Loose Threads: Let's Twist Again

Monday, April 4, 2011

Let's Twist Again

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! 

17 comments:

Linda said...

I love your little twister quilt. Really pretty. I love that it makes such i cool lookig design! I have that ruler too, but have not tried it. I think I'll make a baby quilt using the technique.

Barb said...

This is so fun, love your twister, I just sent mine to my niece so she can try it out.

Manoli C. said...

LuAnn I love your little quilt, it is so bright...
The quilt red and white of your grandmother it's gorgeous!!!

¡Enjoy your day and your sewing!

Karen said...

I really like the before, but I love the after!

Maria said...

Your little twister is just gorgeous.

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

Your twister is so happy! Love the colors!

sophie said...

I am rarely swayed by specialty rulers and quilters gadgets, but I loved the twister quilts I was seeing ... and had to have one of those rulers ;-)

Your quilt looks great.

Hanne said...

Cute quilt - they are fun to do :-) Have a nice trip tomorrow!

Staci said...

Love your colorful twister quilt! I bought one several months ago and haven't even unwrapped it, let alone tried it out--oops! Makes me wish I could stop and play with it right now.

Jennifer said...

I made one of these a few months ago and had a good time - really like the fabrics you chose for yours.

Rabid Quilter said...

Thanks for linking my blog! Coincidentally, I've been in my sewing room today using a Layer Cake to make the larger version of the Lil' Twister. I found you need a 7 1/2" template with lines crossing from 1 1/2" in. I just cut paper that size and draw the lines on them then lay a 9 1/2" ruler on top of them to cut. Not as easy as if I'd bought the ruler but it turned out GREAT!! You'll see it on DWM next week.

Jeanne said...

What a cute quilt! I hope you'll have it at the retreat.

Diane said...

That is so cute! I have been fighting the urge to buy one of those rulers. I really really need to stay focused and finish up at least 17 of the projects I have started in the past week. I am very ADD. :) Maybe I will ask for one of these rulers for my birthday.

Linda said...

Cute quilt. I won one of these from Barb and I've made one too. These are fun to do but also time consuming. I like what it looks like after it's finished. I've only tried the little one. I saw the bigger size at the quilt show but didn't purchase it. I kick myself now but I'll find it again...I love little gadgets or tricks like this. I like the black border on yours.

scraphappy said...

So cute, I've seen this technique a couple of times now and your quilt makes me want to try it. Maybe someday.....:)

Mama Pea said...

I love that! Wow! How amazing that looks! So different. That's really neat! I would love to learn more about it.

Trudy Wells said...

Hi Luann

Nice little tesselating quilt. Where do you find the directions to do this. Curious. Lovely pictures from the retreat. Wish I could have gone. I feel left out this year.
Trudy

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