twister tool tested

Whilst searching the internet where to buy a ruler for Dresdner Plate blocks, I stumbled over Lils Twister Tool. The quilts made with the twister caught my eye and I couldn’t resist not to order this simple, but effective tool to make pinwheels. I was always happy with my standard rectangular and square rulers, so I never looked for something else. I found a nice tutorial at Quilting Linda for a Christmas wreath block made with the twister tool and I really liked it. So last week my parcel from Creative Grids finally arrived and I have worked on some blocks. I am aware, that all quilts made with the twister are easy to recognize, but the design is so outstanding (at least for me) that it doesn’t bother me. Here the two blocks : a Christmas wreath and a block using fabrics by Kaffe Fassett :

twister block different layouts -


Fabric requirements for the Kaffe Fassett block, finished size 18″ x 18″ :

  • 12 green 5″ square
  • 12 red 5″ squares
  • 1 yellow 5″ square
  • 4 strips 3,5″ wide in yellow for the border (Kona Solid Corn Yellow)

Here the first step : arrange your 5″ squares as desired, piece and press all seams open.

twister block layout -

Add the borders and press seams open :

twister block layout with borders -

Now we need the twister tool. It comes with a good explanation how to use it. Top left you can see the “newly” cut squares with the pinwheel effect.

twister block cutting -

Here a cutting detail :

twister block cutting detail -

Place the cut squares in the same order as cut and you can automatically see the pattern. Piece once more and that is it!

Here my Christmas wreath, size 27″ x 27″ – a table runner or wall hanging :

twister wreath -


Have nice weekend and thanks for stopping, Barbora

9 comments on “twister tool tested

  1. Wanda Dotson says:

    Have you seen the Witches hat for Halloween? I made it and it’s super cute.


  2. I have rulers but have never used them. Yours look great. Guess I need to give it a go.


    • skalabara says:

      Hi Melanie, thanks for stopping. Yes, give it a go, try a smaller block and maybe you’ll end up making an entire quilt!


  3. wombatquilts says:

    Very cool. How much wastage is there?


    • skalabara says:

      There is wastage. From the border you can’t really save anything. All square rests from the center go into my 2″ scrap box for future projects.


  4. It’s a lovely block and I love the bright colours. Would all of the off-cuts be usable?


  5. Laura Lynn says:

    What a lovely design. I’m going to show this to my sister (hint hint) and maybe she’ll make one for our Christmas decorations.


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