I'm a visual learner so there are lots of pictures. I hope this is helpful as well as clear. In the previous post I shared Marilyn Doheny's 45* Kaleidoscope Wedge Ruler. So here we go...
Gather your fabrics--prints, solids, a combination--it's your choice. For more visual interest the more contrast between lights and darks the better. I'm playing mostly with solids this time.
Trim outer edge. I'm left-handed if this looks odd.
You will flip your ruler point up and point down as you cut always lining up the 3 1/2" mark.
You'll end up with lots of these. I like to do all of my cutting first.
Eight wedges make a block. Sew the wedges together in pairs.
Be sure to sew along the long side.
I like to chain piece.
Press the seams in one direction and be consistent. You'll have little ears. I snip them off.
Next sew your pairs into pairs.
Now you'll have two halves.
Sew your halves together and you'll have your kaleidoscope minus the corner pieces. Ideally all your points should meet in the middle.
OK...the ruler does not give you measurements for your corner pieces. Although the strips were cut 3 1/2" the bottom of the wedge for that size only measures 2 1/2". I added 3/4" to that and got 3 1/4". I cut 3 1/4" squares into half square triangles to get the corners. They are big but I like having more fabric to square up properly. Do whatever works for you.
Sew the four side on and now you have a kaleidoscope block wearing funny hats.
I use a 6 1/2" square to "square up" my block. The unfinished size will be 5 1/2". Pardon the glare. I have new awesome overhead lighting.
Ta Dah! You did it. Easy right?
You can also sew strips together then cut your wedges for a "string" look. Hint, hint String Challenge participants!
Wishing you all a very Happy Easter.