Monday, October 10, 2011

Guest #49 Melissa with The "Whirly-Gig" Quilt Made Easy and giveaway of Betz White newest Collection

I am so excited to be guest blogging here today at Sew We Quilt!!  My name is Melissa Corry from Happy Quilting. And I have to say, that I am so excited to share this tutorial.  

I have always wanted to make a "Whirly Gig" quilt (is that the technical name??) but always figured I would do it "someday" because cutting individual pieces with templates and then sewing on lots of angels just sounded like a project to put off.  And it continued to get put off.  That is until a few weeks ago when I was at my Local Quilt Shop and found the greatest little tool that in two days changed my "Whirly Gig" quilt from the "someday" back shelf to the Display Shelf.  


And since I know there are many of you out there that probably would love to have your own "Whirly Gig" quilt that is fast and fun to put together, I decided to do a tutorial along the way :)  So let's get to it!!

MATERIALS NEEDED
2 Charm Packs or 80 5" Squares
1/3 Yard Print for the Whirly Gig Border cut into four 3" x WOF strips
1 Yard Print for Backing
1/3 Yard Print for for Binding   (I used the same print that was used for my Border)
A Lil' Twister Cutting Tool by CS Designs

STEP 1 - MAKING A SQUARE QUILT GRID

Ironically enough, you start to make this quilt by making a basic 8 x 8 square quilt.  Now since this is the Wantobe Quilters campaign, I will be going through the individual steps of making a basic 8 x 8 square quilt.  If you are already familiar with how to do this, please feel free to skip down to Step 2.

Choose 64 of your 5" squares and lay them out in an 8 rows by 8 columns grid, as shown below.  Go ahead and play around with the placement until you get a layout that is pleasing to the eye.  This won't be the final layout but it will help to keep good color separation   


Once you have the prints in the placement you like stack the rows up individually making sure to keep the first block in the row at the top of the stack. (see below)  Now label each row with a number 1 through 8.  I just use a scrap piece a paper with a pin stuck in it for this :)


And now you are ready to start sewing your top together.  Start with your row 1 stack and the first two squares in the stack.

Lay your first square onto your second square in the stack with right sides together.  You can pin these if you like but it is not necessary.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the edge of your two squares.  There is no need to get up and run to the iron just yet, we will get to that.


Open your now pieced together squares 1 and 2.  Lay square three onto square 1 with right sides together.  Once again pin if you like.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the edge of squares 2 and 3.  Just keep repeating this process until you have sewn all 8 squares in the row.


Your row should look like this.  Now go ahead and repeat the process for all 8 rows.


Now you are ready to head to the ironing board.  You want to press your rows in opposite directions so it makes it easier to match seams in the next step.  So go ahead and press all of the seams in your odd numbered rows to the left and all of your seams in the even numbered rows to the right.  (or vice versa, just keep the odd rows and even rows going in opposite directions :)


Now you are ready to start sewing the completed rows together.  Find your Row 1 and Row 2 from your pressed pile. You will know the start square in each row because it will have the label in it. (hence, why the labels are important :)


Lay your Row 1 onto your Row 2 with right sides together.  Now it is very important to pin and to pin properly. Start by matching the seams in your two pieces.  Remember, they are pressed in opposite directions so they should lay perfectly next to each other.  When you have "nested" (the term for having the seams lie next to each other" a seam put a pin in it.  Do this will all of your seams and then pin the edges of the rows.  It is okay if you have a little bubble here or there, that will work itself out.  It is far more important to make sure your seams are lined up then it is to make sure it lays perfectly flat.

When it is all pinned sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge, remembering to remove the pins as you sew.  It is a bad habit to sew over pins (I say this because I am still working on breaking it).  Once you have finished sewing go ahead and press your seam.  (I like to press this one open but you do what feels comfortable :)


Now Row 1 and 2 are sewn together and you are ready to move onto Row 3.  This is the same process as before.  Just lay Row 3 onto Row 2 with right sides together, pin your seams, sew your 1/4" and press.


And continue repeating that process until you have sewn all 8 rows together.  Yippee Skippee!!!  Your 8 x 8 Quilt Grid is now done and now you just have to add a border.


STEP 2 - ADDING BORDERS TO THE SQUARE QUILT GRID

Grab two of your "Whirly Gig" Border strips that you have already pre-cut.  Lay them along the sides of the quilt with right sides together and the excess overhanging the edge.  Once again, it isn't necessary to pin, you can just align as you go, but if you prefer to go right ahead.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the edge of the two sides and then trim the excess.

