a start---twisting without a twister ruler
I can get one more in the box, maybe two so I'll keep knitting in the evenings. I'll run out of yarn about the same time that I run out of "box"
I hesitate to show you this mess as it really doesn't look like much yet. I am going for that scalloped shape that I showed yesterday pinned to the design wall.
So I un-sewed and played with placement a little bit but not as much as I could have. Some of it could be kept intact. It is all pinned to the piece of interfacing to keep in in place until I can get it to the sewing machine. I am going to sub out that zig zag green though for a less obnoxious print though before I call it quits for the night. Just decided that, LOL.
Since I am using bits that were cut were sewn and then cut with the twister ruler, I found that I had to go to my EQ file and sort of plan to sew this in a more conventional manner if I wanted to cut some other fabrics for fill or cut more of the small blades of background. I would have to make a template and cut with all the pieces right side up so the thing would not be spinning backwards!. A plus is that the pieces are cut on straight of grain now while a twister ruler is not.
Anita Solomon Grossman shows a way to draw this up on her blog called "no waste windmill" for her book Rotary Cutting Revolution. However, hers are larger than what I need . I also don't think I could confidently cut through 8 layers of fabric either but it is worth a look, especially if you want to do twisters in other sizes. Somewhere in between the large twister and the Lil Twister might be nice. There is a way AND with less waste.
ALSO you need to go look at my friend at alefthanded quilter's blog post and tutorial on this especially if you are a left hander. She takes a look at Grossman-Solomon's method and makes it far more easy to understand than I am doing. Here you go! She cut hers with a ruler. (I made a template just to be sure)
One template for the whole block---I know it doesn't look like they are all the same size necessarily but they are. To make a template I print it off in EQ, rubber cement that to a piece of EZ extra thick template plastic and then cut out the shape. Then I put a bit of rubber cement on the back of it too and let dry to get it a bit tacky so it won't slip while I am cutting. BUT I do NOT cut around the template plastic but rather butt my ruler up against it and rotate my mat.
I invested in a small rotating mat when they had them 40% off at Connecting Threads---great investment, I found, when I was working on those small sampler blocks. Works good for this. I could not find any of that heavy template plastic here locally but I ordered that from Create For Less as there is a price break for 5 which should last a good long time. They used to carry it at Walmart in 8 1/2 x 11 sheets like paper, but no more. Hobby Lobby didn't have it either---believe me, I checked first. Joann's and Hancock's mean a trip to Birmingham or Douglasville, GA. No thanks.
The floor is a mess but I am not cleaning it up tonight mainly because the vacuum cleaner kills my back and it is already a bit sore. Still, how can you be creative and not make a mess? Draw in EQ maybe, knit, embroider--maybe anything but quilt, cut and sew. I feel a little better after at least making a start on my project. I've got a ways to go but that's okay too. The next blades on both sides will be less packed with piecing as I fly by the seat of my pants a bit. That is normally my friend Cher's preferred methodology but I'll see how it goes, LOL.