Thursday, June 23, 2011
Twister Block Tutorial
This is my tutorial for the Twister Block also called the Kansas Twister. I saw this is Judie Rothermel's book Aunt Grace's Scrapbag. She used templates. I only use templates as a last resort! I used so many templates when I first started quilting that I really don't like them much. So I looked at the template and thought of using a strip set for this block. Super fast, fun and easy!
First cut 2 strips 1.5 inches x WOF (width of fabric)
Next sew them right sides together and press toward the printed material (twister blade).
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Now you will need to make a ruler out of thick cardboard (this is not a template LOL) Make a 60 degree triangle. I just laid one edge of my card board on the dotted tringle line on my cutting mat, then lay your ruler on corresponding opposite dotted line. Cut. Then cut 2.5 inches away from the point of the triangle.
Now lay your triangle on the strip set. I keep the printed piece on the bottom and the white piece on top. You want your triangle tips to be white ( or the background fabric if not using white).
Now cut on both side of your ruler (cardboard triangle). Slide your ruler and cut again.
Until you have six triangles with white tips. Save your other triangles for a reverse twister.
Lay your pieces out like this.
Sew your block together like this. These 2 first. Press towards the print.
Sew the next piece onto the unit like this.
Now make a bottom unit just like the top unit you just made. Pressing always toward the print.
Now sew the top and bottom units together. Press open the center seem so that it will lay flat. If you pressed toward the print then your seams will meet together perfectly.
Make a reverse twister with the extra triangles. Don't they look cute? Like little birdies!