Use Marti Michell's Magic Mirrors, Kaleido-Rulers and Kaleidoscope ABCs (a quilt book) to create 14 variations of the kaleidoscope quilt. Her Magic Mirrors give you a chance to preview repeating patterns in a fabric.

Marti Michell's Perfect Patchwork Systems Templates won the Best New Product Award with the first 4 sets of templates A-D. In 2004 Marti was named the 2004 recipient of the Silver Star Award, The award is presented annually to "a living person whose body of work has positively influenced, promoted and developed the art of quilting."

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Kaleidoscope ABC's
by Marti Michell
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Magic Mirrors
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Kaleidoscope ABC's Cover
Kaleidoscope ABCs
14 Step-by-Step patterns

Author: Marti Michell
Pages: 80
Page size: 8 1/2" x 11 1/2"
Publisher: Michell Marketing, Inc.
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It is easy to see curves in Kaleidoscope designs, but all of the seams are straight lines. Very few quilt design are as versatile and effective with so few pieces in each block. Most people find it hard to believe that all the quilts in this book are made using the same shapes.

  • How to Make 14 Kaleidoscope Quilts
  • Plus dozens of quilt photos for inspirration
  • Easily made using From Marti Michell Kaleido-Rulers

Author Marti MichellAbout the Author

In 1972, Marti Michell's patchwork hobby suddenly emerged as a patchwork kit business. For nearly 14 years, Yours Truly, Inc., a premiere company in quiltmaking and fabric crafts, was owned by Marti and her husband, Richard. In 1985, the company was sold and Marti began writing books and designing fabrics, patterns and tools for several major companies in the quilting industry.

At the 1991 International Quilt Market in Houson, Marti's efforts and successes were recognized by her peers. She was selected to receive the first Michael Kile Award of Achievement, "honoring commitment to creativity and excellence in the quilting industry."

Marti is internationally recognized as an author, teacher and innovator of strip techniques and rotary cutting methods. She can cut nearly any straight-sided geometric shape with a good acrylic ruler and a rotary cutter. That did not prevent her from falling in love with the concept of actual-size acrylic templates for rotary cutting. From Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork Templates were introduced in 1995.The Michells have two grown children, Jeff, a computer engineer, lives with his family in Seattle, WA, and Stacy, a quilting industry entrepreneur, owns Shades Hand Dyed Textiles and lives in Atlanta, GA. Richard and Marti are currently enjoying pet-free living in Atlanta.

In 2004, Marti was proud to be designated as the Silver Star Honoree by Quilts, Inc. She was the eleventh recipient.


Book Pictures

Instruction Page
Instruction Page
Shows how to use the Kaleido Ruler

 

Eight-Cornered Spider Web Quilts

A 60 Degree Kaleidoscope Quilt
A 60 Degree Kaleidoscope Quilt

Ramblin' Rose with Guacamole and Extra Salsa on the Side
Ramblin' Rose with Guacamole
& Extra Salsa on the Side

Kaleido-Whirl

Example

Examples
The Classic Kaleidoscope Quilt

Rainbow Spin

Antique String-Pieced Kaleidoscope

Vintage 1920's Kaleidoscope


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Kaleido-Rulers

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  • Small Kaleido-Ruler makes 2" to 8" blocks
  • Large Kaleido-Ruler makes 6" to 16" blocks:

These rulers were developed to go hand-in-hand with the Kaleido-Krazy Series by Marti Michell or stand alone, your choice.

3 steps to using the Kaleido Ruler


Step 1

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 for the interior


Step 2

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


Step 3

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.

Magic Mirrors
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Regular Size: 5 1/2" x 6"
Super Size: 5 1/2" x 11"

An innovative way to preview design concepts. Helps establish how your ideas work before extensive cutting. Especially wonderful for positioning fabric when using Set E (the Eight-pointed Star Set), the Kaleido-Rulers, and the 60-degree Triangle-Rulers. Non-breakable material.


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Table of Contents

  Diamond Stars
What is a Kaleidoscope Block? 5
Cutting Kaleidoscope Blocks 6
Additional Cutting Tricks 8
Making Kaleidoscope Blocks 9
Adding the Corners First 9 * Electric Slide 50
Adding the Corners Last 11 A 60-Degree Kaleidoscope Quilt 51
Let the Fabric Dictate Block Size 50 Monkey Busy-ness! 53
Full Size Patterns 78 Provence Revisited 53
Quilts - To Make - To Inspire   Tobacco Road 55
The Clasic Kaleidoscope Quilt 12 Kaleido Askew 61
* A Trio of Floating Circles Quilts 14 Morning Star Quilt 62
* Happy Scrappy Kaleidoscope 15 Evening Star Table Runner 63
Diamond Stars 16 Other Designs  
Vintage 1920s Kaleidoscope 19 * Maltese Cross 64
* Sunny Day Umbrellas 20 * Starry Nine Patch 64
Rainbow Spin 21 * Spider Web 64
* Kaleido-Whirl 24 Kaledo Op Art 65
* A Variation in Three Sizes 25 Belgium Spring 65
Antique String-Pieced Kaleidoscope 26 Eight-Cornered Spider Web Quilts 66
My Victorian Valentine 29 Appendix  
Fall Fantasy 29 Add This Diamond Border to Any Quilt 72
Serendipity 30 Preview the Design With Mirrors 74
Mini Kaleido Odyssey 30 What Size is a Quilt? 75
Stunning Stripes 31 Tips on Planning a Kaleidoscope Quilt 75
* A Duo of Stunning Stripes Quilts 32 Using a Design Wall 76
It's Been Kaleido'd! 36 Sewing a Quarter-inch Seam 76
Ramblin' Rose with Guacamole 40 Adding a Flap Border 76
* Purple Geckos 49 Making Mitered Borders 77


PART 1 OF 4: Marti Michell Introduces Her Kaleidoscope Ruler & Kaleidoscope ABCs

Marti Michell Shows Ways to Use the Kaleido Ruler
Marti explains the block and cutting the 2 types of triangles with a Kaleido Block 2 of 4

Marti Michell Shows Ways to Use the Kaleido Ruler
Cutting the Corners for Kaleidoscope Block

Marti Michell Shows Ways to Use the Kaleido Ruler
Cutting Half Kaleido Angles