Kaleidoscope Anyone?

Hey Everyone, welcome back to Cool Tool Thursday.

Back at the end of April I was invited to CreativFestival by Country Concessions to demonstrate a couple of different rulers at their booth. I featured the Leaves Galore Ruler by Sue Pelland Designs around the time of CreativFestival, but I never did feature the other ruler I was demonstrating. (Here’s the link to the post on the Leaves Galore rulers.)

The other rulers were the Marti Michell Kaleido Rulers. The ruler comes in small and large and I really was very impressed with the rulers. The small ruler makes kaleidoscope blocks from 2″ to 8″ and the large from 6″ to 16″. From wee tiny to mega large these rulers will accommodate all quilters whether they like to work small or large. I chose the average sizes of 8″ and 10″ blocks for the pieces I created.

The ruler really is very simple to use and has little to no waste of fabric. Each ruler cuts not only the full triangle shape but also a half triangle shape and the triangles to fit in the corners of each block.

One of the pieces I made with the ruler I used a striped fabric for. In one version I had the stripes running vertical within the blocks and the other version they were running horizontally.

Stripes running vertically in the block

Stripes running vertically in the block

Stripes running horizontally

Stripes running horizontally in the block

Which one do you like better?

The other sample I made was with a spiderweb effect using a set of gradated fabrics. I really like this one and love how the pie shapes look like Candy Corn that horrible orange, yellow and white candy that is only out at Halloween.

Spider web design

All in all I found these rulers very useful and if you are thinking of making a kaleidoscope quilt I would certainly give these ones a try.

Looking for more ideas and patterns to use with these rulers? Marti Michell published a book with 5 crib to king sized quilt patterns in it. The book, Kaleido-Krazy, is out of print now, but still available used on Amazon.

Keep an eye open for a Technique Tuesday post in the future where I will go into how to use this ruler in more detail.

Happy Quilting!

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