Now grab your remaining 2 strips and repeat the same process, this time adding the borders to the top and bottom of the quilt.   Give the entire quilt top a good pressing.


And your top is done and you are ready to cut it all up!!  Yup, that's right, you sewed this quilt together just to cut it up.  But trust me, it is a lot of fun to cut it up!!!



STEP 3 - MAKING IT "WHIRLY-GIG"

 Get out your Lil' Twister Cutting tool.  These can be found at just about every local quilt shop or on-line at just about any on-line quilt store.  They are super popular right now so it shouldn't be hard to track one down :)


Start up in the top corner of your 8 x 8 square grid quilt.  Lay your Lil Twister cutting tool so that the cross bars on the tool match up with the intersecting seams of your quilt top.  (as seen below)  Now using your rotary cutter, simply cut around the tool.  (you have a little leway around each seam so it is okay if you go over each edge 1/4" but not much more than that)


Lay your square just above your cutting area.  It is important to keep them in the same order that you are cutting them out :)  Now align your cutting tool onto the next intersection and once again, cut around the tool.


Continue this process across the entire first row.  You will have 9 squares when you are finished.  Now you can move onto cutting out a second row.  Once again, align the cross bars on the tool with the intersecting seams on your quilt and cut out around the tool.


Continue until you have cut all 9 squares out of the second intersection row.   You can trim off the little remaining center squares and toss them or scrap them. (Depending on how small of scraps you like to keep.)  Now go ahead and set your grid quilt aside for a minute.  (I found it best not to get to far ahead in the cutting so as not to create confusion on aligning my blocks.)


And you are ready to align your rows.  Simply twist each square about 45 degrees so that your whirly-gig's line up and the color prints all match.  Super easy and oh so super cute!!!!


Once you have your first two rows lined up it is just like quilting our square grid from before.  Start with Row 1 and lay square 1 onto square 2 with right sides together. Pin if you like, and then sew a 1/4" seam along the edge.

Continue adding square by square until all 9 blocks are sewn together creating your New Row 1.  Now just repeat with the other 9 squares to create your New Row 2.  And now you are ready to sew the two rows together.  


Lay your Row 1 onto your Row 2.  Once again, make sure to align each of the seam sets and pin them so they "nest".  Once all the seams are pinned, sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge removing pins as you go.  And lastly press.


 Now you can just continue to repeat the process over and over.  Cut a row, Sew a row together, and then sew it on your "Whirly Gig" top.


And when you no longer have any of your 8 x 8 Quilt Grid top left you should have a top that looks similar to this!!  Yippee Skippee!!!  Wasn't that just so fun, and so very easy!!


STEP 4 - ADDING THE FINAL BORDER


Just about all done.  Personally, I like to use up most of my charms in a charm pack so I added one more border.  So . . . grab 15 more charm or 5" squares and cut them in half so they are 2 1/2" x 5".

Now we are simply going to sew them into a long line.  Just start with two pieces laid with right sides together and sew a 1/4" seam along the short edge.  Just keep adding pieces on to the end until all the rectangles are sewn into 1 long line.

Now, lay your border strip along the edge of the quilt.  (It doesn't matter which side you start with, just pick any old one :)  Measure the length needed to be equal to the length of the top and trim at the edge.


Now, lay the border along the edge of the quilt with right sides together.  Pin along the edge and then sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge.  Go ahead and press your new seam.


Now grab  your border strip once again and this time you are going to align it up along the next side of your quilt.  So it will start aligning up along the border you just sewed on.  Once again, measure the length you need for that side of the quilt and trim the excess.  Then lay your border with right sides together along the edge of the quilt, pin, sew 1/4" seam, and press.  You get the idea right.  Repeat for the final 2 sides.


And TaDa!!!  Your Whirly-Gig Top is complete!!!  Now just finish it up, whether you like to tie it, free motion quilt it, or sent it off to be done.  Wasn't that just so much fun!!  Seriously, I had a blast making mine and I hope that you have an equally wonderful time putting your own "Whirly-Gig" quilt together :)


This completed top measures 30" x 30" and works perfect for a wall hanging or a quilt for a new little wee-one.  And the great thing about the Lil' Twister is you can make any size you want, just start with a smaller or larger Quilt Grid :)  Oh, and one last thing . . . If you want larger Whirly-Gig's you can use the big brother of the Lil'Twister called the Twister.  It uses the exact same method it just starts with 10" squares instead of 5" squares.


