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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 posted a few days ago that I was planning on making some Quilts of Valor blocks for Sew Cal Gal’s QOV challenge (as I can’t tie up my sewing machine doing my quilting while trying to shepherd DD through quilting her first big quilt ever).

I wanted to use my GO! to make flying geese units.  I have the 4 7/8″ triangle as well as the 3″ finished triangle, so it should have been easy.

And it was…only I discovered that the 4 7/8″ triangle die also makes a great 6″ (finished) hourglass block!  It was so quick and easy to cut the pieces out.  The die is arranged so that you can take a strip of fabric, fold it in 4ths (across the WOF) and get 8 triangles (with the straight of grain along the long side).

So in just a couple of minutes I’d cut out enough triangles for 4 12″ blocks.  No fiddling or funky measurements.  When sewing, no lining up tips, or marking sewing lines.  Great fun!

To go back to my original flying geese concept, I’ve got to tell you about my favorite way to make them in any size I need – it’s the no-waste method.  It’s from the patch pieces website, and has been around forever.  Fill in the blanks based on the size you need, trust that it works, and get sewing!  I have to add the trust part…because when you’re at the step where there’s a big half square triangle with two little half square triangles hanging off it, it’s hard to see the geese coming…but they will…

Now it’s time to pack it up and head off to the post office – blocks don’t have to be mailed until the 20th, but I’m heading in that direction anyways…

Deb

I do the newsletter for one of my guilds.  This means that I am the first person to get to see all the latest news and goings on for the quilt guild.  Well, this month the president sent out a call for 12.5″ patriotic quilt blocks to support the local Quilts of Valor (QOV) group. 

The timing was great.  I’d already pulled all my patriotic fabric out – I’d been collecting for years, but never really got around to making one.  The meeting was late in the month – I had three full weeks between getting the call to arms – or sewing machines – and the guild meeting.

So I took on the challenge.

I pulled out my trusty AccuQuilt GO!, and the tumbler die.  I started cutting fabric – and before I knew it I had cut more than 100 tumblers out of red, blue, and an off-white with stars.  Laying it out on the floor and measuring it, as well as consulting the QOV website, I figured out that I had more than enough to do one quilt.  90 tumblers, laid out 9×10, with a 6″ (finished) border got me to a quilt top that measured 58×72.  (72 for sure; the 58 may be off by an inch or so)

I had fabric left, lots of it.  I had leftover tumblers, and just enough border fabric for another top.  I mean, exactly enough fabric – I would have less than 2″ when I was done.  It was meant to be.  So I cut more tumblers, out of two one-yard cuts of patriotic fabric.  This time I knew how many I needed – 30 each of blue, white, and red.  One more top – check.

Well, the fabric for the border was gone, but I still had fabric left.  Lots of it, in red, white, blue, and prints.  90 tumblers later, with a different border fabric –

Now, I still had scraps, and 48 hours until the meeting.  What’s a quilter to do?  Make blocks, which was the original request, anyways.  I ran out of time before I ran out of fabric!  The tumbler blocks are made from AccuQuilt’s small tumbler, which is 3.5″ tall.  24 of them, once trimmed, will make a 12″ finished block.  The other blocks are made of 1.5″x4.5″ (cut) strips from the leftovers.  For the record, those, too, were cut with my trusty Accuquilt GO!

Next up?  Avignon, from the Moda Bake Shop, for my sister’s new baby.  I have the fabric picked, washed, and ironed.  I have the AccuQuilt dies to cut it, as well, so it should go together pretty easy.

Deb

I have an unnamed quilt.  I have no idea what it should be called.  I have no idea what the pattern is.  I’m sure that I’ve not invented something new, but I’ve never seen a pattern for this quilt. 

I saw a quilt on flickr that just struck me.  There was nothing but a picture there; it had been posted by the longarmer who quilted it, so even following back to the blog got me nothing but closeups of quilted feathers.  In the time honored tradition of quilters everywhere, I copied it.  I had one yard of fabric to use for the sashing/border, and calculated the rest from there.  It ended up being really easy – 3″ finished squares joined into larger squares and rectangles, surrounded with the largest sashing I could eek out of my 1 yard of fabric.  The quilt I copied was probably made with a 5″ charm pack sewn together with sashing.

I ended up with a fun, bright quilt that’s the opposite of what I usually do.  (I generally like the dark frame that a darker sashing or border gives.)  But I like it!

This quilt is for sale on etsy.

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About Aspen Hill

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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