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Rhonda did it again! She created another amazing tutorial. This time, it's about making fabric kaleidoscopes.
What are Dresden Kaleidoscopes?
Dresden Kaleidoscope is a combination of the kaleidoscope idea and the Dresden Plate appliqué pattern. You make a kaleidoscope by fussy cutting the same design that is repeated in the fabric. You cut as many as you need, and then you sew them into a Dresden Plate, an appliqué pattern. Then the Dresden Kaleidoscope is traditionally sewn onto a back fabric to create a quilt block.
The fussy cut is really easy, especially once you get used to making kaleidoscopes. But it gives you great looking designs. No two Dresden Kaleidoscopes are ever alike! So your work will be truly unique. Instead of describing, let me show you a few pictures that will blow you away.
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As you can see, kaleidoscopes are dramatic, unusual and eye catching. But it's not just about making the kaleidoscope tops. It's much more.
Dresden Kaleidoscopes can be used to make blocks for standard quilts, but Rhonda goes a step further. After explaining the technique of making kaleidoscopes so you can create your own quilts, she explains how to make 8 different items using this technique.
She gives the kaleidoscopes her own spin by using them in small projects.
You can make a great deal of crafts with this technique. As a matter of fact, Rhonda explains how to make the following items:
• Key chains
• Eyeglass cases
• Mouse pads
• Makeup bags
• Hot pads
• Tote bags
Here are the pictures of some of the items:
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Not only will you be able to learn how to make such amazing block tops for your quilts, but you'll also be able to make great miniature creations such as coasters and hot pads.
Would you like to discover how to make these? With kaleidoscope designs on them? Read on!
Today, I present to you an e-book called Dresden Kaleidoscopes by Rhonda Woodsmall. As I said before, this e-book will show you not only how to make kaleidoscopes, but you will also find out how to finish complete mini projects. So by following the illustrated step-by-step instructions, you'll be able to make all the items I outlined above. That's in addition to being able to make traditional quilts with kaleidoscope tops.
Dresden Kaleidoscopes e-book contains two distinct parts. First part is dedicated to teaching you how to make the kaleidoscopes. Over 20 pages of the e-book are dedicated to explaining this amazing technique. Each step is outlined and illustrated with pictures, so that even a complete newbie can start making kaleidoscopes right away.
The second part of the e-book contains step-by-step instructions to make the following items (I already mentioned them): key chains, coasters, eyeglass cases, mouse pads, makeup bags, hot pads, trivets, tote bags. In total, there are 8 separate projects, you can finish with kaleidoscopes. All that is aside from the explanation of the kaleidoscope technique itself.
There is also a bonus part which shows some of Rhonda's kaleidoscopes, so you can get your imagination started and come up with many great designs of your own.
With over 100 pictures in this e-book, you'll be amazed at the amount of detail and the depth of illustrations accompanying each and every step. This will make mastering kaleidoscopes very easy for you.
In Dresden Kaleidoscopes, Rhonda even explains how to pick the right fabric (with pictures). So you will know which fabric in your stash is right for kaleidoscopes and which isn't. That way, you won't waste any fabric that wasn't right for such projects in the first place.
Aside from teaching you what to do, she also teaches you what not to do. There is one common mistake people make when attempting to create kaleidoscopes. It completely ruins the designs of finished pieces. And the most frustrating thing is that you'll only notice it at the very end, once most of the work is completed. Wouldn't it upset you to have to spend time creating a kaleidoscope only to find out it's ruined right before you are about to finish it?
But good news is that this mistake is easily avoidable if you know to what to look out for right from the beginning. She made it a special point to outline in the e-book so that you won't fall into this trap.
Even if you tried making kaleidoscopes before, but failed and ended up with awful-looking tops, you'll now be able to make them with ease. And your final designs will look amazing.
A few people asked me if they need templates for making kaleidoscopes. And if yes, where to get them. That's a very good question. Let me address it.
Rhonda did everything possible to make sure you have a pleasant and easy experience with Dresden Kaleidoscopes. So in the e-book, she offers the following three options for templates:
• You can print and trace the templates straight from the e-book (they are all included). This way, you can start making kaleidoscopes right away.
• You can order template plastic to cut your own templates. Rhonda explains where and how to order them. With your own templates, you'll be able to make not only the kaleidoscopes with shapes of Rhonda's designs, but your own shapes as well. You'll be able to experiment all you want. (Everything about picking and ordering template plastic is explained on page 4 of the e-book).
