Friday, September 14, 2012

Twister Dots Tutorial

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Lil' Twister Tutorial at Freemotion by the River

Twister Dots Tutorial at Freemotion by the River
Yesterday I showed you my little Twister Dots as part of the Dots on Dots blog hop and here is the tutorial. This does require a smaller template than the Lil Twister template. I bought mine from my local quilt store but found a link to one here at Primitive Gatherings. This template is a 2 1/4 inch square instead of the 3 1/2 inch Lil Twister.
batik fabric cut into 3 and a half inch squares

  • cut 17 - 3 1/2 inch squares of your dot fabric
  • cut 8 - 3 1/2 inch squares of your solid fabric
  • sew your blocks together in 5 rows of 5 as shown below
blocks sewn together in rows of 5 x 5

  • Cut 2 pieces of your solid fabric 2 1/4 inch by 15 3/8 inch and sew to the top and bottom
  • Cut 2 pieces of your solid fabric 2 1/4 inch by 18 7/8 inch and sew to the 2 sides
Blocks with a sashing added
Now comes the fun part! We will use the template to cut out our blocks.
Lil Twister blocks cut and sewed together
You can see how I laid the template on the blocks, there are lines on the template that you line up on the seam lines. The bottom shows one row of the blocks sewn together.....you'll end up with a piece quite a bit smaller. I left the scrap pieces so you could see them - I'll use them for applique on another project.
Rotate each block to the right
You will rotate each block to the right - look at the bottom left corner of the green on the cutting mat to see how I moved it.
Lil Twister blocks are quite a bit smaller thank original blocks
I usually sew each row as I go, it is fun to see the difference in size. Can you see that the piece is just a little bit bigger than half the original size.

Here is the completed block before I added a border to it. When I added the border to my block yesterday you might have noticed that the border pieces didn't match up in the corners....I just made some strips and put them on.
Completed Lil Twister without a border
I decided to make another one with borders that fit....and a little different design.
  • cut 13 - 3 1/2 inch squares of your dot fabric
  • cut 12 - 3 1/2 inch squares of your solid fabric
  • sew your blocks together in 5 rows of 5 as shown below
Different design with solid fabric in the corners

  • Cut 2 pieces of your solid fabric 2 1/4 inch by 15 3/8 inch and sew to the top and bottom
  • Cut 2 pieces of your solid fabric 2 1/4 inch by 18 7/8 inch and sew to the 2 sides
Block ready to be cut with Lil Twister template
Sew your rows together for a little different block.
Lil twister block before the border
Now we'll add the border. I had lots of extra 3 1/2 inch squares so I took some and cut off strips that were 1 1/4 inch wide or......
  • Cut 28 - 1 1/4 inch by 3 1/2 strips
  • Sew 14 strips together along the 3 1/2 inch side - twice
Border of 14 strips of fabric
  • Now cut each strip in half as shown, each piece will be 1 3/4 inch wide by length of border
Border piece cut in half
Block with borders not sewn on yet
  • Sew a border to the top and bottom
  • Cut 4 - 1 3/4 squares of your solid for the corners
  • Sew one of these to each side of the 2 remaining borders
  • Sew these borders to the sides of your block
13 and a half inch completed lil twister block
Here is the finished block which is a 13 1/2 inch block. I didn't get this one quilted yet......

You can find more tutorials for the Lil Twister on my Tutorials page.


40 comments:

shez said...

wow Connie there is a lot of work in this one,and it looks fantastic,well done.xx

Silvana said...

Exellent tutorial!

Kiera, It's Sew Kiki said...

I gotta save this one. For some reason, I can't get the hang of my twister ruler...but this makes me want to give it another try. Great job as usual my friend!!

Michelle said...

That is SEW COOL! I have both the little and the big twister tool, and haven't used either one of them! If I ever decide to sew again, I'm ready!

Cyn ;-) said...

Perfect! The dots are so cute - really fun. Thanks for a great tute.

Missy Shay said...

Thank you, I pinned it!

