FNSI: Friday Night Sew In

FNSIButton This month’s Friday Night Sew In caught me completely off guard. Sometimes I can only wonder how fast time can fly by. Thank you for organizing another great Sew In and Blog Hop, Handmade By Heidi!

I did a little bit sewing on Friday night while getting ready for our little weekend getaway in Fairbanks, AK. This weekend we are enjoying the world championship ice sculptures and freezing cold weather. So be patient – I will post pictures of my Friday night sewing as soon as I’m on the computer again.

Tutorial: Twisted Heart

Have you see twisted quilts made with Twister tool? Don’t they look adorable? And more challenging than regular pinwheels? However, in reality, the twisted quilts are a blast to make, and -in my opinion- quicker than the pinwheels. I made my first Twisted Heart for Valentine’s Day, and had so much fun that started another heart right after it.

The original Twister tool comes in two different sizes: 5″ and 10″ so you can use the tool with projects that have 5″ squares (or charm packs) and 10″ squares (or layer cakes), respectively. And you can find also 2.5″ and 3.5″ tools. The sample heart in the pictures is made from Moda’s spring charm pack fabrics. Sometimes in all my laziness I love the slitghtly more expensive precut fabrics. Especially when with the twisted quilts you sew, cut, and sew again.

But let’s get started. Once the fabrics are selected, it’s time to organize the colors so that the heart pops out. The pattern in Let’s Twist Again book gives you the layout for placing the heart pieces and background pieces.

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Once you like your arrangement, it’s time to sew the squares together, start by making rows, and then sew the rows together making one big square.

 

Start sewing.

Start sewing.

Rows are done, and now to sewing them together to make a big square.

Rows are done, and now to sewing them together to make a big square.

Big square: starting to look like a heart.

Big square: starting to look like a heart.

Once your squares are all sewn, you will add a border around the square.

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Finally, it is time to cut all the sewn squares into the pieces! You can use any size of a rotary cutter but I found the 45mm working the best – smaller than that it hard to use due to blades small diameter, and with a larger such as 65mm cutter it is too easy to cut a bit too far.

When cutting the squares, you just align the drawn cross in the intersection with the seams, and cut around the Twister tool.

Align the twister tool with the seams.

Align the twister tool with the seams.

Cut along the tool.

Cut along the tool.

Then just organize the cut pieces so that the twisted pinwheels are coming all together.

Place the pieces in order.

Place the pieces in order.

And voilà! Squares cut and arranged again.

And voilà! Squares cut and arranged again.

Next phase is to sew all these pieces together again. The pattern suggests sewing the blocks together, just like you would sew blocks in any quilt project. However, I have been using another awesome technique – Fuse, Fold, and Stitch, created by Dina Pappas from Dina’s Cozy Cabin in Eagle River, AK. With this technique I assemble my blocks on a gridded fusible web with a few millimeters apart, keeping the rows and columns straight. Then I fuse the blocks onto the gridded web.

The last part of the process is to sew this all together, and I simply turn the rows right sides together and sew the seams.

Blocks fused on the fusible web.

Blocks fused on the fusible web.

Stitching the folded rows.

Stitching the folded rows.

Fused, folded and stitched!

Fused, folded and stitched!

Now the quilt only needs the borders, batting and backing – and is ready to go! All these finalizing steps are still work in progress for this particular quilt so here is a picture of another Twisted Heart quilt that is finished.

Quilt top all done!

Twisted Heart

 

 

 

 

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Giveaway Winner!

Time to announce the BlogHop Giveaway Winner!

Comments on the Giveaway posting were numbered from 40 to 191, and the winner was randomly selected from this pool. The lucky winner of Judy Hopkins’ book “Quilt Alaska!” and 1/2 lbs of chocolate is Comment #124, http://www.quiltseverywhere.com/beat-the-winter-blues-blog-hop-and-giveaway/#comment-124, left by Connie!

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I will reach out to the winner by email for the mailing address and get the package onto its way. Congratulations Connie!

Thank you all who participated on the BlogHop and left comments! I will be writing a blog article in the near future about all the reasons why we love quilting… If you are affiliated with the military (as a spouse, mom, dad, service member…) and are interested in joining the Military Quilter’s Facebook group, feel free to request to join through the page, or shoot me an email so that I can send an invitation.