maybe 7″ across is a bit too small. At least I’m going to make a larger one.
    – The pincushion temari how small /big is yours? I made one approximately 12 cm circumference, it seems too small. But then again a big number of needles and pins are not necessary.

    • The finished temari pillow should measure about 1/2″ (1.27 cm) smaller on all sides than the inside of the bag. Once there is thread and other stuff in the pockets, the pillow does not slip around, at least for me it doesn’t. Also, having the pillow a little smaller means that there is a little more room in the pockets since the pillow is not pushed up against the bottom of the pockets. And, I find it difficult to take out the pillow if it just fits and much easier if there is a little bit of room around it. You might find that you prefer a larger pillow. You can change things to suit your needs.

      The temari pincushion is approximately 6 3/4″ (17.14 cm) circumference. It might seem a bit big, but I did not want to get stabbed with a pin sticking out the other side. I keep my needles in a needle book which I tuck in one of the inner pockets.

      I would love a picture. May I add it to the blog? I will send you an email.


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