This is a pile of leftover Kaleidoscope wedges from a demo I did with the last class. I dug them out because I wondered if they would work on a project I wanted to start. One of the blogs I read is nifty quilts. Click here and go see what she has on her design wall and then I'll explain where these wedges come into the picture.
I have the same book as she has so I could go to it to see the inspiration quilt. I emailed her and asked if she was strip piecing and cutting wedges. I knew most people doing this pattern are piecing it one strip at a time on paper like she said she is doing. I figured if you need 8 wedges alike why not strip piece it, cut it with a Kaleidoscope ruler and add it on all in one chunk. She encouraged me to write a blog post about my idea.
I photocopied it in black and white so I could draw the seam lines with a red pen to see how the pattern evolves. Then since my wedges were already made I had to work backwards for the measurement of the center piece between 2 wedges. I cut a square I thought would be a finished size and and cut it corner to corner both directions (for 4 triangles) and then drew the center piece in and added the seam allowances and then cut it out.
I have it almost right. I went to the basement and got my black and white leftover scraps from a Strips n Curves quilt and pieced onto them and then cut out the shape. I need a tiny bit more seam allowance so that means it's a little too small. I will probably just make a small quilt from the wedges I have and use a totally different group of fabrics if I make the real quilt. The planning and figuring out is the fun (and sometimes frustrating) part.