Friday, March 18, 2011

Lil' Twister

I love discovering new quilting tools and you can never have too many...never.  My newest discovery is the Lil' Twister rulers.  I bought the set of rulers and book for the guild and thought I would be a good president and test them out to make sure they are as good as they look :)   I am happy to report they are fantastic and can be use to create either a tesselation quilt or a four patch pinwheel quilt.  I thought I would try making the four patch pinwheel table runner first.  The rulers come in two sizes, one is used with Charm Square and the other is used with Layer Cakes.

I dug into my dwindling stash (it's really getting pathetic, I'm a disgrace to quilters everywhere) and found four batiks that I could cut into four 5" squares. Then I sewed them into a four patch.

Next I added a 3" border/background fabric with a high contrast.

Now to the fun part.....cutting.  Do you see a theme with my quilting choices lately?

You lay the lines on the Lil' Twister ruler on the seam lines and cut out the nine squares.

Keep cutting until your four patch looks like this.

The ruler is designed very well and has raise grippy feet so it doesn't move at all.
Now sew the 9 squares together, making sure they are in the same order as in the four patch and you'll get this pinwheel block.

Before and after.

You may be thinking there is a lot of waste but actually there isn't. If you used any other method to create this block I think you would use more fabric.

Here is my finished table runner....well almost finished, I still need to quilt it and have no idea what I'm going to do ( ...hey I just made it today afterall).  Tomorrow I'm putting new wheels on my longarm as the original wheels have been giving me some grief, looks like I have worn them out.  Imagine that :)  So I'm looking forward to a smooth gliding machine again.
I hope this little demo peaks the interest of the local guild members as we will be having an afternoon workshop in April on how to make a twin size quilt using the Twister ruler. That will be a different method using the larger ruler and that is all I'm saying!


  1. Your colors are fantastic. I'd love to find the information on the process. I'm going to MPQ tmorrow to join for the first time. Just moved to the city to be close to family. Also got back into quilting after a lenthy illness, so glad to be at the sewing machine. Love it

  2. Kathy you are such a good President! You encourage "thinking outside of the box" with your many creative quilting ideas. I really like this new runner design and can't wait to get a hold of the guild's Lil' Twister ruler. Might have to arm wrestle for it... ha ha! G

  3. G is right! There may be several arm wrestles!!! :)

    Will offering to share my stash give me an edge?

    Beautiful runner, Kathy!! E

  4. "E" I don't recall any batiks in your stashroom!! :)

  5. You may not have seen it all!! :) E

  6. Now your just scaring me 'E' :)

  7. Very nice..I love the touch of red in this runner. I am anxious to see how you quilt this.

  8. On closer inspection it looks more rust!!!

  9. Beautiful and nice new tool :)

  10. this could be another way to be totally addicted. I love this tool I used it for the first time this weekend and am now eyeing my scrap stash, I think there is going to be a quilt on the rise just from my scraps,
    your runner looks great!

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  12. Спасибо огромное за то, что показали такой замечательный и быстрый способ кроя!
    Смогла сшить матрасик в коляску для племянницы :)

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  14. Sorry: thanks, thanks, thanks!!. Uffff.

  15. Beautiful and nice new tool :)!

    Greetings from Germany,