Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Lil Twister Wreath

While visiting my new granddaughter Josie Dianne Liles, I saw the cutest little wall hanging at the quilt shop in Nevada, MO at Nine Patch Quilt Shop.  She, being the shop owner, shared the pattern with me.  I took the squares to a friends house this afternoon for our sewing get-together and put this together in less than 2 hours.  I didn't keep track of the time and was talking quite a bit so it may have taken way less than 2 hours. 

I forgot to photograph the original layout of the 5" squares before I started cutting it apart with the Lil Twister Ruler.  I was so anxious to see the end result. It is so simple.  You start with 25 five inch squares (you can use a charm pack), sew them together in the following grid, add a 3" border and then cut them apart.   

1   2   3   2   1
2   3   1   3   2
3   1   1   1   3
2   3   1   3   2
1   2   3   2   1

As you can see (or maybe you really can't), you just line up the lines on the ruler with your seam line and cut them apart.  The key to success is to do one row at a time as they are easy to get twisted the wrong way and then you will lose your pattern.

This is one row cut apart and laid out ready to sew together.

And this is the same row sew together.

And this is the finished center of the wall hanging. I just need to add borders, quilt, and bind.  I have another idea for a 3rd row of green around the red.  I'll have to work on that and let you know the results in a later post.
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5 comments

  1. Hi Doris. This is a great design. I love the way the wreath works out with the twister template. Thanks for letting us see how it looks.

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  2. That is lovely. Looks like a trip to Nine Patch is coming up - I'm in El Dorado. Thanks for sharing your lovely work.

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  3. I love this idea, what a great mini workshop it will make, thank you. We all made the Square Dance quilt, how clever this is.

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  4. Is there a pattern, template, or something that can help me see what you are doing? I love the result.

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  5. Gari, There are several "twister" rulers and patterns available at quilt shops and online. Just ask for the "Twister" ruler that is used with 10" squares (layer cakes) or "Lil Twister" ruler that is used with 5" squares (charm packs) both made by CS Designs. I haven't seen them, but it is my understand there is also a "Mini Twister" ruler and "Ity Bitty Twister" Ruler made by someone else.

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