Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Lovely Saturday...

After what feels like a long drought in my quilting, I spent half a day in my sewing room last Saturday.  I popped some movies in the DVD player and puttered around on several projects.  It reminded me why I call my sewing room "my happy place".

I was finally able to complete step 1 for my Twister quilt.  That entailed sewing 81 - 5" squares together and adding a 3" border.

Step 1 of Twister quilt
Then I took a break from that quilt to make some blocks for a charity quilt.  I neglected to take pictures, but made 32 - 4-patches using 30's fabric.  It was a quick project and I know will go to a good cause.

After cleaning up my mess, I decided to go back to working on the Twister quilt.  The next step is to cut out the Twister blocks using the special template.  I'll end up with 100 different 3.5" blocks from my little topper when I'm through.  It's not hard to do, but is a little time consuming.  First, I line up the template on the seam lines and then cut out around it.

Twister template lined up
Here's one of the blocks cut out and the space it leaves behind.

First Twister block cut out and labeled
I was very careful to label each block so that I'm sure I have it in the correct place and with the right side up.  I managed to cut out about half of them before stopping.  Like I said, it's not hard, but does take a while.

First 50 blocks - half way done!
I still had some time before I needed to start dinner (I had company coming over), so I took a couple more passes on Man Cave.  I'm about half way done with it now.  I've been having lots of issues with my neck lately and quilting a pantograph just aggravates it.  I have to keep my head bent to the side so I can really see the lines I'm following, so it's slow going on this one.  I'm going out of town next week and would love to have it quilted by then, but it will all depend on how my neck holds up.  Speaking of which, it's giving me a lot of problems right now, so I'm going to end this and go put a pain patch on it.

Until later...

There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. 
1 Corinthians 12:5 (NLT)


  1. I didn't realize this was how the Twister pattern was made. How much fabric is left over after your done cutting out the template? Are you able to use the scraps for anything after? It looks really good.
    Good luck with your neck!

  2. Ummmm, wow! I also had the same question as "Vegetarian Hunter"---how much is left in scraps?

    So glad you were able to enjoy some quilting time!!