By now, you've probably seen the Lil' Twister tool and possibly a book or two, right? Have you made one of these quilts yet though? I purchased the regular sized Twister tool a year or two ago along with a book and then I also bought the mini Twister, but I still hadn't made anything.
Then, on vacation, we started seeing different projects using the tool at some of the quilt shops we visited and I started thinking it would be fun to whip up a quick Halloween quilt. So I bought another Twister and a charm pack of Happy H"owl"-o-ween fabric (by Deb Strain).
I never did get around to it while we were away, but once I got home last weekend, that's what I did.
If you've never see how these are made, here's the basics: For the regular size tool, sew charm squares together. I used six squares across and six rows down. Keep the colors distinct; don't put any blocks with the same colors next to one another or the pinwheels won't really show up. Add a contrasting 3" border. (You can repeat the same fabric or color that you use in the border, but keep it inside so it doesn't touch the border.)
The tool has cross lines on it--you'll need to line those up with the seams where four blocks come together. (Or two blocks and then extending into the border as I've shown here.) Make sure to keep the tool tilted in the same direction each time.
With your rotary cutter, carefully cut around the Twister tool and move the squares onto a design wall, keeping them in the same order as they were originally sewn together.
Sew the new squares together, and a pinwheel pattern is formed. The books will tell you how to end up with different designs depending on color placement, sashing, borders, etc. Pretty fun!
To mine, I added a small center border and then a larger outside border. I think this will add some great "background" color as a Halloween tabletopper.
I can't imagine the brain that came up with this idea--it hurts mine to even try to think about how it works, although I can SEE that it does. Magic, I think!
So now I have two regular sized Twister tools. Since I only need one, I thought one of you might want to take one off my hands. Just leave me a comment telling me what's your favorite quilt-making tool and why and I'll enter you in the drawing. I'll pick a winner Monday night to be announced on Tuesday's blog post. Good luck!