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Thread: Lil Twister question

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    Lil Twister question

    Thinking of getting Lil'Twister tool. Are the squares cut the same size as the tool? If this is the case, isn't there a lot of waste when cutting out?

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    I bought the Little Twister recently. Have my top of squares & borders done, but haven't cut out the pinwheels yet. Yes, there is extra fabric between the squares when you cut the pinwheel squares out. I plan to sew the extra pieces together for a pieced border around the pinwheels, so my finished pinwheel top will be closer to the size of the original top of squares.

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    There is waste but the end product is gorgeous. Name:  photo-31.JPG
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    No, they aren't. The squares are cut to 5" and sewn together....then you use the Twister to cut them down. However, you can use the small Thimble Template with your waste. (The large Thimble Template can be used with the waste of the regular Twister ruler.)

    Quote Originally Posted by cheryl222 View Post
    Thinking of getting Lil'Twister tool. Are the squares cut the same size as the tool? If this is the case, isn't there a lot of waste when cutting out?
    Last edited by Handcraftsbyjen; 01-27-2012 at 06:23 AM.

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    What's a Thimble Template?

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    The squares are always 1.5 inches square larger than your template......3.5 inch template =squares are cut 5 inches square...

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    I've seen a twister quilt where the quilter used her scraps to make a scrappy outer border.

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    I haven't used the Twister tool-I've made my twister quilts by the method in the book "Rotary Cutting Revolution" by Anita Grossman Solomon. I think there is less waste with this method.

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    While there is waste to the twister ruler.....I think the resulting quilt top is worth it. I've made a number of lapquilts using both the large and small.....they just look great when they're done....and everyone who sees them gives me positive feedback.

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    http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...s-t134922.html

    You will have scrap squares with bias edges left after you cut the twisters. This is how I used mine. Hope this helps.

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    Luana, that is a very good idea, not so much waste that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by luana View Post
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...s-t134922.html

    You will have scrap squares with bias edges left after you cut the twisters. This is how I used mine. Hope this helps.

    I didn't see your original post so thanks for chiming in on this. I have done a few twisters and using the scaps for the borders is a great idea. Thanks so much for the tip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by judys View Post
    What's a Thimble Template?
    If you go to www.thequiltedcrow.com and go to the online catalog then type 'Thimble' in the search box you can see the template and quilt you can make, and if you type 'Tumbler' in the search box you can see the larger size. Also, if you then look up 'Christmas Stockings' you can see a stocking that uses the Thimble template. (One note, if you do have the templates, I recommend not peeling off the backing unless you absolutely have to. By keeping it on, it helps prevent the ruler from sliding while you are cutting.)

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    Yes and each one looks different depending on the fabric you use! A real neat concept!!!! Makes tablerunners to king size tops!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by AnnieF View Post
    While there is waste to the twister ruler.....I think the resulting quilt top is worth it. I've made a number of lapquilts using both the large and small.....they just look great when they're done....and everyone who sees them gives me positive feedback.

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    bit by the bug.....add this to bucket list of quilts for me....sigh....trying to finish UFO's this year

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    if you don't peel the paper backing off, how will you know if you have lined up the twister properly?
    peel it off and get some sandpaper dots to put on the twister if you think it will slip!

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    I just bought the Lil Twister ruler and can't wait to use some of my charm packs to make a quilt.

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    twister top

    Here is a picture of my twister quilt. I used the excess squared for a film strip border.
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    I just love that twister and have used the waste to make tiny twisters. I posted pictures on here a while back. I am ready to quilt my heart top now. My avatar is this one. Did 7 wreaths for gifts.
    Earleen The best helping hand is at the end of your arm.

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    Have the ruler and directions, this is great to see for ideas. thanks

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    There really isn't that much waste. They turn out so cute that you don't really care. I have made all four sizes and just love the designs that can be made. Fun!

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    I just made a big one with flannel and it turned out great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by baglady65 View Post
    I just made a big one with flannel and it turned out great!
    Wow what a terrific idea! Did you use the larger or the lil twister? Light bulb moment!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Earleen View Post
    I just love that twister and have used the waste to make tiny twisters. I posted pictures on here a while back. I am ready to quilt my heart top now. My avatar is this one. Did 7 wreaths for gifts.
    Thanks to Earleen's thread a week or so ago, I made the heart ...see her Avatar....I finally got around to using the Lil' Twister and it's ready to quilt! I just smiled with each block cut and put on the design wall....really a fun tool and once you cut your first few I found for me, I passed the learning curve and fear of cutting myself with the little template and rotary cutter. There will be more twister's in future! Thank you Earlene for the inspiration!
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    I am going to take the Twisted Heart class (using the little Twister) tomorrow. It looks like fun and I like the border idea I just saw from luana.

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