I have decided on exactly what and how I am making my Kaleidoscope Quilt and thought that my friends would like to either watch as I make it, or perhaps join in. I will be blogging step by step instructions as to what I am doing.
First you will need your Kaleidoscope ruler, a corner ruler and of course a straight ruler. Always start with a straight edge on your material. Then pick the material that you would like. I picked these:
I have picked material that I have, each being between 1 1/2 yards and 2 yards each. I have decided to make a Kaleidoscope with three parts, I am going to divide it with a one inch strip of burgundy. So now it is time to cut. My kaleidoscope ruler will make an 11 inch block. So I am going to make this quilt with 36 blocks, 6 down and 6 across. Knowing this I know that my blocks will measure 66" X 66". My first cuts are going to be my boarder. I like to cut the boarder out first if I can, that way I know that I will have enough material. I would like to put a 1 inch boarder of Burgundy around the outside of the blocks to look like a frame, then 3 inch boarder on the outside of light tan that will match the small corners of the Kaleidoscope.
So I cut 2 - 1 1/2" X 66 12" strips and 2 - 1 1/2" X 68 1/2" strips of the Burgundy and set them aside. Then I will cut 2 - 3 1/2" X 68 1/2" strips and 2 - 3 1/2" X 74 1/2" strips of the light tan print and set them aside.
NOTE: I know the size of my finished quilt due to my quilt blocks, if you are making the same, you will have to adjust according to your size blocks.
Next I cut a strip 3 1/4" X WOF of the Dark Brown print, a strip 1 1/2" X WOF of the Burgundy, and a strip 3 1/2" X WOF of a Brown print. I will sew the three strips together in the order they were cut.
Above shows the oder to sew the strips and also how to cut the Kaleidoscope out. I cut each different Brown print into stips like this then cut the Kaleidoscope pieces out of it. I need a total of 144 pieces. So after those strips are cut I had 72 Dk. brown tips and 72 Lt. Brown tips.)
Then I cut 144 Kaleidoscope pieces of the plain tan fabric, and also 144 corner pieces. (these I made of the tan print that I will have as outer boarder.)
I now have all my pieces cut, so am ready to make my Kaleidoscope blocks. I will keep posting each step as I have them completed. Please come back. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me.
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