October 14, 2012

The Twister Tool - A Review

I've blogged about this new tool I purchased at the QuiltFest and, as with many tools, you wonder whether it was worth the investment and whether you will use it after the particular project.  I have to say that my conclusion is that it's definitely worth having this little template and I was able to whip out a great lap quilt in just two sittings, pretty impressive.  It also gives the illusion of lots of patchwork when you really hardly did anything.

 As I mentioned in a previous post, the first part of the instruction is to take your layer cake and sew it together in a 6x6 formation. You could do a more random arrangement, but I chose to take each different color family in the layer cake and  make a diagonal line in the same color.
 The next thing you do is add a border.  Note, you have two borders - the "pre Twister" border and the "post Twister" border - and I always like to pin each fabric with its intended use to prevent any accidental cutting!
 After I added the border, you place the Twister on the top and align the cross with the seams and start to slice!

A couple of notes, you are now on the bias, so things become very stretchy!  After I cut the first row and joined each of the squares, here is what you have:

 and then the next row is added:

I am not one to use pins unless I have to, but because this was so stretchy and I really wanted my pinwheels to match up, I pinned both before and after the seam to ensure perfect matches - and it worked!


This top measures about 52x52 and I actually think I like it better like this without the additional border - I think it looks a lot more difficult that it was, and this took me only a few hours of sewing time to produce a pretty impressive looking top.

The pros:  durable template, good instructions, fast quilt top to piece
The cons:  there is some waste when you are cutting the twister blocks - but they end up being about 4 1/2 inch squares so I think they will be good scraps for another project.

You can find the information about the Twister HERE.

All in all, I give the Twister tool a thumbs up and would recommend buying one if you're looking for something to do with your layer cakes - also great for a beginning quilter - because there is so much trimming your blocks are exactly the right size every time - and your quilt ends up nice and square!

Again, here's the before and after:

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  1. Looks great!!! I'll definitely have to get one!

  2. What a nifty tool! You never have to sew or cut diagonals/triangles then? And it looks perfectly patchworky too. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Nope - not a single triangle or any diagonal! Isn't that neat??

  3. I love it! It definitely makes for a complicated looking quilt but it looks really interesting.

  4. It looks great, Stacey! I have the smaller version of the twister. I just bought a charm pack of Christmas Fabric and am seeing a twisted Christmas quilt in my future!

  5. Looks great! I think my little brain would get confused about how to put it all back together, but your quilt looks lovely!

  6. Someone demoed this tool at our last guild mtg- very cool! I need to save up! Your quilt top looks great :)

  7. Very nice! I have a smaller version of the twister and just made another pillow with a 5" charm pack as a present. This pattern always looks impressive and is so easy!


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