How to use the new Tiles I Template Mini-Pack

We’re excited to introduce our new Tiles 1 Template Mini-Pack!  The shapes in this mini-pack are specifically designed to be tiled rather than stand on their own.  This is a little different than all of our previous template shapes, so let’s go over the special features in Kaleidoscope Kreator 3 that you’ll need to preview and create tiled designs.

1. Choosing a template shape.
Click on the Template Shape Selector button in the Kaleidoscope Kreator tool bar. The Tiles 1 templates will be the last set of templates (as of this point in time) because they are listed alphabetically. To make it easier to find the template shapes, you might want to check the box next to Tiles 1 in the list of template packs. As always, double-click on the one you want to select it. For this example I’ll choose the Tile 3 (16) template shape.
Choose a Tile shape

Choose a Tile shape

Quilting Arts TV taping with Sarah Vedeler

Many months ago, Sarah Vedeler & I decided to do a joint project for Quilting Arts TV Series 900. It seemed like a great idea at the time, but of course we didn’t start thinking about it until a month ago when both of our schedules had really filled up! Nevertheless, we found ourselves traveling to Cleveland this past Sunday for a taping on Monday.

I somehow managed to convince myself that it only took an hour to get to the airport, so I was running a little late by the time I got to Denver International Airport. Unfortunately, that meant I didn’t have as much time to see the art exhibits in the airport as I would have liked, but I was able to snap some quick photos. The Shadow Happy installation by Brianna Martray in the walkway to Concourse A was amazing – 10,000(!) origami cranes that appeared to be swooping around the pillars along each side of the walkway.

Shadow Happy exhibit

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Blossoms Table Runner: A sample project for our new Blossoms Template Mini-Pack

I’ve been having way too much fun with our new Blossoms Template Mini-Pack which adds fifteen new shapes to transform your photos into fun flower designs. So I put together a project to inspire you to give them a try!

Blossoms Table Runner

The table runner started with the following photo. If you click on the photo below, it will bring up a window with the full-size image that you are welcome to download for your own use.  Just right-click on the larger image and choose “Save Image As” to save it to your hard drive.

Original photo used to make table runner

Original photo used to make table runner

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Just in Time for Spring: New Blossoms Mini-Pack

Blossoms Template Mini-PackWe’ll be unveiling our brand-new Blossoms Template Mini-Pack at the AQS Quilt Show in Paducah this week.  Stop by our booth in the Pavilion (#4202) and be the first to see our latest fun mini-pack for Kaleidoscope Kreator 3.

After a long, dreary winter I was ready to see some springtime flowers, so I decided to create my own with this new collection of flower shapes.  The cool thing is that you can make kaleidoscope flower designs from a photo of just about anything – I just look for bright colors and interesting textures, and let KK do the rest. ;)

If you can’t make it to Paducah, the Blossoms Template Mini-Pack will be available in our online store shortly after the show, so stay tuned! Meanwhile, here are some of the designs I’ve created with the new templates to whet your appetite: continue reading…

More Kaleidoscope Pendants

After my last blog post, someone asked if it would be possible to use fabric rather than photo paper to make the resin pendants.  I knew it was possible to embed fabric in the cast pieces, but I wanted to embellish the fabric with stitching and make domed pieces rather than cast.  After a few “learning experiences”, I think I’ve figured out a way to do this – and I absolutely love the results!

Stitched PendantsHere are some tips to make these pendants. I assume you already know how to make the kaleidoscopes in Kaleidoscope Kreator and how to print on fabric. I am using the Little Windows resin and you can find instructions for the doming technique on their site.

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Kaleidoscope Pendants

While in Houston at International Quilt Festival, one of our customers turned me on to a great product called Little Windows.  It’s an easy way to turn photos into jewelry, but I immediately thought of using kaleidoscopes instead of photos.

I can’t tell you how much fun I’ve been having the past few days making some pendants with our new Template Mini-Packs!  I’ve already used up the resin in the starter kit I purchased and ordered more.

Just a few of the kaleidoscope pendants that I've made using the Little Windows starter kit.

1 inch cast pendant. Design made with KK3 and Snowflakes Mini-Pack.

The resin is truly low-odor (though I still wear a mask as a precaution when using it since I plan on making a bunch of these for gift giving, i.e. greater potential for chemical exposure.) I won’t go into detail on how to use the resin since that process is explained quite well on the Little Windows website, but I’ll give you some hints as to how to size & cut out the kaleidoscopes.

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Troubleshooting KK3: Why can’t I see the shape of my kaleidoscope?

Every so often we get questions sent to Technical Support that take a while to figure out. We had a good one today that I thought I’d share here on the blog because there are a couple of good tips in the answer.

A customer wanted to start with this photo:

Original photo

and end up with a kaleidoscope printed like this (specifically so that she could see where to cut along the scalloped edge):

Desired result (simulated in Photoshop)

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Snowflake Cards: A sample project for our new Snowflakes Template Mini-Pack

We’ve just returned from International Quilt Market/Festival in Houston and are finalizing everything needed to make our new Template Mini-Packs available by the end of the week via our online store.

To whet your appetite for just a couple more days, I thought I’d post a project made with the Snowflakes Mini-Pack. These cards are incredibly easy to make, but oh-so-stunning!  (Of course, you could make these with the new Filigree template shapes as well.) continue reading…

Filigree Pillow: A sample project for our new Filigrees Template Mini-Pack

Since we will be introducing our new template mini-packs at International Quilt Festival in Houston this week, I thought I would post a project (with instructions) that I made using the new Filigrees Mini-Pack to whet your appetite.

As a reminder, the Filigrees Mini-Pack will be available for purchase via our website on November 12, 2010.  (We’ll send out an e-mail and post to Facebook as a reminder when it is available.)

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Eye of the Quilter

I’m very excited to have two of my photos hanging in the Eye of the Quilter exhibit at International Quilt Festival this year. The theme for the exhibit this year is “Reflections” and we were asked to write a statement to accompany the photos explaining “how the image is used in your reflection as a quilter.”

It is always a thrill to see my work hung among other amazing artists and the exhibit this year is fantastic!  If you are here in Houston for International Quilt Festival, be sure to spend some time at this special exhibit.  You are sure to gain inspiration not only from the photos themselves, but also the artists’ statements.

Here are my two photos that are hanging in the exhibit:

As a photographer, I am always on the lookout for the "perfect light". But it's not so much the light itself as it is the way objects reflect that light that makes it so special.

"The Bean" in Chicago is a fascinating study of reflections. The view from ground level is completely different than the view from an upright position - a good reminder to always look for a unique perspective in the design process.