Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Tools Tuesday . . . . .

So for this Tuesday I just grabbed the ruler that was on top of my research stack.  

It's the Starmaker 8, designed by Kaye Wood.

I bought this ruler at least 5 years ago, at the Paducah AQS Quilt show, after seeing a demonstration by Kaye Wood herself.  I was very new to quilting and I must have been impressed by something this ruler could make, but I don't remember now what it was!

So I went to www.kayewood.com to see if I could figure out what to do with this ruler.  I had high expectations because the ruler has markings for dresden plate fans, a 4 and 8 piece wedge (I have no idea what that means!), and Kaleidoscope.  Plus it's called the Starmaker so I figured it would be used to make some sort of star.

Here is what the website said about the Starmaker 8,

 "The Starmaker® 8 will make perfect 8-pointed stars, that's what the 8 means. But, it is also a master template for many quilt patterns such as fans & wedges, Dresden Plates, diamonds, chevrons, stars and Seminole. It also has 3 different angles, identified by the numbers 4, 8 and 16."

Sounds pretty good to me, however, this is the only instructions I could find on the site that were free, and I found them lacking.

There were patterns, books and a DVD available for purchase from the website that would use this ruler.  I didn't see anything that appealed to me or motivated me to part with any more of my money.

So unless someone leaves a comment telling me what a wonderful tool the Starmaker 8 is, it's not going back into my tools drawer.

Added later

Thanks so much for all the helpful comments on the Kaye Wood Starmaker 8 ruler.

I found a video on Youtube that used the Starmaker 8 ruler that explained how to make a topless triangle and using that piece how to make a wall hanging - click here

I also found information that the ruler could be used to make flying geese and a kaleidoscope block, but could not find any information on how to do so.

I don't see any reason for me to ever use this ruler in the future so it's not going back into my tools drawer.  

I'll try to pick a ruler next week where I actually make something, the purpose of these Tuesday posts is for me to learn something new and share it with you, not tell you about my poor purchase decisions.  But I do feel better knowing I'm not the only person who owns the Starmaker 8 but has no idea how to use it.  That must be some demo, to talk so many of us into buying it!


  1. It turns out that I have a Starmaker 8 also - I never noticed the name. I use mine for cutting right angles, especially when cutting a single square patch.

  2. Thelma, I am enjoying your Tuesday Tool feature. Good to see what others use and find invaluable in their day to day quilting, but also good to know I am not alone in the "caught up in the moment" purchases and then find myself wondering how in the world to use something, and what the heck am I keeping this for. Quilting, like so much else in life has it's tools and gadgets that seem to run a very short life span. Sorry I can't help you with this ruler...don't have one

  3. Go to YouTube and watch some of the how too's there are some for the starmaker 8.

  4. I follow quite a few quilting blogs and just wanted to say I never tire of seeing your red and white quilt on your background. It always puts a smile on my face. I am also enjoying your Tuesday tool feature. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Try YouTube they have a video for everything.

  6. Absolutely loving Tools Tuesday. Such a practical idea for a quilting blog. I hope more quilters jump on this bandwagon as independent reviews like this are very helpful. Thank-you.

  7. I'm like you and can't see the difference in this fancy tool or a 45-degree angle plain one I have to do 8-point stars, etc. I'm a gadget gal, but this isn't something I'm probably missing in my tools. Thanks for the review. XOXO

  8. Sorry Thelma...never heard of it before. Hopefully someone has more info to share!

  9. Good luck in getting some feedback on the advantages of this tool!

  10. Starmaker... doesn't that sound like the title of a cheesy movie about an unscrupulous talent-agent who lures young women into doing "whatever" with promises that he'll make them a movie star?

    Never heard of the ruler though I have heard of Kaye Wood. I agree with the others who suggest there just has to be a You Tube video for it... though if she's also selling videos and books, maybe not. (Just did a YouTube search and found a video that uses the Starmaker 8 to make a Kaleidoscope block. Uh... Note to Kaye: Using a block with a volcano center... bad idea.)

    Hey, Thelma, if I send you all the "mystery tools" in my drawer, will you test them for me? Then maybe you can tell me why I bought them. :)

  11. Hi.....I have some of those mystery tools too.....seemed like a good idea at the time LOL...On Kaye Woods site she has a long video demonstrating the Starmaker tools...I found it under the More Details on the Starmaker 8 on her products site.....hope this helps. Karen

  12. I'm glad I am not the only one that bought that and can't remember why. I finally put it in a garage sale and sold it. I hope it's new owner figured out what to do with it!


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