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Prepare to be amazed at how quick and easy making Kaleidoscope blocks can be with Kaleidoscope, The Smart Way by Sharon Sebrow. There are 13 delightful quilts, from wallhanging to full-size which provide fast projects with the WOW fact built in.

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Cover Kaleidoscope - The Smart Way

The Smart Way

Author: Sharon Sebrow
Pages: 95
Page size: 8.5" W X 11" H
Publisher: American Quilters Society: AQS
Cover: Soft Cover
Item Code: 4L70100
Weight: 0.95 lb
MSRP: $26.95

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Kaleidoscope the Smart Way provides:

  • The versatility of the Kaleidoscope block is now matched by the smart way of making it. Simply start with the basic Pinwheel block made from half-square triangles, then trim for 8-patch or 12-patch Kaleidoscope blocks.
  • The clever Smart-Plate® template (pattern provided) makes cutting a snap. Instructions for both right and left-handed quilters are included.
  • From wallhanging to full-size, 13 delightful quilts provide fast projects.

author About the Author

From a very young age, Sharon Sebrow has enjoyed needlework of all kinds. In high school home ec, Sharon had her first taste of machine sewing. It wasn't until she was pregnant with her first child, in 1989, that she started to do patchwork by machine. She fell in love with the immediate gratification the strip-piecing method provided. Once she started quilting, she took off and never looked back.

Every chance she could, Sharon would share her sewing and quilting knowledge. Whether it was teaching privately, as a guest quilter in kindergarten classes in her children's elementary school, in after-school clubs for second and third graders, or in the local community adult education program, Sharon found delight and fulfillment in teaching others how to sew and quilt.

Her ultimate joy in quilting is seeing the satisfaction of beginning quilters when they are successful making a block or using a technique they thought was beyond their capabilities and discovering how easy it turned out to be. Two of her young students were recognized at the 2004 New Jersey State Guild show.

In 2004, "Sharon Sews," a questions and answers column, was first published by Quilt Magazine. In addition to her column, Sharon began designing quilts and writing patterns for the same publication. At the end of 2005, Sharon took a break to enjoy the final weeks of her pregnancy and perfect her designs and technique for the Kaleidoscope Smart-Plate template.

Sharon lives in northern New Jersey with her husband of 20 years, her five children, ranging in ages from 3 to 19 and their dog.

Table of Contents

Introduction to a New Concept 5
How to Use This Book 6
Following the Patterns 6
Basic Tools 6
Preparing Your Fabrics 8
The Pinwheel Block 9
Half-Square Triangle Units 9
Sewing Half-Square Triangles - 3 methods 9
Simplified Pinwheel Block Construction and Faux Half-Square Triangles 11
Sewing the Pinwheel Block 12
Troubleshooting the Pinwheel Block 12
Pinwheel Sizes 13
Using the Cutting Sizes Table 13
Using the Kaleidoscope Smart-Plate 14
Smaller 8-Patch Blocks - 2" and up 14
Smaller 12-Patch Blocks with Pieced Corners - 2" and up 14
Preparing Corner Triangles 15
Combination Blocks 15
Troubleshooting Trimming Problems 15
Trimming the 8-Patch Kaleidoscope Block 17
Trimming the 12-Patch Kaleidoscope Block 18
Tips for Borders and Binding 19
Folded Borders 20
Mitered Borders 20
Binding Tips 21
Quilt Patterns 22
Lucky Stars 22
Hanamachi 26
Northern Lights 30
Stars & Stripes 34
Seascope 40
Yes, A Scrap Quilt! 44
Old Fashion Charm 48
Square in a Star 52
Classic Blue and White 58
Web of Trouble 64
Apple Blossom 70
English Garden 76
Pink Lemonade 82
Kaleidoscope Worksheets 88
Kaleidoscope Template 92
About the Author 95

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