Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Twist and ...give your head a shake!

This past week-end I started working on a Lil Twister small quilt as part of the Twist Along .
For some reason I had this per-conceived idea of how this Lil' Twister ruler was supposed to work....

I dutifully started cutting into my quilt...
all of the blocks were cut out...
 Now, if you have done the Twister quilt before, you know what to do.
I, on the other hand, only thought I knew what to do.
I pulled, stretched and twisted this poor carcass until I was almost screaming.
Only then did I read Sharon's instructions..:-).
Give your head a big shake Patti!!!!!!!!!!!
So, I had a good laugh at myself and proceeded to do it properly.
Isn't it amazing how well something goes together when you do it right!
TA DA!
  It does seem to waste a lot of fabric though, I must say. 
I did cut off the little 2.5" squares from the carcass and saved them, so maybe not any more wasteful than other things. 
Not quite the end of my saga though...
I did manage to scorch the poor thing as well...
 hadn't ever done that before!
So I went to the internet to see how to fix this, and for the most part it looks okay.
Probably only I would notice it now.
It is quite small as it is - 21x24 , so I haven't decided if I will just bind it or add borders first.
Lesson well learned this week-end! 
 


7 comments:

Heather D. said...

Cool!! I've never seen this before and can't quite wrap my head around, but neat results! I, too, don't like projects that waste a lot of fabric though. That would be the downside I guess. But the results are awesome.

Janine said...

I hate wasting fabric too but I love your finished result. I can't imagine how you made it - I'll try looking at your QAL link :)

Cindy said...

Awesome!

piecemealquilts said...

I'm really torn about the Twister. I love the way it looks, but I rigged up my own template (I'm super cheap!) and tried one, and I got so fed up with the process I stopped with a mini. I like the way yours turned out, though! You're a better person than I - I threw away the carcass without saving the salvageable bits.

Annie said...

I made my first twister a couple of weeks ago. I used the carcass as a border with a few extra cut squares. I think you know I didn't really enjoy the cutting out of the blocks part very much. But I love the look that results. Your mini is eye candy!

Helen said...

Gorgeous quilt! I didn't join the Twister Quilt Along but came upon it at just the right time as I was just about to make my first twister quilt. I'm just putting the binding on now and I'm so happy with the finished quilt. I have cut out all of the leftover squares and trimmed them to 2" square and made them into a Mug Rug. I am currently cutting into the leftover borders so I can use them as a border on the Mug Rug. So really no waste at all! I only have the Lil Twister ruler but I'm thinking of treating myself to the big Twister ruler at the next Craft Show.
Happy Sewing!

Sana Saroti said...

Hey Patty, sorry about the teaser! Didnt mean to! I will write about it soon. I love the twister! Your story made me laugh. Thanks! You can take it to another level by adding a new border and doing the twister again! Just saw that in my latest quilt magazine ;-) Feeling fancy?

7 comments:

Heather D. said...

Cool!! I've never seen this before and can't quite wrap my head around, but neat results! I, too, don't like projects that waste a lot of fabric though. That would be the downside I guess. But the results are awesome.

Janine said...

I hate wasting fabric too but I love your finished result. I can't imagine how you made it - I'll try looking at your QAL link :)

Cindy said...

Awesome!

piecemealquilts said...

I'm really torn about the Twister. I love the way it looks, but I rigged up my own template (I'm super cheap!) and tried one, and I got so fed up with the process I stopped with a mini. I like the way yours turned out, though! You're a better person than I - I threw away the carcass without saving the salvageable bits.

Annie said...

I made my first twister a couple of weeks ago. I used the carcass as a border with a few extra cut squares. I think you know I didn't really enjoy the cutting out of the blocks part very much. But I love the look that results. Your mini is eye candy!

Helen said...

Gorgeous quilt! I didn't join the Twister Quilt Along but came upon it at just the right time as I was just about to make my first twister quilt. I'm just putting the binding on now and I'm so happy with the finished quilt. I have cut out all of the leftover squares and trimmed them to 2" square and made them into a Mug Rug. I am currently cutting into the leftover borders so I can use them as a border on the Mug Rug. So really no waste at all! I only have the Lil Twister ruler but I'm thinking of treating myself to the big Twister ruler at the next Craft Show.
Happy Sewing!

Sana Saroti said...

Hey Patty, sorry about the teaser! Didnt mean to! I will write about it soon. I love the twister! Your story made me laugh. Thanks! You can take it to another level by adding a new border and doing the twister again! Just saw that in my latest quilt magazine ;-) Feeling fancy?