The Kaleido-Rulers

For Making Kaleidoscope-type Quilt Blocks

Kaleido BlockMarti Michell Video IconMarti has loved the Kaleidoscope block "forever." It is made of two different triangles that can be cut from strips – and they can all be cut using a Kaleido-Ruler. Two companion books offer detailed how-to information and quilts from crib- to king-size, and a third book offers basic information plus a selection of reproducible Kaleidoscope layouts so you can design your own quilts. See How to Use the Kaleido-Rulers, below, for details on how to use the Kaleido-Ruler, or click the Video icon at right.

To see photos of Kaleidoscope quilts, visit the Kaleidoscope ABCs page; link below

SMALL KALEIDO-RULER (2"-8" blocks) Product #8641, $14.98 Order this ruler

LARGE KALEIDO-RULER (6"-16" blocks) Product #8642, $18.98 Order this ruler

Interested in having Marti teach a Kaleidoscope class?

Kaleidoscope ABCs. Our newest book includes tips and tricks, detailed instructions for cutting with the large and small Kaleido-Rulers, full-size patterns, and how-to’s for making 14+ quilts in a variety of styles, including the smashing cover quilt "Ramblin' Rose with Guacamole and Exra Salsa on the Side." Includes detailed instructions on cutting with the Kaleido-Rulers. Visit the Kaleidoscope ABCs page for complete details and photos.

Kaleidoscope ABCs book

Rocky Roads Pattern for two great quilts in two sizes each. Tobacco Road, made with the large Kaleido-Ruler, and Rocky Road to Wichita, made with Template Set D. Separate step-by-step instruction booklets for each quilt. Order Rocky Roads

Product No. 8003 $9.98

Rocky Roads Quilt Design

You can preview Kaleidoscope blocks (and other mirror-image patterns) before extensive cutting using "Magic Mirrors."

Kaleido BlockHow to Use the Kaleido-Rulers

Use the small Kaleido-Ruler to make 2" to 8" blocks, and the large Kaleido-Ruler to make 6" to 16" blocks:

Cut 1 Cut 2 Cut corner triangle
1. Pick a finished block size. Find it on the blunted 45° end of the Kaleido-Ruler and cut strips the width printed on the ruler. Then use the Kaleido-Ruler to rotary-cut the isosceles triangles ("Kaleido-Angle") for the interior. 2. To cut the corner triangle strips: On the longest side of the Kaleido-Ruler, align the desired finished block size with the evenly cut edge of fabric and cut strips that width. 3. To cut the corner triangles: Turn the ruler and align the finished block size with the edge of the strip. The point should touch the opposite edge of the strip.
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