Monday, October 8, 2012

Design Wall Monday

The last *thing* on the design wall is this experiment with the Twister blocks.  I am smitten, in case you can't tell!

I read online somewhere~wish I could remember where!  That if you trace the lines from the L'il Twister ruler onto a 6.5 inch ruler and start with your pieces cut at 8 inches...you end up with a medium size twister.

The before.


The after.  This block is 18.5 inches, so finishes at 18 inches.  I think I would cut my beginning block at 8.5 inches so there is just a bit more wiggle room when cutting across the block set.


EDIT:  Here is one tutorial and she DID say to cut the first block at 8.5 inches!

5 comments:

Linda said...

Oh my! These Twister blocks are getting the better of me. I really like your color choices and I've seen the same tip and I don't remember where either. haha

Nana's Quilts said...

Thank you very much for this. I had NOT seen any reference to this change in size and I think I will love it. I have made several of the small size but now what? I can always borrow a friend's larger one, but nonetheless. This is exciting - can't wait to get started. Thanks, again.

Kate said...

Very vibrant! Great color choices.

Linda J said...

Me thinks you are enjoying this!!

I was just coming over to see if you had made anymore progress with your placemats but also to email and ask you about what size to cut with a 6 1/2 inch square. Come to find out, your post could not have come at a better time!

One of the Belles misunderstood what I had said about those 5 x 5 wreaths measuring 18.5 AFTER twisting so she had cut the squares down so they finish at 3 1/2 inches rather than 4 1/2 in her base unit.

She started over and made a 2nd one. I told her I could probably figure out what size we needed to scale it down to. That is, if I could figure out the ratio so she can salvage her 1st effort. I know that the angle of the lines is at 57 degrees in the Square Dance book. Off the top of my head I think I need either a 2 1/2 inch or 3 inch square. Some of this might be based on what the diagonal measurement of the square is. What do you think?

One of the other gals had that itty bitty primitive gatherings (think that is right name) ruler----that one uses 2 1/2 inch squares and a 1 inch ruler. She picked it up on a shop hop or quilt show along with a pattern and had not tried it yet. That thing was SMALL!

Dawn said...

Hi! Maybe you saw the Lil Twister tutorial on my website, firstlightdesigns.com. I transferred the markings to a 6.5-inch ruler to make a block that finished at 6 inches. Love your fabric choices!