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TOPIC: KALEDISCOPE ADVICE - from those who have done this pattern.

Re: KALEDISCOPE ADVICE - from those who have done this patte 26 Jun 2010 10:58 #46986

I had trouble with this one too but not until I had it all sewn together. I ended up with a big tent in the middle and have no idea how to fix it. There is far too much fabric there to make it work and if I pull it apart and sew it back together it won't line up like it should. Any ideas on how I can fix this? It is absolutely beautiful and I'd love to finish it and hang it up.
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Re: KALEDISCOPE ADVICE - from those who have done this patte 26 Jun 2010 07:54 #46980

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There's a tip on the dvd about how to correctly line up two angular pieces when sewing the individual segments together. Remember that angular pieces won't line up exactly evenly along their edges but will be slightly offset creating a little dog ear that hangs off one end or the other. I personally had trouble with some of my pieces and when I'd open them up the edge of the wedge was not straight and I'd have to take out the seam, shift the pieces a little, and try again. Guess I'm not very good at visualizing the quarter inch overlap - on certain pairings I re-did them several times. I ended up sticking the templates back in place and marking all the corners with a little dot. Then when I put the pieces together I could match the dots and get them to line up properly. I bet your quilt is really beautiful! You can name it something like "Shattered Kaleidoscope" or "Monday Morning Kaleidoscope". Qlts2Slo
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Re: KALEDISCOPE ADVICE - from those who have done this patte 25 Jun 2010 16:26 #46948

Check at all levels for accuracy, begining with your drawn pattern. Were you consistant with your added 1/4 inch seam allowance and was it added every time to all sides of the template? Did you trim each finished wedge to match one of the remaining wedges from your pattern plus that 1/4 inch on both sides? Are you being careful to cut each repeat at the exact same angle on the strata?
Were your strata straight the entire length? Is your sewn seam allowance proper for the amount you added? Might be too wide or too narrow.If all else fails pray to the quilt gods for patience. Good luck, Enjoy. Betty Ann
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KALEDISCOPE ADVICE - from those who have done this pattern. 25 Jun 2010 10:24 #46938

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I do not know what I have been doing wrong but my center looks off and no amount of restitching is going to work... (Plan to applique over it before I sew the center.) My wedge was smaller than fabric when I sewed it together and nothing seems to line up along the EDGE OF THE WEDGE... When I sewed everything together the wedges seemed about 1/4 to 1/2 inch off allignement.... everything seems a little off... still beautiful but off.

Any ideas what I did wrong?
I plan to do this pattern again.... so I would like to avoid future problems.

Thanks for any input.

Lady Rags
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