So that is is from Me :)  I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and it inspires you to make your own Whirly-Gig Masterpiece.  If it does, I would love for you to add it to my Flickr Tutorial group.  I always love seeing people's projects :)  Thank you again to Madam Samm for having me and have a Happy Quilting Day!!!

Editors note:
Funny thing about Melissa's post today....
the day she wrote it- it was from a hospital room
delivering her 5th child ( a girl). She said it was likely
the only time she would have time to  to do this....Listen, with
5 children now, I don't think I would have my mind on
tutorials. But are we glad she accomplished such a feat...
Being a MUMM and a great designer.... so in your honor
today.....

Giveaway today is for our Wantobes


( not available till Dec 2011)
 But we have some to giveaway....
along with some Presencia Finca #8 threads
and  can found here at Janes Fabrics

Ohhh and for our Blog Sponsor look...
An Angled Ruler and we have some fabric for you too..
This specialty ruler is from Creative Grid
( you never have to look anywhere else for RULERS-
they have the ones that never slip, accurate...and MY STAMP
of APPROVAL....
and designed by 

SEW would you like brand new collection?
Threads.....? Ruler...?

Please go and visit Melissa
and follow her...you will be 
sew inspired by all that she does
with 5 children...5 ....
And yes follow here....

Big thanks goes out to Melissa, Robert Kaufman,
Colonial Needle, Joan Hawley, Creative Grid...
and YOU, for being part of this campaign
that has only  3 weeks left...
YOU can still win, but you must
leave a comment to win...do that
and I will cross my fingers and toes
( I can do that) for YOU!


I just returned home...we were with the in-laws
...thank you for everyone who shared Melissa's address..
HOW nice of you all..

172 comments:

  1. What a wonderful tutorial. I will definitely have to look for that ruler. I've always loved that quilt pattern, but it's just looked over my head. I think this will make it doable! Thank you for sharing with us. Great giveaway today for a Wannabe!

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  2. hmmm guess this is take two...
    just wnated to say, great tutorial!
    i would have never figured those out.
    i wonder at the creativity that is able to create some of these patterns, they are amazing!
    hope you are getting some rest...
    thank you again madame samm for furthing our quilting education and the pretty pretty fabrics. they would make a great whirly gigy quilt :)
    hope this comment works this time.

    kidsrn

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  3. I followed Melissa, and ended up looking at a few of her posts that she made on her blog. Great looking quilts!!

    I wished I would have known about this ruler, I was just at Joann's store today grabbing a few things. This quilt "Whirly-Gig" seems like fun!!

    Melissa, please get some rest! Thank you for taking the time in writing the tutorial up. I appreciate it!!

    Thanks for a great chance in winning this great giveaway collection. Good luck everyone!

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  4. I love the whirlygig quilt, thought cutting out the squares gives me the heebie-jeebies! I am already a follower her and at Melissa's, so please throw my name in the drawing for wantobe's! My sponsor is atwillowtreepond dot blogspot dot com

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  6. What a great tutorial! I wonder if I'll ever be able to make such a beautiful quilt!
    I'm a wantobe quilter, sponsored by amy @ diary of a quilter.
    And thank you for the chance to win this great giveaway! I'm in desperate need for some pretty fabric to start making my first quilt =)

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  7. Good morning! Fantastic tutorial! This is definitely one quilt on my to-do l8ist. My friends are all making them so I want to get in on the action!

    Melissas link takes you to an email form and not to her blog but I copied and pasted the link that was in the address of the email and went over to sign up for her newsletter. I hope it took me to the correct place.

    Please sign Allie Coburn up for the giveaway as she is the wantobequilter! She is sponsored by SewCalGal!

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  8. Good morning Melissa & Madame Samm...I have vowed never to miss another date...lol I love this pattern and who would think of something like this to make it much easier. I will have to see if Joanne's has this ruler and give it a whirl, no pun inteded..thanks Melissa, Madame Samm and all of our sponors for giving us such wonderful gifts..
    You are appreciated!

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  9. I hope I can win!! I am a Wantobe, follower to Melissa and here. Sponsor is staci from the confused quilter
    Finger crossed!

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  10. Wow, I wanted to make this quilt for ages, as I loved the design so much but had no idea how to! No I just need the ruler to fix it and ok, a little bit of my stash! Thanks for this great tutorial! I hope I win sometime during this campaign, especially today! Otherwise I know where to buy it LOL!

