Today, the snow is falling and it's looking a little blustery outside, so the itch to make wintery things has hit me. I have a Twister ruler that I've never used, and thought these Christmas fabrics might be just the thing to give it a try. I needed 36 ten inch squares plus a border. There were 42 different fabrics in the box, in all different conditions; some seemed brand new and untouched, some were prewashed, some had pieces cut out of them, some were just leftover scraps from someone else's projects. I just pulled one fabric out at a time, and if it was big enough to cut a ten inch square, I cut it out. It was easy to come up with 36 different squares this way.
I laid them out on the floor and tried to go for a pleasing, but random arrangement. For a border, I opted to go with white.
This is how the pattern instructs me to begin. All the squares are sewn together, and a border is added all the way around.
Then I use this fancy ruler to cut up all the blocks I just put together.
Then I sew them back together in the new arrangement, and I have a completed quilt top like this one. It finishes about a third smaller than it started, and I have a 4" square of each color leftover from the cutting process. I can leave it as is, or I can add a border or two to make it bigger.
Here's what I would do differently next time:
- watch the placement of similar colors next to each other (the two browns in the bottom row, for example)
- if using white as a border, put darker blocks along the edges where the border joins to avoid lights next to white
- solid colors and small prints look best (large prints are just too busy and the pinwheel effect gets lost)
I think I would be inclined to do another one.