Hey Everyone, welcome back to Technique Tuesday.
Way back when in the spring I featured this ruler on Cool Tool Thursday and mentioned at the end of it that a Technique Tuesday post would be coming soon. Well, soon has finally arrived and here it is.
I really like these two rulers from Marti Michell and I find them very easy to use. The Kaleido ruler comes two sizes, small and large with the small ruler making 2″ to 8″ blocks and the large ruler making 6″ to 16″ blocks. They certainly offer a huge range of block sizes to choose from. For those of us who like to work miniature or jumbo and everything in-between.
How does the ruler work
Each ruler works in the same way and is used to cut three different shapes for the kaleidoscope blocks.
This is the main pie shape or triangle of the block. This shape is cut from strips of fabric whether it be a single piece of fabric or a fabric run made up of different fabric strips like in the Spider Web Kaleidoscope design. The ruler has a blunt corner which is placed at the top of the fabric strip with the corresponding line at the bottom for the finished size of the block.
For example this block is going to be 8″ finished so the 8″ line is aligned with the bottom edge of the fabric strip. The blunt end then is aligned with the top edge. Cut along each diagonal side of the ruler to cut the first piece.
Turn ruler upside down and place on strip of fabric to cut the second triangle. Everything is aligned the same way.
How do you know what width to cut the strip – there are two ways. First of all the measurement is written on each line which makes it very easy to know what width to cut the strip. The second method is to line up the 8″ line on the edge of the fabric with the edge being on your right hand side and then line up the long ruler at the blunt corner of the ruler. Make sure it is even along the whole WOF before cutting.
The second shape is the corner triangle. There is no measuring of ⅛″ measurements and with this ruler the corner triangles fit perfectly.
Measure the width of the fabric the same way as above but using the opposite 45 degree end of the ruler. Place the line on the edge of the fabric that corresponds with the block size and then place the long ruler at the tip of the ruler. Cut the strip of fabric.
Lay out the strip on the mat and place the same end of the ruler on the strip with the 8″ line on the edge of the fabric and the corner of the ruler will be at the top, the diagonal edge of the ruler will be at the left bottom corner of the strip of fabric.
Once aligned cut the square and then cut again along the diagonal to create 4 corner triangle pieces.
The third shape is a half pie shape or triangle.
Cut the strips as stated on the ruler for the size of block required. Cut off the selvage. Place the ruler with the blunt corner at the top edge of the strip and the left dashed line along the squared off edge of the fabric. By using the dashed line the ¼″ seam allowance is added in. Cut along the diagonal edge of the ruler.
To make the next cut place one of the pieces just cut upside down on the strip of fabric with diagonal edges aligned. Place the ruler along the straight edge of the half triangle shape and cut.
All of these shapes then fit together beautifully as the kaleidoscope block is being made. Having them all cut with the same ruler is fantastic.
Tune in next week to see how to put all of the pieces together. Check out last week’s post all about the Spider Web Kaleidoscope Quilt which I will be teaching at Creativfest this fall – details in the post.