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  11. "I an a Wantobe Quilter" my Sponsor is Michelle from theRaspberryRabbits

    Thank ~you so much Melissa!! I LOVE this quilt, and your tutorial is just perfect for me to follow too!! I am following your Blog too!

    Good Morning Madame, I hope you had a Great Holiday Week end quilting!! I follow you too! Thanks to all these wonderful Sponsors, Robert Kaufman, Colonial Needle, Joan Hawley, Creative Grid, for such fabulous products!!

    Huggs, Nancy
    Mrs. Nancy Ghastlie

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  12. What an interesting little tool; someday I'll be trying the whirlygig quilt. Melissa shows so much on her blog as well; who knows how she does it all with 5 cute little kiddos. I am sponsored by Amy at Diary of a Quilter and follow Melissa and Stash Manicure!

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  13. Fun quilt and great tutorial--thanks for sharing! I'm a wantobe sponsored by Amy at Diary of a Quilter and I am a follower of Melissa and here. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  14. I once tried to make a quilt like this...didn't get to far...to much work. Now...a new way that I think I would like to try it again

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  15. Love the fabrics, especially adding the black stripe - wonderful tutorial, Melissa! You make it look so easy!
    Wow, looks like a fun batch of loot for the drawing today! Thanks, Madame Samm!

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  16. Had no idea this quilt was made this way!! Great tutorial! I'm a wantobe and sponsored by Kathy's Cottage. I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to win this fabric!!!!!!!!

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  17. I have my 'lil twister and my charm pack - Fresh Flowers. Now I just need time to make the quilt! I am a wantobe sponsored by Mary on Lake Pulaski. I have been following Melissa for quite a while. Not sure how she does it, but her blog makes me Happy. :)

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  18. Love this tutorial! I saw this template the other day and just had a big puzzle on my face! Looked too hard! But now after seeing this tutorial - I want to make one of these sew bad! I thought one in christmas fabrics would look great! I am sponsored by Raspberry Rabbits.

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  19. I read the note to the right that says these last three weeks are open to all, so I'm posting to say atta girl Melissa! I'm a long time follower of both Melissa and Sew We Quilt. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  20. Thank you so much for taking the mystery out of this quilt. I will have to make one of these. Congratulations on your 5th baby! You are one Super Mom! Thanks Madame Sam for all your hard work, too!

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  21. thank you Melissa and congrats on baby girl all of them are such blessings... I love this idea and Im a wanna be quilter and Im sponsored by Kd quilts

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  22. Thank you Melissa, for this great little tute! That angle ruler looks like fun.

    I've been a follower of Melissa for a long while now, love her little blog! And her new dd is darling.

    Thanks Samm!

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  23. I've been a follower of Melissa's for a little while and I love her blog! The tutorial is very nice, but still a bit intimidating! I'll have to suck it up and give it a try because I love the end result. Thank you Madame Samm - and all your wonderful sponsors - for another great giveaway. I'm a wantobe and I'm sponsored by Jane's Fabric & Quilts. Thanks!

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  24. I'm a Melissa follower. Great tut..

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  25. I am a quilter and therefore not entering but had to comment...I keep saying I need to get one of those rules. I think this post may have convinced me. Thanks for sharing.

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  26. I have been Melissa follower so some time. She amazes me how musch she can get done with her busy life.

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  27. I'm a quilter, and a long-time follower of Happy Quilting! I love this tutorial, and I hope my Wantobes are tuning in today! Lovely prizes - thank you sponsors! Thanks Madame, and thank you, Melissa for a very informative tut!

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  28. Wow great tutorial. And I love the fabric and yes I would try a whirly gig too.
    thanks
    cathy

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  29. That is a great tutorial ~ love it! I am a follower and my sponsor is Amy at Amy's Creative Side.

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  30. Great tutorial. Melissa is a great quilter!

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  31. Great tutorial! I am a wantobe sponsored by Amy of Diary of a quilter. I am a follower.

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  32. Wow! It looks so complicated, but you make it look easy (and fun too!). Thanks for the colorful tutorial! I'm a wantobe who's now a follower of Melissa (and here too!) who came here from Diary of a Quilter.

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  33. I have wondered how to make these! Quilt blocks always look so complex, but often they are a result of just being placed next to another similar colored component. Very cool!

    I am a wantobe sponsored by Jennifer at Ellison Lane. I follow you, and I now follow Melissa (though it took me awhile to figure it out because the links are going to an email, and then when I tried to type it in, there was an error the first few times! but I got it now!)

