Oct 6, 2012
Twistin' the night away---twistin'.............EDITED!
We are using some elements of a quilt we saw on anna lena land as inspiration. I also ordered the Spooktacular Row quilt kit from Connecting Threads as I needed the fabric. The pattern is gravy! I like the cats face row and the candy corn row the best so they will probably be used in my version. You can see some of the fabrics from the kit in the twister block starts above. OR if you want to see the kit contents or the quilt out flat, click on the see more images, view the kit contents on the spooktacular link.
I also took a piece of acrylic templates I had from an old Pandora set--the square that measured 3 1/2 inches and marked the lines on scotch tape as suggested in this link on the quiltingboard site. Pat was telling us this morning that someone had cut 8 inch squares and then transferred the angles of the Lil Twister ruler to their 6 1/2 inch square ruler to make a smaller version than the 10 inch. You really just need to establish the same angles in the line placements. Bet it works pretty well.
I found this Trip Around the World tutorial twister version this morning----I love this idea!! Here is the link---http://www.conniekresin.com/2011/10/worldly-lil-twister-quilt-and-giiveaway.html All kinds of cool ideas out there!
TWO TWISTER TIPS
Carole from my Friendship Quilters group is the one that gave the group these two suggestions when she walked us through doing the little Christmas in July twister wall hanging.
1) Put a dot of fingernail polish or something similar on the upper right of the ruler so you will not mess up the orientation of the cuts when you move across and down the seam lines to cut.
2) Consider getting a cutting turntable to help with that last cut. Normally I can get around three sides fairly easily but you are going to feel like a contortionist at some point. Turn the mat instead of YOU.
I just butted up the regular Big Mama ruler against where the twister had been and cut from the right side as always BUT Connecting Threads had a 40% off tool sale and that price while still more than I really wanted to pay, was more reasonable for this thing. It has helped for cutting some of my FWIS blocks already so I guess I made an investment in ME---and more poor aching lower back.
Well, I am off to cut and then sew. I'll post the after pictures in a bit.