Thursday, February 16, 2012

Kaliedoscope Smart Plate Ruler Tutorial

Where oh where have I been?  Sometimes I feel like I'm lost in place after a trip away from the Squash House!  I've had a difficult time getting back into the swing of frequent blogging.  One thing I've been trying to do is get more sewing done in my studio, which also relates to less computer time.  I thought I'd better post this tutorial for those of you who've been watching for it!

A while back I posted about the Kaleidoscope Smart Plate Ruler from Sharon Sebrow.  This great ruler makes kaleidoscope blocks quick and easy.  I'll be showing you the basics - Sharon has much more in her patterns and book!
The first step is to make your pinwheel block.  I won't show how to do that as most of you know the quick and easy way.  You just make four, half-square triangles, arrange them to form a pinwheel, then sew them together just like a four-patch.  Now comes the fun with the ruler!  Place the ruler as shown above. 
 Next step is to slice off the long, straight edge with your rotary cutter.  There is one little thing to keep in mind and I learned it the hard way with the first block. If you want (as in my case) all the lighter fabrics to be the four-sided triangle, be sure to position the first cut so that the first four sided triangle will be on a lighter fabric!
 The trick is to keep rotating the ruler until your kaleidoscope ruler is completely cut!  Here, I've rotated and cut once again...
 and again...
 and again...
 and one last time! 
Voila!  Here is your quick and easy Kaleidoscope block!   How easy is that!!  Be sure to visit Sharon here and find out more about this terrific ruler!

17 comments:

Pumpkin Country said...

very cool. you know, gadgets are something i have very little of, need more! lol

Stephanie said...

I love gadget tutorials -- me not being much of a gadget girl -- I'm a "show me" girl. I think this blocks will make a terrific quilt.

P.S. Apparently blogger changed something...everyone who has to type in a word verification now has to type in two different ones and one is almost impossible to read. Just an FYI -- mine is something like draopn and 13.36.

Ulla said...

That's a nice tool! I'm more for simpler quilt patterns still.
My difficult word is on top of a black spot partially, I'll try wnxamp cause.

Me and My Stitches said...

Wow - how slick is that! I have just made a bunch of pinwheel blocks from leftover HSTs - this really makes a much more interesting block. Thanks for sharing!

Sue said...

WOW ! What a COOL tool ! Thanks for the tutorial

Barb said...

Looks easy....thanks for the tut.!!

Nicole said...

I am so excited about that ruler. Haven't seen anything quite so innovative in awhile!

Carrie P. said...

Now that is pretty cool!

Lynn said...

I haven't seen that ruler before Candace. Thanks for showing it to us. Looks like fun.

Jeanna said...

Amazing! I had not seen the ruler nor a block like that before.

Very nice!

Linda said...

AWESOME tutorial!!!! I want to get that ruler now. Looks simple enough and it creates such a striking design. Wish I could buy some time to go with. :-)

Mary said...

WOW, I didn't expect that shape when I first saw the ruler. Looks like something I could use.

Jackie said...

What a cute block! I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with it. It doesn't look difficult at all!

AnnieO said...

Cool tool! Makes each block the perfect size. What do you do with all that waste you cut off?

Annemariesquilt said...

AAAA clever !!
Loved this one ;-)

I am Just One Mom said...

Have you ever seen a chart from SmartPlate that lists what the starting size for the Squares should be to make the HSTs from for the various sizes of Block 1 & Block 2? They should be quite different because the rotation and corners actually reduce the size of HSTs needed.

Nicole said...

I sure do appreciate this tutorial Candace! One of my readers forwarded me the link and it is going to come in so handy when I get my ruler!