    Happy Monday!

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  34. You make it look so easy - going to have to make one now! Thanks

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  35. Your tutorial made something that looks difficult easy to make. I would love to sew with the Presencia thread on the new Stitch fabric. Hope to find the twister soon. I'm a wantobe quilter sponsored by Lily Pad Quilting. I follow here and now Melissa's blog. Thanks to sponsors, Melissa. and Madame Samm.

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  36. WOW....what a great tutorial! I'm already a follower over at Happy Quilting and of course a follower here! Jane's Fabrics is my sponsor! Thanks for the chance!

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  37. Now that is a project I can handle! Much more manageable now!

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  38. I have been Melissa follower so some time. She amazes me how much she can get done with her busy life. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  39. What a fin tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing. Congratulations on your daughter.

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  40. Great quilt and a great tutorial. Thank you, and congrats on the new baby!

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  41. Great tutorial! I'm a follower and would love to win...thanks for the opportunity!

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  42. I am in LOVE with those fabrics!

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  43. Melissa you continue to inspire me! Writing this tutorial while baby J sleeps next to you in the hospital is over the top. :) blessings, marlene

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  44. I love that quilt-I have to get that tool. It's great to see how complicated looking quilts are broken down into doable steps! I follow Happy Quilting, you and am sponsored by Ellison Lane Quilts.

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  45. Let me say thank you to Melissa for a great tutorial. It seems awful to cut up a completed quilt top. But I guess that is how you have to do it.

    I am following Melissa but it seems that the link is messed up. There is an @ in it and it didn't go there when I clicked it. I managed to find her blog but others may need the working link.
    http://happyquiltingmelissa.blogspot.com/

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  46. I already follow Melissa and thanked her for the great tutorial. I have the twister, just need to take it out and use it now!

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  47. How does Melissa have time with 5 kids to make them beautiful quilts.
    I am a follower of Melissa and you. Sponsor is Kathy at Its Only Natural.

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  48. Great tutorial! I am already a follower of Melissa! I am a wantobe and my sponsor is A Stitch in Time.

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  49. This was a fantastic entry. It makes me want to try this. There hasn't been another good entry for months.

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  50. I already follow Melissa and I follower here too! Thanks for the great tutorial...I love the Lil'Twister and hope to try it sometime. You make it look so easy!

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  51. I have always wanted to make one of these also - fabulous tute!!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  52. The tutorial was fantastic! This is such a fun quilt to make! I am a follower!

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  53. Thanks for the great tutorial. I have the little twister ruler but haven't tried it yet because I needed more instructions. Now I feel more confident to try it.

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  54. Yay Melissa! She was my sponsor before Samm decided I'm not a wannabe. Bah!

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  55. Oh, how fun!! Thanks for the tutorial!! And I already follow Melissa!!

    FYI - not sure if this happens to everyone - but when I clicked on the link to Melissa's blog it was trying to email her. The link needs to be changed from '@' to a '.'

    Maybe no one else is having a hard time - but just wanted to let you know!!

    Good luck everyone!! And congrats on #5!! Have fun!!

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  56. I am a want to be from Amy @ Diary of a quilter. Putting my name in to try for a win! I never would have even guessed the method of putting that quilt together. Fun Technique!

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  57. Still a wantobe sponsored by Kelly at IHAN. Thank you for all the wonderful tutorials ~ they are very inspiring.

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  58. Such a great tut. Love it. Now to add it to my 'to-do list'. I already follow Melissa and I follow you, Madam Sam. My sponser is Grmama Jane.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  59. Love this line, especially the chevron stripe! I'm a Wantobe and my sponsor is Diary of a Quilter. :)

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  60. I loved the tutorial!! Amazing design!

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  61. Amazing tutorial! That will be one for when I'm a veteran quilter. I'm a wantobe quilter, sponsored by Freda @ Adventures of the Empress of the Universe.

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  62. Wow. Who thinks these things up? Very cute quilt, Melissa, and thanks for introducing me to this new way to make a Whirligig quilt. I am a new follower of your blog. Congratulations on your new arrival, btw! Already follow you, Mme. Samm and I would love to win today! Feeling rather lucky.....

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  63. Now a follower of Happy Quilting. What a great quilt!

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  64. What an awesome tutorial from Melissa. Of course, all her tutorials are always so wonderful and very thorough with great instruction. Thank you so much Melissa!

    I am already a follower of her blog as well as an email subscriber.

