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 - skalabara.com

 

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 - skalabara.com

Add the borders and press seams open :

twister block layout with borders - skalabara.com

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 - skalabara.com

Here a cutting detail :

twister block cutting detail - skalabara.com

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 - skalabara.com

 

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.

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

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    • 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!
      Barbora

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  3. wombatquilts says:

    Very cool. How much wastage is there?

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    • 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.

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

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  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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