I've seen the Lil Twister quilts showing up all over blogland. I left a comment on Diane's blog about her quilt, and she wrote me a nice email with a lot of helpful information as well as some links that show these quilts and the technique. The quilt takes 36 charm squares. I used part of a charm pack and cut some of my own fabrics. One of the sites I visited had sewn a 3 inch border around the outside of the charm squares before they cut the twister blocks. Here is how the quilt started.
Then I used the ruler and cut out the windmill shapes. The fabric looks a bit like swiss cheese after you cut out all of the shapes for the quilt.
The pieces that are left are nearly 2 1/2" square and could be cut down and used in a pieced border or put into your scrap container for later.
Here are the finished quilt blocks on my design wall. I know it's another UFO, but I just couldn't resist. This would make a cute - but bright - table topper. I'm thinking more that this would be a nice center for a donation quilt for Project Linus.
Thanks to Judy L at Patchwork Times for hosting Design Wall Monday. You can see what others are working on by clicking on the link.
I hope you are finding time to spend stitching in your sewing rooms today. Happy stitching!