Kathy Gordon said...

I have the tiny Twister ruler so I'll have to give it a try after seeing the dots... Thanks for the tute and inspiration!

beaquilter said...

I was just talking with a friend yesterday about the twister ruler. the mini one is so cute!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Lovely tutorial - the smaller rotary really helps with the small templates, too. Thank you for sharing.

gccmom said...

All I can say is....WOW!! Love it.

Rachel said...

Wow, just amazing as usual! Thanks!

Linda at Roscoe's Ma said...

Thank you for the tutorial! I LOVE this quilt idea!!!

mara said...

Thank you for the tutorial, it looks so complicated but you did a great job in explaining.

Denise :) said...

Hahaha! This is why I just enjoy looking at other people's Lil' Twister patterns ... whew! :)

Needled Mom said...

Very cute and thianks for the nice tutorial.

Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...

Wow how clever is that!!? I've heard of Lil Twister but had no idea that's how it was done!! Thanks for the tute :) Looks brilliant!

Barb said...

You are so clever and it turned out so cute!

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Thanks for the tut! Lil twister is time comsuming but it looks terrific. Figuring out where to put the color and white blocks to start is what confuses me.Glad you did the tut to clear up the confusion.

Teresa in Music City said...

Great tutorial Connie! Isn't the Lil Twister fun??? I never get tired of seeing the effects of using it on different patterns :*)

Sheila said...

Thanks for the tutorial Connie if a person changed up the colors it would make a great Christmas wreath :-)

Julie C. said...

I love the twister look and you did a wonderful tutorial. I still haven't tried this technique out, but you have inspired me. Thanks for sharing - and I loved your dottie flowers from yesterday, too.

Denise Russell said...

That turned out soooo cute! Now I have to try one of these twister quilts. The fabrics with dots against the white background were gorgeous!

Ariane said...

I just love your blocks!!! They are gorgeous!!!

Lyn said...

What a wonderful tute. I now understand how to sew it together on the first run. Love how you changed it up for the 2nd one. Thanks for making it so clear.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh Connie, Thank you so much! I know it is a lot of hard work to put together a tutorial.

Cathy Tomm said...

I just quilt two quilts made with that twist. Now I am thinking I may make one of my own. Love the dots thanks for showing us.

Julie said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I have never paid attention to how a twister is done. It turned out perfectly!

Melissa said...

Great tutorial! I have one of these in an even small size from the same company. I haven't tried it yet, it is for 2.5" squares.

sarapatch said...

Thank you so much for the beautiful tutorial!!!

Elly D said...

WOW! Great tutorial Connie :) I wondered how to get the different shapes to the twisters. Thank you! BTW,
I hadn't noticed that your borders didn't fit in your earlier quilt... until you mentioned it here ;)) But, it still looks beautiful.
I think I'll have to get the mini ruler too.

Madame Samm said...

Oh Wow...Connie...now I can't thank you enough...I got myself the tool....and then nothing...I had no idea where to start...now I think I can do this...lol
YOU are a doll to show us how..

hueisei said...

Cute! I loved it!

KatieQ said...

I really like the circular look. Thanks for showing how you did it.

Cath said...

I love the tutorial. I have done tessellations before but had to make my own templastic template so I have followed your link and ordered the real deal. Funnily enough I have that exact little pack of dotty fat 1/4s.
Cath @ Bits 'n Bobs

VickiT said...

Great tutorial Connie. I just love these twister quilts.

♥Duff said...

holy schmoly, Connie, you sure do get a lot of quilting done! And your creativity never disappoints!

Jo said...

Wow it looks totally awesome!

Ellie Q said...

Love this! I'm planning to use this technique to make bed quilts for my boys.

Tessa Marie said...

Wow! That is very cool! I love sewing blocks together and then cutting them up to rearrange them. The polka dots are great for this!!

Bari Jo said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial! I REALLY appreciate it! I have been a bit confused and yours makes perfect sense! Can't wait to get started!!! :O)