• You can ask Rhonda to mail you free bonus custom-made templates specifically for making kaleidoscopes. Information on how to request the free templates is listed in the e-book (page 5). This option is best if you don't want to make your own templates. Rhonda was kind enough to offer free kaleidoscope templates for everyone who tries her e-book.
You can even start making kaleidoscopes right away, using printouts of templates in the e-book. And later on, once you've had some practice with this technique, order template plastic to cut your own templates or ask Rhonda to mail you some for free.
As you can see, getting the templates to make kaleidoscopes is not going to be a problem.
With her previous e-book (Boston Blocks), Rhonda went out of her way to help anyone who read her guide but still had some questions. She personally helped over 60 people right here on the message board, via e-mail, and even over the phone.
Not to mention that earlier she mailed out over 450 free templates to other members of the newsletter and the message board. All that before even releasing a single e-book for sale.
She sent templates to all fifty states and a lot of places all over the world. Spain, France, Guam, The Virgin Islands, Norway, Netherlands, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, the UK, just to name a few.
Can you imagine her level of dedication? I got exhausted by simply reading that list. Yet, she keeps helping quilters out there every single day. She does everything humanly possible to help people learn her techniques and use them in their quilting.
You simply can't get that level of attention if the expert author of the tutorial doesn't happen to hang out at the same quilting community as you do.
Luckily, if you are reading this, you and Rhonda are both members of our great community, and you can always talk to Rhonda should you have any questions. Because of that , learning a new technique using the Dresden Kaleidoscopes e-book is pretty much guaranteed to be a pleasant experience for you.
On top of that, she took the feedback from the people who ordered her previous e-book (which people were raving about), and kept all suggestions in mind when writing the Dresden Kaleidoscopes. So this e-book is of even higher quality than the previous one. You -- the members of this quilting community -- told her what you want, and she delivered it! That's another great aspect of having an author who is a member of our own community. Things just keep getting better.
At first, I thought about presenting this as two separate e-books. One to teach how to make kaleidoscopes, and the other one as a guide for the 8 complete projects you can make. But after thinking about it, I decided that because of the continued support by my newsletter subscribers and message board users, you deserve to get as much value for your money as possible.
So all this great amount of information is released in a single e-book -- Dresden Kaleidoscopes.
On-line quilting classes charge $45.00 to $80.00 for similar lessons. Lessons with an instructor would cost even more. But Dresden Kaleidoscopes e-book costs only $34.95.
And unlike taking a class, with Dresden Kaleidoscopes you can study the technique in a comfort of your own home at your own pace. So you can go over the material and try out each step as slowly (and thoroughly) or as quickly (and lightly) as you want. But if you ever have a question or if something is unclear, Rhonda is right here on the message board to help you out.
Another important point to keep in mind is that a part of the revenue from the sales of this e-book goes to the author, while another part goes towards covering the maintenance of this newsletter and the message board. So by ordering, you not only get to learn an amazing new technique, but you also help this quilting community grow!
Please order below and show your support for our quilting community.
Because it's an electronic book (e-book), you will download it right away -- there is no shipping cost and no need to wait for it to be delivered.
Once you download the e-book onto your computer, you can read it on the screen or print it out. It's all up to you.
But the important thing is that you can be reading it and learning a new technique in just minutes from now.
Click the order button below to get your copy of Dresden Kaleidoscopes, and you'll be on your way to creating amazing-looking kaleidoscopes the easy way.
As with anything I recommend, I always offer a 100% money-back guarantee, just to make sure you are completely satisfied with what you buy. The guarantee is valid for two months.
When you order, you have 60 days to try out the techniques Rhonda teaches. That gives you plenty of time, not only to simply read it, but to completely master Dresden Kaleidoscopes. You'll be able to give it a full try and experiment all you want before you have to decide if it's worth your money.
And if for some reason you don't like this e-book, just contact me, and I'll refund your money right away without any questions. You have absolutely nothing to worry about when ordering Dresden Kaleidoscopes.
So click here to order your copy today because this amazing technique will make you a better quilter, and at the same time help this quilting community grow!
Treat yourself. You deserve it. Especially since ordering this e-book will cost you much less than taking lessons, and the items you'll be able to create will provide great value.