Video tutorial: kaleidoscope quilt

Kaleidoscope quilt – one block wonder

Video tutorial: Kaleidoscope quilt - one block wonder - whack and stack

This is one of those things that looks so complicated but nothing could be further from the truth. And the quilts are amazing.

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.

If you like this technique and would like to make a quilt there’re lots of pattern books available.

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.

If you plan to cut at 60 degrees a lot you may consider investing in a 60 degree ruler.

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.

Video tutorial: kaleidoscope quilt - whack and stack - on block wonder

The background triangles are the same size as the hexagon triangles.

Video tutorial: kaleidoscope quilt - whack and stack - on block wonder

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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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9 thoughts on “Kaleidoscope quilt – one block wonder”

  1. For kaleidoscop quilts I love to see the fabric used. It would give me an idea of what will and won’t work. Thank you for your tutorials. I do love kaleidoscope quilts. And I do subscribe to your channel on YouTube.


  2. I love kaleidoscope blocks. I have one on the go right now that has been set aside because I’m not sure how to join them. The original pattern had squares between the hexies, but I like your triangles. Can you show us how you joined them with the triangles, please?


  3. Dorothy, the hexagons are sewn in halves. You add the triangles in between the halves to sew a strip. Then you join the strips of halves to complete the hexagon.


  4. Hi Dorothy, you can make them straight by filling in the gaps with a white hexagon and then just square the quilt.


  5. One Block Wonder Design Helper ( allows you to upload a picture of your fabric and see how it turns out. It’s both brilliant and free. Really helps for those of us (Me!) that are spatially challenged. And yes you can use your regular ruler, but the right tool for the job (as you note) is a 60 degree ruler which involves much less futzing about. To match my fabric I used dental floss. I made loops for either end to shake to fabric layers straight. I then used it with a needle, knotted on one end and passed through all of the layers. Cut the thread and tied the two tails into a secure square knot. It held everything together beautifully; not a nudge or budge. And no harm to your rotary cutter when cutting. Thanks for all of your tutorials.


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