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Thread: Kaleidoscope quilt rulers

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    Hi,
    I would like to try making a Kaleidoscope block but need to know what sort of template i would need to make this and where i can find any tutorials on how to make these blocks

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    i love those quilts too

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    Me too!

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    there are many kaleidescope designs. which do you want to make.

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    Oh i don't really know i have seen some beautiful ones with floral fabric but a easy one to start with would be good as a beginner in these types of blocks i think if i started with a really hard one would panic me lol

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    A good one to start with is one block wonder or Bethany Reynolds Kaleidscope pinwheel. For these you only need a straight ruler. This would give you the concept and you can go from there. And the uglest fabric make the most attractive designs.

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    and #2 it is addictive

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    You may want to start out with a pattern. Some are fussy cut, others are cut out using repeat fabrics stacked up.

    Having a good book or pattern in front of you for the first one is very helpful :wink:

    Once you pick one out, it will be easier for us to help you with it :D:D:D

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    Check out this tutorial from connecting threads :D:D:D

    http://www.connectingthreads.com/tut...lock__D21.html

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    Florals sounds like Stack & Whack or One Block Wonders. Stack & Whack (S&W) generally uses 45 degree templates but can be done with any size really. One Block Wonders (OBW)are generally hexagons so they use 6 triangles--60 degree rulers or equilateral triangles. I used Kaye Wood's Star Maker 6 ruler for my OBW. I like how large it is so I can make any finished size between 2" & 14".

    There is a tutorial on this website for the OBW's. Very good pictorials to follow. Finding the repeats and accurate cutting are the hardest parts.

    Another method is to find a specific design in a fabric and fussy cut multiples in triangles, squares (4 Patch Posies), or blades (Dresden Kaleidoscopes). How many units depends on the degree of ruler you use. A 10 degree blade ruler would be 36 blades or a 36 degree blade ruler would be 10 blades. You have to equal 360 degrees to make a block. 6-60 degree triangles, 8-45 degree triangles also known as half square triangles. Squares are 90 degrees so 4 squares.

    A really cool one I saw wasn't flowers. It was chili peppers. The oriental fabrics look great also. I prefer the high contrast versions myself with lots of color. To me, the muted ones with fewer colors look like a whole lot of work for very little bang but many people like the very subtle changes across the quilt. I like eye candy overload!

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    Search this site for OBW. There are pictures you can look at to see if this is the type of kalidescope quilt you'd like to do. If it is, there is a tutorial. This quilt is made with hexagons, so you would need a 60 degree triangle ruler, preferably one that comes to a sharp point, not one with the tip blunted.

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    Amma Thank you for the info i have now bookmark this and will give it a go, it looks like once you have tried it it comes a lot easier to do

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    Thank you so much everybody for the info i will have fun giving these blocks a go and will put pictures up of the finished blocks once i have tried them a few times lol

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    You are very welcome :D:D:D

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    you need a 60 degree ruler, check yours lots of them have lines for 30-45-and 60 degree lines. you will probably need to buy the book or a pattern but there may be some good tutorials out there.

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    wow this is so easy to understand. Thank you. This will be my project after i finish the one between my hands. I am so excited :-D

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