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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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Many moons ago, at a one-day retreat, there was a mystery quilt.  The quilters cut, and sewed, and drew, and cut, and sewed.  It was the best mystery quilt ever.  (Usually they can figure it out…sew the block units in whatever order you want, but there are only so many blocks that use hourglass units, right?)

At the end there was a great reveal.  Everyone was in awe!  It was this great interlocking pinwheel quilt.  Those who had done it were in love.  Those who hadn’t done it were jealous.  “Where did you ever get this idea?” we asked.  (I was in the jealous camp.)  From a book – Square Dance by Martha Thompson.  This was quite a while ago… (For the record…everything was done with the author’s consent.)

How do I know it was quite a while ago?  Because I made my own Square Dance quilt.  The book – in it’s first edition – was out of print, so I haunted ebay and was able to come up with a copy after a while.  Then the project had to gel.  Then I started it!  It is a bit fiddly.  You lay out your squares, sew them together, mark them with a template, cut them apart (with scissors, no less!), and sew them back together again.

When was this?  2002.  This was the baby quilt that we said would make the baby hyper!  Said baby is now 8 3/4!

Diggin’ the fabric?  It’s all out of print.  (Though I keep getting flashbacks…the border fabric is used in one of the cover shots on McCall’s 5554 pattern for 18″ dolls…as knickers…)

The book you can put your hands on – it’s been re-issued with more current fabrics.  My first edition has some quilts where you have to…look beyond the fabric, I guess…to see the charm of the design.

Imagine my surprise when Twister quilts started showing up everywhere online?  “That’s Square Dance!” I said.  While I had to collect my squares one at a time, the pattern is great for charm packs.  And my template?  Freezer paper with pencil lines on it.  I would have killed for an acrylic template!

Deb

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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!

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