These kids toys have always fascinated me. If you have forgotten the simple joy of it ask to see one of mine at the shoppe. But the quilt block of the same name is equally fascinating. It is simple to cut and piece, but because of its particular geometry it can do things design wise that are unexpected. And then if you take the basic triangle and piece that, well, lets just say the possibilities are endless. Take a look at the work of Paula Nadelstern to get an idea. I have played with multiple versions of this slice of Pizza shaped triangle for many years and it is about time that I introduce you to it also.
The traditional ( and most basic ) form is simple to piece. It would make a good introduction to triangles for a beginner, or a fun and quick baby quilt for someone more experienced. It works well as a Thousand Pyramids triangle, so I have kept that on the schedule as well. It makes a stunning border commonly known as and Ice Cream Cone border, and if you decide to string piece four of the eight triangles it becomes the Classic Rocky Road to Kansas block. So come get a Kaleidoscope ruler and let’s make some Quilts!!! ( we have them in stock )
I have also included in this showcase the Mountain Star Medallion. It uses four of the Mountain Star blocks, on point. This block is string pieced on a foundation that will show, and works with the same basic geometry of the Kaleidoscope but with slightly different proportions.
Our classes are by machine unless otherwise noted. You need to bring a machine in working order with thread and full bobbin that co-ordinates with your fabrics. You also need pins, seam ripper, scissors or thread snips and rotary cutting tools. The basic is a mat, cutter and 6 x 24 ruler. For these workshops you will also need a Kaleidoscope ruler. Fabric and any other notions are listed by class. Scroll down.
Traditional Kaleidoscope One 3 hour session. $30.00 by appointment or Wednesday February 20, 10:30 am
Baby size quilt – 33 x 44 ( 12 blocks without a border )
four colors, half yard each for Pizza triangles or two colors, a yard each
additional quarter yard each of 2 colors ( same as pizza pieces or different ) for corner triangles.
backing, 1 1/2 yards, binding 1/3 yard
Thousand Pyramids One 4 hour session, or Two Two hour sessions. $40.00 by appointment
Twin size. sample uses two groups of scrappy fabrics. When making a scrappy project add a little to the total yardage to be sure that you have enough, cutting from scraps does produce more waste. — but it uses up more than it wastes so go for it!! ( or save them for Rocky Road to Kansas )
background fabric, ( lights ) 2 1/2 yards
color, 2 1/2 yards ,
Also helpful are: a large scrap of batting to serve as a portable design space, and some baggies for organizing.
Rocky Road to Kansas Two Three hour sessions, $60.00 by appointment or March 7 & 21, 10:30
foundation for string piecing: 1/2 yard
star background and border, one yard each
strings and scraps for star points, one lunch bag full.
Ice Cream Cone Border One two hour session $20.00
You must have the center of your quilt finished for this. Bring all your leftover fabrics from it. Since my center was improv pieced, so are my triangles, but you can use un pieced triangles. You will need background and a color ( or scrappy from the center of the quilt )
Bring a tape measure longer than the longest side of your quilt.
Bring paper or a notebook, pencil, eraser and a calculator.
Yardage needed to complete it varies so that is part of what we will calculate.
Mountain Star Medallion 2 Three Hour sessions, $60.00 by appointment or January 29 & February 5, 10:30
As shown it is 40 inches square.
foundations and diamond border use 5 inch squares, bring at least 40. If you want all four sides to be the same have at least four each of ten different fabrics.
Strings and tiny scraps, in the sample they are all white/cream light neutrals. a lunch bag full is plenty.
Large setting triangles require a yard and a quarter.
Piece of template plastic that is 3 x 8 inches, plus a marker and scissors that will work for it. We will use this instead of the Kaleidoscope ruler.
fabric marker that shows up on the FRONT of your cut squares.