kaleidoscope abcs
Kaleidoscope ABC's by Marti Michell
Kaleidoscope ABC's by Marti Michell
Kaleidoscope ABC's by Marti Michell
Kaleidoscope ABC's by Marti Michell
Kaleidoscope ABC's by Marti Michell
Kaleidoscope ABC's by Marti Michell
Kaleidoscope ABC's by Marti Michell
Kaleidoscope ABC's by Marti Michell
Kaleidoscope ABC's by Marti Michell
Kaleidoscope ABC's by Marti Michell
Kaleidoscope ABC's by Marti Michell
Kaleidoscope ABC's by Marti Michell

Kaleidoscope ABC's by Marti Michell

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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

About 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.


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