Sunday 27 October 2013

Stash Busters Quilt Along Week 9

This weeks block is one that I have had my eye on for a while on various blogs.  I drafted it out on EQ and printed paper piecing patterns.  After looking at the patterns I decided there had to be an easier way to make the block.  I pulled out my Kaleido Ruler and this is the result.  Don't worry if you don't have the ruler, at the bottom of the page I have an alternate method.

From your background fabric cut two strips of fabric 3 1/2" by width of fabric.  From assorted scraps cut pieces 3 1/2" by at least 3 1/2".

Using your Kaleido Ruler, or instructions at the bottom, cut a wedge from eight different scraps.  From the background cut 24 wedges.  When using the ruler the line for a 6" square should be on one edge of the 3 1/2" strip.

This is the lay out for an eighth of your block.

Starting with the top of the wedge, sew a background to the feature fabric.  For correct placement the top of the two pieces should intersect right where your quarter inch seam starts.

Sew the second background piece on.

Line the third background piece up with the feature fabric piece.

This is how your wedge should look.  Make seven more from the assorted scraps.

Lay out all eight pieces.  Sew together into sets of two.  When pressing all the seam allowances have to be pressed the same direction.

Sew together into fours.  I have shown you the back so you can see the seam allowances.

Sew the final seam and press it open to reduce the bulk at the centre.

From a 4 1/2" strip of background cut four Easy Angle pieces and sew on the corners.  Square up the corners for your 12 1/2" block.

Now for how to cut your wedges without the Kaleido Ruler.  Go to my drop box link here. Download the PDF file and then print it with your printer set at 102 per cent.  This was my first time trying to make a PDF available on the web, and I messed up somehow.  To be the right size you have to print at 102, sorry.  If you don't know how to set the print preferences, print at the size it is then add about 1/16" to the top of the template.

Grab your Easy Angle Ruler.

Line it up on top of your printed template.  Mark the cutting line with a piece of tape.

Use the ruler as show to cut your wedge shapes from a 3 1/2" strip.  Of course if you don't want to go to all this trouble and you live close to me, just borrow my Kaleido ruler.

On two of the blocks I made the corners a feature fabric colour.  The choice is yours.  Have fun with this one.  If you have any questions please let me know.  I will be away for a few days but will answer as soon as I can.


  1. Beautiful block. I understand that EQ is coming out with a Mac version. I'm very excited about that!

  2. Another gorgeous circle block. Kaleido ruler here I come : )

  3. Wow, fabulous! Looking forward to tackling this one this week. Haven't posted on Flicker, because for some reason, I'm now not part of the group, and apparently need an invite. Thought I'd joined but.......

  4. Might have to think about this one a while. I don't think I have those rulers. Could you tell me the measurements of the triangle?

  5. This is a really interesting block. It is very tempting!

  6. I made these blocks for a block exchange. Hopefully I'll be receiving my 'traded' blocks any day now. We used a pattern online that was free. I didn't like the way they set up the pattern. They didn't leave room for seam allowance, and, put the pieces too close together. Mine had to be paper pieced, so that everyone's blocks would be the same. If I ever make this block again, there will be lots of changes to make it easier.

  7. Exciting. Believe it or not I bought my Kaleidoscope ruler at Katja's years ago, when my kids lived there. On the books for today!