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    I have made runners and wall hangings with this tool. All are great but the two color ones I made are the best. Using black and a bright color will make it look the the pinwheels are floating.

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    That looks like it would be so much fun. If you are like me I have to have all the new gadgets... I tell my quilting friends that the one that dies with the most, wins.

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    Yes! I bought one in Superior Wi a few months ago and love it. I've made some table runners and here is a picture of a carrying bag I made for my granddaughter to match her "Off to College Quilt".
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    I'm so glad to see this and the quilts everyone has made. My LQS is having a demo of the ruler on a weekend I can't attend....so this board is my demo! Thanks....I gotta order one.

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    which one did you get
    I went to the website and it lists different ones.

    that would be unique to try it out.

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    I got them both. The larger one uses layer cake squares but the smaller one makes nice runners and wall hangings.

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    looks like a fun quilt....might make some quicky table runners for christmas...I'll have to look for tool here!

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    I have used this tool also and it is great. You can make a full size quilt, tablerunner or table topper.

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    I have this and I love it. I have the 10# template and have made 2 baby quilts using just nine 10" blocks to start with (3 blocks across and 3 blocks down). When it is all done, it ends up being a perfect smaller size for a baby quilt. Now I am in the process of doing 4 bigger qults (using seven 10" blocks across adn nine down) for my teenage neices for Xmas in bright color shades of green, blue, red and yellow/gold. They are such fun and vibrant colors for the teenagers. I have had no problems sewing them back together on the bias. This is a fun and quick pattern to acomplish--I believe even a beginner can do it----oh that would be me! --I've only been quilting about two years and I work full time and have two teenage daughters so I really don't have much time to quilt! Have fun with your "Twister".

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    I'll have to look into this tool. Sure looks like it would be easier to use.

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    want one....missouri star quilt has this on sale TODAY @ 12.95?
    with $5 ship charge...passed it up but it looks so cool! Oops, my bad...it was the binding tool on sale! Sorry...but i would love to try this tool.

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    Bought one at a quilt show. Haven't had time to use it yet, but can't wait!

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammy Dwynn
    I have both rulers and the booklet. I made two toppers and they are EASY!

    There is not much waste, about 2.25" - 2.50" squares, when you cut out the 'twisters', then you have some on the outer boarder, IMHO that would be no different that when your making flying geese method of square onto the rectangle. I jokingly refer to goose p**p!

    here are the one that I have made SO FAR . . . more to come :wink: :thumbup:
    I love your quilts and this pattern!!!!

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    I made a couple of these quilts several years ago from a book called "Square Dance" by Martha Thompson (1995). Had to make my own templates and draw them on the sewn squares, then cut them out with scissors. The book had pattens for up to 6" squares. It really was fun to make! I didn't realize there were new templates available, but may decide to look for some now.

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    I don't have many quilting tools, but if it makes cutting easyer, then I will put that on my wish list. God bless.

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    I have one also, but have not used it yet. A couple of members in our guild have made several table toppers/wall hangings and I saw a full-size quilt while on retreat in April. It is a really cool concept and the results are awesome and surpising. I have both the small and large templates.

    I am sure you will totally enjoy making one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mimiknoxtaylor
    The cover sheet says, "No more templates, No more tracing, No more slipping, no more frustration... Only fun! When demonstrated the lady had sewn 16 - 5" squares together with 3" border all around then used this tool to cut squares, she twisted one square, then she sewed them together. She made it look too easy with neat results
    This really looks interesting. When you buy the package of templates, is there a pattern included or is this something you also need to purchase?

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    A member of our local quilt group learned this method free from a quilt shop on a vacation. At that time, there was a "ruler"or tool commercially made so she was just given the size with the spots to draw the reference lines. Her DG went to the local hardware store, bought plexiglass and made her one. Course, when she show us, she enlisted him to cute quite a few squares and we each gave her a couple of bucks to cover the cost of the materials, etc. We each added our own little "bumper" on the bottom to keep it from slipping. Very economical to make your own and most hardware stores will even cut them for you and you just draw your lines on. As far as I know, there isn't (or wasn't) a copyrighted pattern at that time. I have the self made pattern and dimensions to make the square templates. As far as waste goes, there is some but maybe I should be saving those for a postage stamp quilt!! Anyway, it seems like it would be tricky when you first see it done or try it, but really it is a very easy way to make a "pinwheel" and I have done several. Fun, fun. Whoo who! I just figured out how to add a photo so below are some from our get-together on making these. They are before and after. (the before one in the middle is not the same as the one that is on the after with me so no, you are not losing your mind!)

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    Three "before" quilts. (I am on the right)
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    This is the "after" from the "before" quilts on the left above.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tilladare
    I saw a demo of both rulers at a recent shop hop and picked up both. I find myself putting off starting because I too am a little (LOT) nervous about all the bias edges.
    The bias edges are not a problem at all. Half squares can be way more challenging than this. Jump in and try just a very small one of say just 5 squares or something.

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    The quilts shown are so good looking. They remind me of jigsaw puzzle pieces. I may have to get a template and try using up some scraps.

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    cute toppers. I will have to get me one of these too.

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    Looks like it could be fun to try.
    Your quilt looks great.

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    The finished top is much smaller... Is there a formula to figure out how big you need to make the initial piece to end up at a certain size?
    Gee, I hope that made sense
    Sorcha

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    I have made a table runner and am finishing a large quilt/wall hanging using the small one. I used civil war repro fabrics and some solids and it really is breathtaking! Of course it is a LOT of sewing and cutting and sewing but the results are really fab! I will post a picture when I am done with the quilt top.

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    PS.. I found that if i take my desired finish size and make the project about 33% bigger before I cut it comes out about?? the desired size. I suggest you try a small doll quilt or hot mat first . That is what I did. I also used layer cakes and cut them into fourths.. gave me more of the same prints.

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