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I’m not a notion junkie.  I kind of surprised myself when I bought both of the twister rulers when my LQS had them on sale earlier this year.  But I knew I wanted to make another twister quilt and remembered what a pain it was to use the freezer paper template. And iron it on, and cut it out, and do it again, and again, and again.

I LOVE this ruler!  I was surprised to pull the rulers out of their packages and see that they had grippers on the bottom of them.  Those four little feet rock my world!  You have to cut all the way around the ruler without moving it.  You have to cut apart your quilt top.  Rotating that much yardage is hard.  Cutting around all four sides of something is hard.  But with these little feet, when I let go of the ruler so that I can move to make the last two cuts, it stays put!

I do have to admit that I have misplaced my directions for the large Twister ruler.  (I’m sure I’ll find them someday!)  So I went back to my Square Dance book, looking for advice on how wide to cut the outer borders.  Following the design guidelines for the Square Dance pattern, my outer border is probably 1/4″ narrower than it needs to be – I’m losing the outside corner every time I cut a block.  It’s OK, though, I’ll just trim the whole outside of the quilt down by a bit after I’ve sewn all the blocks together.

I’m lovin’ it up on my design wall – where it needs to stay until I sew it together.  It is a two colored twister, but each of those whites is a different white-on-white print and I would not want to have to match up every white pinwheel again if they got jumbled.

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I made a Square Dance quilt a long time ago, using brightly colored 6″ squares and a fun print border.  I’ve posted about it before – because while Twister quilts are popular, there aren’t many Square Dance books still around.

I got the Twister rulers, in both sizes, a month or so ago when they were on sale at my LQS.  I knew I was going to make another of these quilts some day.

Well, some day is now.  I was casting about in my quilt room for my next project.  Usually I’ve planned one or two ahead, but right now the decks are clear – charity cobblestones is done and gone, my Quiltlet is finished, and I’m not ready to quilt my kaliedoscope quilt yet.  Kickin’ Stash is in progress, but that’s a Featherweight project.

My eyes landed on a patchwork-y print without a plan, and I decided right then that this was going to be a Twister quilt.  At first I thought I’d mix it up with green, then I decided on white, with a black border.  Keeping it simple.  Wouldn’t you know it, I had just enough of the print to make 20 10″ squares, and I only needed 18 squares.   Sweet!  Then I went and picked out some random white-on-white prints from my stash to set with the print.  This is good – because a 5×7 set of 10″ blocks, with a 5″ plain black border all around, cut with the big twister ruler, should give me a quilt that’s 45×60 – a good size for just about anything.

The blocks are all set together after a night and an afternoon of cutting and sewing.  Tonight I’ll add the black border, then I’ll be ready for cutting!

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I’ve been wanting to make a brown, black, and tan quilt for months now.  I couldn’t figure out what I wanted it to be, however.  Simple and modern, for sure.  The pattern?  No idea.

Then I saw it.  The quilt I wanted to make, and it was HERE.  Scroll down, and there it is, on her design wall.  I was smitten.  I still haven’t figured out what the pattern is, or where she found it.  (Though I have one friend who said she’d seen it in a magazine.)

I cut, and cut, and cut some more, because this was to be a queen sized quilt for the local guild’s quilt auction.  Not having a pattern, I winged it, and decided that it had to be made from 2.5″ strips.  To make an 80×88 quilt, I needed to have 440 bricks that were 2.5×6.5, and 440 blocks that were 2.5×2.5.  That was lots and lots of cutting.  I tried using my AccuQuilt and the 2.5″ strip cutter, but ended up using my rotary cutter – I was dealing with scraps, and bits, and all sorts of odd-sized pieces so it was easier to just cut them with a ruler.

There’s most of the top, draped over the railing. Laying it out was a bit of a challenge.  I ended up using the queen-sized bed in the guest room, laying 75% of it out, then adding rows on at the end.

Basting it, oddly enough, went much quicker than I’d imagined.  I’d thought that using spray baste would be the thing for this big of a quilt, but I just ended up with wrinkles everywhere.  So I pulled it apart, pulled in my pinning table, and got started.  I was able to pin baste the whole thing in under 2.5 hours.  My pinning table is great for me – it’s about 40×50 without putting in a leaf, so I did have to shift this quilt a few times, but there are no wrinkles anywhere on it.

Because this quilt needed to be done quickly, and was for an auction that’s known for bargain-hunters, and I needed to do it on my home machine, I stipple quilted it.  Add some binding, my favorite part of the process, and I got it done with days to spare!

I love this quilt…however, I didn’t get to enjoy it much at all.  But that’s OK, because while I wanted to make a quilt in this color way and really love the quilt, it was never intended to stay with me.  I hope that its new owner loves it as much as I did!

Somehow I think I’ll be making this quilt again…it went together so easily, and makes such an interesting pattern.

I saw a picture of this design in a quilting catalog – Connecting Threads, I believe.  12 Birds in the Air blocks surrounding a medallion center.  Their design was a bit more traditional – dark birds on a lighter background.  Mine, not so much!  I love a good black and red quilt.

Now, I’m not one for big prints, but I happened to have this red fabric with black and not-quite-white flowers in it.  And I had exactly enough to make the quilt as shown in the magazine, if I sized it how I wanted it.  I pulled two black prints from the same line of fabrics (so they also had not-quite-white print).  Then I added four more black prints from my stash (that’s why we have it, right?) and I was good to go. 

Not the best picture, sorry!

I think this one is better.

The quilt finished to 48″ x 48″, nice and square.  I backed it in one of the coordinates, and quilting was inspired by the design – crosshatching in the center, curvy triangles in the black triangles, and a casual flower (inspired by the red print) in the big red triangles.

This quilt is for sale in my etsy shop.

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Welcome to Aspen Hill! I'm Deb. Quilter, lover of fabric. Fan of completed projects. Quilt Pattern Designer. My blog is my space where I get to share quilting, sewing, and other creative pursuits. Come back often!

You can find my quilts, doll clothes, and patterns on Etsy.



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