One of the best things about working at a fabric and yarn shop has to be the toys. There are so many fabrics to play with, yarns to touch, and patterns to explore. But the tools, oh, the tools!! I was stocking the new patterns today and I came across a number of patterns that used a tool called a “Twister.” This is a plastic template with little feet which has markings to line up with the seams to enable the quilter to make a pinwheel pattern.
Ok, so that might not really make much sense. Let me show you how we use the Twister Tool.
First make a 9 patch, there are various layouts you can use but I did a simple even/odd layout. Then put a border around it.
Once it is all sewn, use the Twister Tool (I am using the Lil’ Twister, which is the smaller size template) to create the blocks for this block. Put the template on the corner matching the black lines with the seam lines on your 9-patch.
Cut around the template and the move the template to the next seam. Continue cutting around the template on each seam.
I cut out 16 from my original 9-patch.
Turn each block a quarter turn clockwise and line up the blocks. You should see the twist or pinwheel emerge. Then sew the blocks together, and you will see the new block that the twister tool has helped you make.
When I was testing the tool, we were all amazed that someone could have thought about how to twist a 9-patch to make this interesting block. It was so much fun to figure out how to use the tool and see what came out in the end.
Isn’t it amazing what you can make with these simple tools?