Following up from my large batch of half square triangles (HST) video, here’s how you can use the same technique to create an optical illusion quickly and easily.
Just make a big batch of half square triangles and together with a bunch of squares you get this great looking piece of patchwork.
Learn how to make a 3D steps block:
If you like optical illusions, you’ll love the Tumbling blocks without Y seams video.
It’s so easy to make! Check this video out:
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This is one of those things that looks so complicated but nothing could be further from the truth.
To make a kaleidoscope quilt, you only need fabric with a large print and 6 print repeats. Each block is a hexagon and uses 6 triangles.
If you want to make it bigger, then get enough fabric for 12 print repeats or any number in multiples of 6.
You don’t really need a 60 degree ruler. Learn in 2 minutes how to use a regular ruler to cut 60 degree triangles before you start.
But first watch how easy it is to make this quilt.
How to make a kaleidoscope quilt
Learn in just 4 minutes:
I used just over 2 yards of fabric and got 44 blocks all together.
For the quilt I used 39 blocks and had 5 left over blocks.
The background triangles are the same size as the hexagon triangles.
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If you don’t have a 60 degree ruler
Not to worry, here is how to cut 60 degree triangles without special rulers:
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Learn to make this Hidden wells quilt block using 5 strips of fabric in 2 minutes:
- 1 red 1 3/4 x 10 inch strip
- 1 light green 2 1/2 inch x 10 inch strip
- 1 yellow 3 1/2 x 10 inch strip
- 1 light red 2 1/2 x 10 inch strip
- 1 dark green 1 3/4 x 10 inch strip
Unfinished block size
12 3/4 inch square.
Arranging the block
After the tutorial you get 4 pieces, two of each:
Repeat the tutorial
To make these blocks you need to make the tutorial twice and get 8 pieces that you’ll arrange into these 2 blocks: