Sunday, March 11, 2007

Kaleidoscope Quilts, and Rulers

One of my first specialty rulers, a Kaleidoscope, 45 degree ruler, by Marilyn Dohaney. This even came with great instructions, resulting in a quilt with seams pressed oppposite directions and neat intersections. Easy, despite what it looks like. I bought this ruler in 1989, and went wild with it for a time, probably due to the included instructions. I marked the back with masking tape (ugh) to help keep everything in line, and later learned about using painter's tape, a vast improvement. Masking tape left icky residue.

This is another favorite ruler but I found the lines hard to see, resulting in eye strain and error - hence the bright orange marking product. This product comes several strips to a package, they are reusable, and can be cut. No residue. I found if I licked the back of the product (oh yeah, quilt-y germs and all) it would stay put.

This was my first quilt I made using the Kaleidoscope Ruler - now, there are many similar products, but I still like my first. It is machine quilted using a rainbow type invisible thread, and two of the borders are done in a cable, using blue thread and a walking foot. I was new to this machine quilting stuff back them! The outside border is done with invisible thread, straight line stitching jogging between the white moons.

I purposely left my DH's stocking feet in the photo, as well as the lovely blue spring sky. We quilters should have a special commemorative day for willing "Quilt Holders."

Close up of the lovely crinkles and wrinkles, etc.

If you are new to quilting, be sure you understand the difference between a 45 degree ruler and a 60 degree ruler and a "Peaky and Spike" type set of rulers. Yep, a lot of us (uhhh ... me ...) have forgotten until we make the dreaded mistake!

You know, just pulling this quilt out of the closet, taking photos, etc., and I get all gung ho to make yet another! Arrrghhh - there is no end to what MORE we MUST make!


Leah Spencer said...

Haha, I like the hubby's feet touch. ;)

Joyce said...

You can never have too many rulers or other quilting gadgets. I just bought a couple of new rulers yesterday because there was a 49% off sale. They are not so exciting, a new 12x24 and a 6x12 but I love them. My old one was all trashed.

Paula, the quilter said...

I have been using a neon 1/4" tape to mark my rulers. Works just like your red vinyl product. Can't remember who makes it but I think I got it at a quilt shop.

Lori (A.K.A. Elkhoundmom) said...

I have wanted to make a kaleidoscope quilt and was wondering if my peaky and spike ruler would work -- good thing I read this!

tami said...

I have a whole collection of rulers. Every time Joann's has a 50% off sale I enhance my collection. I just can't pass up a bargin.
BTW, you can get masking tape or other sticker ick off hard surfaces with either vegetable or baby oil.

Finn said...

Hi Elaine, I'm chuckling because that was one of my first rulers also...LOL And I did re-visit it not too long ago. A new quilting friend had never seen it, borrowed it and the directions and almost didn't give it back!! She loved it.

I think your first K. quilt looks great...and your points match better than mine did...*VBS* Love the blue stocking feet!!
Your chunky churn dash is really a pretty quilt. It's on my to-do list. Hugs, Finn

Angie said...

What a lovely quilt, Elaine!! And the 'stocking' feet, fence and sky make an adorable picture! :D

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

I used my ruler last year to make a quilt and deinately will use it again to make another in the future. Got to love specialty rulers! Your version came out very nicely - you did lots of quilting on it for one who didn't know much about quilting back then. Looks great!



Fiona said...

I've been wanting to get one of those for a while - your post has just reminded me!

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

I am still flat out mastering my good old faithful rectangular ruler, could I just shoot across for a coffee and a lesson? See ya tomorrow!LOL Tracey

Anonymous said...

I too have a weakness for specialty rulers and templates. After having made a queen-size Tennessee Waltz with my own homemade templates, I'll never do another without getting Eleanor Burns' nice acrylic one. Why make a long and sometimes tricky job harder on yourself when a $10 or $15 set of templates/rulers would make everything so much easier and accurate (i.e. more fun)?

I love posts like this, where you experienced quilters show us somewhat-newbies a few of your tricks. I also love kaleidoscope quilts and may have to look into some rulers for same. Thanks, Elaine.

Lynn Dykstra said...

My quilt holders balk whenever I want to take a photograph--I have resorted to using neighbors, and have figured out a way to use the table and chair on the porch to hold onto a top on a not too windy day!