Guest Blogger: DIY Kaleidoscope Block!

Hey everybody! It’s Justin from Keaton Quilts back again for another fun quilting tutorial. Today, I’ll be using my Big Shot™ Plus and the Sizzix® Bigz™ L Die - Kaleidoscope, 6 1/2" Assembled  to make a cute quilt block.

Instructions:

The first step is to make a Sizzix “Sandwich.” Start with a Cutting Pad, and place the die on top, foam side up and slightly askew. Then stack two layers of linen, making sure to cover the cutting area of the smaller triangles. The two layers will give you the four corner pieces you will need for the block.

Place the second Cutting Pad on top, and your Sizzix “Sandwich” is complete!

It’s time to feed the “Sandwich” through the machine. Turn the handle until it’s all the way through the other side.

And just like that, we’ve got the first four pieces of the block.

Now, you’ll add two layers of two different prints to the top of the die, making sure to cover the larger triangle portions of the die. Make sure the die is slightly askew on the Cutting Pad.

Place the second Cutting Pad on top, and your next Sizzix “Sandwich” is complete.

Run the “Sandwich” through the machine, turning the handle until it’s all the way through the other side.

And just like that, you’ve got the remaining parts of the block (eight more triangles) all set to go.

Take one of each of the larger triangle prints, place them right sides together and place a clip at each edge of one of the longer sides.

Using a 1/4" seam, sew the two pieces together.

Roll open the seam.

Repeat the steps to make another joined triangle unit with the fabric positions reversed as pictured.

Place these two units right sides together, and place a clip at each end (as pictured). Use a 1/4" seam allowance to sew them together.

Roll open the seam.

Now you’ve got a unit of four joined pieces. Repeat the previous steps to make another of the same unit, reversing the positions of the prints so that when you sew the units together, the fabrics alternate.

Place the two units right sides together, and place a clip at each edge. Sew along the length using a 1/4" seam allowance.

Roll open the seam.

Now clip a linen triangle to the end of four alternating larger triangles. Sew together using a 1/4" seam allowance, making sure to remove each clip before it collides with the foot on your machine.

Roll open the four seams.

Tada, you’re done! You have a finished Kaleidoscope block.

This is the third tutorial in a series where I’m making blocks that will eventually all be combined into a sampler quilt of Sizzix blocks. You can find instructions for the Quarter Square Triangle Blocks and Drunkard’s Path Quarter Circle Block over at my blog.

I hope you’ll continue to join me for more quilting tutorials here on the Sizzix blog. If you’d like even more fun, visit me at Keaton Quilts.com or follow along with us on Instagram or Facebook for even more quilty adventures.

xoxo - Justin

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