So "Twister" quilts are always made starting with a grid of squares. This is the design of squares you need to make in order to get the look above when you are done. But before you go and cut out 144 5" squares go ahead and read on, there is a much faster way to strip piece it :)
Start by choosing your prints. This pattern is a repeated 6 pattern so you will need 6 strips for each set of 3. I choose to repeat one of my prints, you can to if you like or not ;) (Wouldn't this just look awesome in a Rainbow pattern, that is on my list ) Cut three 5" x WOF strips out of each of the 6 chosen prints for a total of 18 strips.
Sew your 6 strips together to make a strip set. You will be sewing 3 sets together and be sure to sew them all in the same order. It doesn't matter if the ends don't line up perfect :)
Now fold your strip set in half taking care to align the sides. Do not worry about the top lining up. Place it on your cutting mat so that the folded line is just over the 0 Horizontal line on your mat.
Now you can cut out your square strip sets. First cut along the 20" line on your mat. This gives you a nice starting edge. Now measure down 5" (to the 15" line) and cut across the entire strip set. (I had to use two rulers aligned next to each other). Continue cutting 5" down until you cut across the 0 Horizontal line. This should give you 8 square strip sets, 4 on top and 4 below. Repeat with the other 2 Strip sets so you have a total of 24 square strip sets.
Sew your square strip sets into sets of 2. Make sure you always repeat the pattern exactly the same way. You will now have 12 long square strip sets.
Now the fun part. To make the diagonal pattern you are going to do a little unpicking. I know it seems weird to unpick but trust me, it is way faster than stitching all of the squares individually.
So start by laying out 2 long square strip sets. Those will be row 1 and row 7. (I like to mark them now to avoid confusion) Now lay out 2 more long square strip sets. Unpick the first block in each long square strip set and at it to the end of the set. Now mark these rows 2 and rows 8. Now lay out 2 more long square strip sets. Unpick the first two blocks in each long square strip set and at it to the end of the set. Now mark these rows 3 and rows 9. Seeing a trend here :) For rows 4 and 10 remove 3 blocks and add them to the end. For rows 5 and 11 remove 4 blocks and add them to the end. And finally for rows 6 and 12 remove 5 blocks and add them to the end.
You should now have 12 rows that when lined up in order look like this.
Now simply sew your rows together, taking care to align your seams, and you have your square grid!! Yippee Skippee.
***Note - The rest of this tutorial will be very brief as the intent of the tutorial is how to get the pattern, not how to use your twister. If you need a more in-depth tutorial on how to use the twister tool please see this earlier tutorial. Steps 2 and 3 will walk your through the remainder of the process in greater detail :)
Now simply add your 3" border :)
Cut out your whirly-gig squares using your twister tool :)
Sew your "whirly-gig" squares into rows :)
And then sew your rows into your quilt top :)
So, what have you managed to try new during this crazy busy holiday week :) Please share.