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

new quilt – new colors

The week is nearly over and I have started working on a new quilt. No new design, just new colors. All are from the Kona Solids collection.

picnic colors 1 - skalabara.com

I am very proud of my new rotary cutter with a tulip design. And I have also got a brand new cutting mat. I have had the old one for many, many years and it is not anymore in a perfect shape. But I can still use it when cutting the quilt sandwich and trimming it to shape before adding the binding. So that all the batting fluff stays in the old cutting mat.

sewing room 4 - skalabara.com

Chain piecing on my Bernina:

chain piecing - skalabara.com

chain piecing pile - skalabara.com

We have some extremely warm days here on the Costa Blanca, on Sunday the weather is back to normal and maybe with some rain – exactly the right conditions for a sewing day!

Have a wonderful weekend, thanks for stopping, Barbora

 

fire & ice quilt finished

It’s done : Fire & Ice quilt is finally finished! I have “cheated” a bit with the quilting. The last few quilts were in free-motion technique. So this time I decided to work with the walking foot. The wave or serpentine is a standard stitch on the Bernina 440. Never tried before, but I have seen some quilts with this finishing and I thought this would break the strict geometrical pattern.

fire & ice

fire & ice detail

fire & ice backing

fire & ice binding

The finished size is 60″ x 84″. I just love the blue tulips backing fabric from Fabric Freedom.

Happy quilting, Barbora

last week update

This time more a photo post without many words.

  • Eastern in Spain is a very traditional church festivity with many processions and celebrations all over the country. Here a few pictures taken at our local village.

 

  • Kate’s version of the Fire & Ice quilt pattern

kate's - fire & ice

 

  • Spring is in the air

cercis siliquastrum

 

 

  • I have finally made my choice of color, fabric and thread for my Skill Builder BOM

SB BOM 3

 

That’s all for this time, Barbora

 

 

 

 

fire & ice quilt is getting into shape

In my last post I introduced the fire block. Now it is time to have a look on the ice block.

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The colors are cool, reminding of floating icebergs near the poles.  This block put together with pieces from 2 different log cabin or better said courthouse steps block. I have finished the top, now I am waiting for the batting to arrive. In the meantime I have time to decide what kind of fabrics I shall take for the backing. Should I stick to the solids or get a fabric with a bright pattern?

fire & ice quilt top

Anyway, I am happy with the result. This was my very first time that I worked entirely with solids. It was a pleasure selecting the colors, Kona solids are available in so many wonderful shades and hues.

I have also finished one more MINI pattern :  Happy Birthday Quilt for this little couch throw.

In the meantime I shall work on a baby quilt – looking forward to work on something smaller!!

Thanks for stopping, Barbora