Stitched By Me

A place to share projects from my sewing room.

Twisting the Weekend Away

While out Quilt Shop Hopping with my sewing buddies last week-end, I picked up a couple of cool templates. One of them is the Lil Twister by                        

Here is my first attempt at using it.

The first step is to sew 5″ squares together in your choice of color combinations and number of squares. I decided to start with 4 shades of blue, 4 across by 4 down. Once the 5″ squares are stitched together, a border is added. I used a 3.5″ black border.

The “Lil Twister” Template is then placed so that the black lines on the template line up exactly with the seam lines, starting at the top left seam intersection.  A rotary cutter is used to cut around the template, trying not to cut too far beyond the template so that the “waste” can also be used for a later project.


Since the border fabric is black and the lines on the template are black, it is hard to see the, but if you look very closely, you will see that they line up perfectly.

Start cutting at the top left corner and work your way across the top row before starting the second row at the far left again, just like reading.  It is easier to keep things in order if you leave the cut pieces near where they were cut from.  Just be sure that you don’t cut into them while cutting the other blocks.


My original block configuration was 4×4 plus the border, but after the cuts were finished, I ended up with 5×5 because the borders added another half row on each end.


This is what the original piece looks like once the cuts are removed.


There is some waste, but smaller squares can be trimmed and used in another project if you did not cut too far into them.

This is what was left over.


Side by side comparison of the original size versus the cut size, before stitching together.


The blocks are laid out in the proper order for sewing together.


The rows are stitched together first. It is important to be sure the blocks are stitched in the exact order that they are laid out. Be especially careful if some of the colors are very similar.


Oops, I should have read that previous line before I sewed the rows together. I accidentally flipped the 4th row and did not realize it until all of the squares were stitched and I was NOT going to take them apart to re-stitch.


All blocks are stitched, quilted and the binding is done.


I wanted to see how a 4 patch of just 2 colors before adding the border would turn out, so this is my 2nd attempt with the Lil Twister tool. I should have used a lighter purple for better contrast against the black. I may use this block as part of a tote bag.

The end result is pretty fascinating and overall it is an easy project. I will most likely use this tool for more small projects such as a table runner, etc.

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