Sunday, February 17, 2013

Twister table mat

You ever get that "itching" that you just gotta try it out and you put everything aside so you can give it a try and get it out of your system?  Loaded question isn't it? lol  It can go in all directions. LOL  That's how I felt when seeing a twisted heart done for Valentines Day.  Mine never got done for Valentines Day, but I tried the process.  I didn't even use valentine fabrics.  I just used some fabric I had cut at 6" and cut it down to 5".  Did I like the process?? Wellllll, the verdict isn't totally in yet.  You start with the 5" squares and sew them together.  I thought it would be faster to sew them into 4 patches and then sew the 4 patches to the 4 patches.  Naw, not a good decision in this case.  One doesn't have control of the pattern then.  Lay them out in rows and a pattern and sew them together row by row.  OK, I chose to leave them in 4 patch form and make the best of it since I didn't feel like taking them all apart and I was making it to learn the process anyway. lol  I read that using a small rotary cutter was best.....nope.... the twister tool sits on little "feet" and is too high for small cutter.  My large one worked fine.  It's awkward cutting around the twister tool, but it didn't slip, so people saying one could make their own, not this girl.  Also, I learned on the first cut, to make sure the twister tool is on it's feet and not feet up.  I had to put a new 3" border on.:-(  It could have been worse. lol   I recommend the twister tool.  So, I have another cut out and in 4 patches, but I will take those apart.  Then I hope to make a twister heart because I think they are really cool looking.  I will practice my free motion quilting on these:-)  Not sure I'd want to make a large quilt this way.

                                         Before cutting and putting back together
Until next time......Have a Wonderful Day and God Bless!
Kathy aka Kela

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