I was making some twister blocks recently, using both the Regular and Li’l Twister templates. My only problem was that I wanted a nice, plain background but with multi-coloured centres, and only one of each colour combination (I like to set myself nice, difficult challenges ;o) ) The only tutes I could find out there involved making an entire patchwork top and chopping bits out, which was a little extreme, so I tried to work out the most efficient way to create my base without wasting too much fabric. I decided to do a little trial using some leftover Gypsy Bandana fabric from last year’s SHQ QAL (which I bought far too much fabric for, like at least a yard too much of each colour, so I have plenty to play with! Green and pink happened to come to hand first, I must have put the red and yellow aside for something in a ‘safe’ place)
Since I wanted 2 tone twists, I realised that my centre square needed to be half of one colour and half of the other. Now because of how this is cut out, the squares need to be a wee bit bigger than if they were going to be made the regular way, so for the large template, my measurements were like this:
Colour 1 – 6 ¼” x 12”
Colour 2 – 6 ¼” x 12”
For the solid background I realised I only needed half of the blocks above/below and to the sides of the coloured central square, and therefore at each of the corners, I’d only need a square ¼ of the size of the central square, hence my measurements were like this:
Solid – 6 ¼” x 12” x 4
Solid – 6 ¼” x 6 ¼” x 4
I then assembled these in rows to create a patchwork base to cut out of.
Positioning the ruler:
This is how it looks after the pieces have been cut out:
And the final block:
I made 4 of the Li’l Twister blocks, which I created from a grid made up as follows:
In the grid above, the long edge pieces and the coloured half pieces are 3 ¼” x 6”, the corner edge squares are 3 ¼” x 3 ¼” and the centre squares are 6” x 6”. Sorry, I didn’t think to take photos of this bit!
Now I’m not going to claim that I had no leftover fabric due to how the blocks are cut, but it certainly conserved my waste! I can see myself using this tool more for individual blocks like this rather than an entire quilt, simply because I’m too lazy to do a whole quilt top of these, so it’s good to know in the future what my minimum fabric requirement is.