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Thread: Things to avoid when doing a twister....

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    I'm posting a few pieces from experimenting that I'm not too happy with.

    The second group are okay but have things I was trying.

    Brown in corner too similar to border and beiges that blend side by side. This piece is made from the squares left from a layer cake size twister block made into a throw. The pieces are placed exactly as they were in the throw.
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    1st one-border too busy, 2nd-colors just blend in places
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    Leftover brights-some blend-just trying them
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    I'm happy with this. Mitered a stripe for the border to cut using my fast method for doing mitered corners.
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    Fall wreath-okay but might have placed red/rust apart.
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    Looks good to me, I have never done a twister, but would like to.

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    Gosh, they are look fine to me. Twisters are really getting popular....I love looking to see what everyone is doing.

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    Basically, then, similar rules (or color/value advice) used in a quilt made up of traditional 4Patch blocks. ;-)

    Once you see it all laid out like that, it's a great exercise in value placement.

    And that striped mitered border on the Halloween one - DIVINE!!!

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    I like them, I have never made a twister but would like to.

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    Myself,i think they are all beautiful.Connie in CO
    PS they grow on you after a while...

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    They all look great, but I especially like the Halloween one. I have the same issues with color/value placement. A design board really helps. Also, after you have layed out your squares, but before you sew, take a photo and study that. For some reason, having it condensed to a small size really makes the placement problems jump out.

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    Twister quilts are so fun! I made my first one this summer. Here's my blog post about it. http://lrdesignsquilting.com/blog/archives/664 All the fabrics were from my stash of bright "scraps".
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    I have started taking pictures of all layouts for quilts and am mostly happy with that. Occasionally one seems okay and then I am surprised.

    I always like the ones that are checkboard in the layout. I have one with 2" squares of 30's prints and white background that I have completed the first step of sewing blocks and have started cutting the little pinwheels-tedious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lrdesignsquilting
    Twister quilts are so fun! I made my first one this summer. Here's my blog post about it. http://lrdesignsquilting.com/blog/archives/664 All the fabrics were from my stash of bright "scraps".
    Very good!!

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    WOW! I had no idea that using diagonal stripes on the outer edge could add such pizazz to a twister! Thanks for sharing this great idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julie in WA
    WOW! I had no idea that using diagonal stripes on the outer edge could add such pizazz to a twister! Thanks for sharing this great idea!
    They were just horizontal stripes that I matched at the mitered corners. After cutting they appear diagonal. Diagonal might be another great idea. Might just have to try that. :)

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    U make hard 2 your self
    Each one is nice it's one pattern but looks different every time :thumbup:

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    How do you deal with all the bias edges? Do you starch before cutting,or before sewing pieces back together?

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    thanks for the benefit of your experiences. i found it quite helpful

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    Quote Originally Posted by janey39quilts
    How do you deal with all the bias edges? Do you starch before cutting,or before sewing pieces back together?
    I just make a point to not stretch on the bias edges. Then the first little border added after all the "twisting" is straight of grain and sets the sides. So far, I've had no problem. I determine the length of the sides of the border by measuring in the middle each time as you would with any border and just make it fit. :)

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    Thanks for the encouragement. I might try one.

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    I have done one small twister and learned what you did about needing high contrast fabrics between the blocks. I also learned that cutting the squares a little bigger helps when using rotary cutter around the template. I sliced too far on a few of them. It does create a bit more waste so maybe using a smaller blade and being more careful will allow me to keep using the 5" blocks.

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