    Funny she did this tutorial for this template. I have seen the larger one awhile back and just knew I wanted to try it. Then two weeks ago at my beginning quilt piecing class the quilt store had just gotten in the Lil' Twister. Sadly, I couldn't buy it but did have plans to go this week when I finally get paid again; at least I hope I can buy it this time. Her tutorial came at a great time for me so now if I can still get this I'll know exactly how to use it.

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  65. what a great tut..I will certainly put that on my list...it looks like fun...I am a quilter....maybe I misunderstood but I thought the next 3 weeks were open to all....thanks for a great giveaway...

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  66. I am a follower of Happy Quilting (love her!). I don't think I could have ever figured this one out on my own - THANKS!! I follow here and Lily Pad Quilting is my sponsor.

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  67. This is a fun quilt to make. I would love to win today :)

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  68. Great tutorial! Now that I'm following Melissa, I can't wait to see what else she has on her blog!

    I'm a wantobe and my blog sponsor is Amy w/ Diary of a Quilter.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  69. Great tutorial! I'm not following Melissa. Diary of a Quilter is my sponsor, I'd love to win this one! Thanks!!!

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  70. What great timing...I just finished my first Lil' Twister quilt yesterday (only have to add the binding)!! Fun tutorial by Melissa...I'm now a follower of her blog; here of course and my sponsor is Kelly @ IHAN.

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  71. This really looks like a fun quilt to make. I will look for that ruler and give it a try. Also I would like to win.

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  72. That quilt is amazing and I would love to try it some time. Thanks for sharing this great tutorial. I am a wantobe and The Raspberry Rabbits if my sponsor.

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  73. love it! my sponsor is diary of a quilter

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  74. Hmmmm...the link to Melissa's blog didn't work for me - it just opened up an email. I did a search of the net and found her blog and am now following her.

    Gosh, I just bought one of these rulers at a local quilt shop a couple of weeks ago. I loved the pattern and was amazed when the clerk explained the process to me. I am so pleased to have Melissa's tut so that when I begin making my quilt, I'll have extra help. The shop offered 3 different sizes of this ruler and I got the smallest. Probably should have started with the larger size. That's me though, always making it harder on myself! Thanks, Melissa.

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  75. Great Tut, thanks Melissa. I am already a follower at Melissa's...(cute darlin' new babe!)

    I am a wantobe from team LilyPad Quilting...


    Thanks Madame Samm and all the fantastic sponsors who have made this campaign possible.

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  76. I had no idea how that was going to work out but it did! I don't know how people think of this on their own lol... thanks Melissa!

    Follower there, here and my sponsor is A Stitch in Time

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  77. I already follow Melissa and I follower here too! Thanks for the great tutorial...I love the Lil'Twister and hope to try it sometime. You make it look so easy!
    I'm a wantobe and my blog sponsor is Fabraholic

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  78. Wow Melissa is amazing! Blogging and Birthing at the same time - a whole new level of multi-tasking.

    The Tutorial was great, easy to follow and she made us wait for the "twist" that revealed all! Neato tool.

    Thanks for the chance Madame Samm and Happy Thanksgiving. Turkey is in the oven, pies are baked so I can take a few to visit you!

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  79. The twist is great...can't wait to make this one!
    My sponsor is Ariane (Happy Thanksgiving!)

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  80. what an adorable quilt! I'd be so scared to cut into it!
    I'm following melissa & her of course. Amy @ diary of a quilter is my sponsor.

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  81. I'm not eligible for the giveaway but I'm grateful for the tutorial. I have "challenge" fabric that has to be found and this is the plan -- and this tutorial is SO much better than others I've been able to find...and I have a 10" twister is also waiting for use.

    Thanks. Jan

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  82. Yet again I have another tool to add to my list of wants: Lil Twister! I have seen these quilts, but never had the courage to try to make one. Melissa makes this complicated looking quilt seem so easy. And it looks fabulous.
    What a wonder woman! Doing all this while having a new baby. Puts me to shame. :-(

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  83. Cute quilt!!! And SUUUUPER cute fabric too!!! :)

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  84. I am a wantobe and my sponsor is janesfabrics.blogspot.com. I love this quilt. I would have never dreamed it was put together like it is. Very clever! I am a new follower of Melissa. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  85. I puchased this on a recent shop hop bus tour that I went on and haven't had a chance to try it yet! Thank you so much for the great tutorial! I loved it! This is Kim and I am sponsored by Marcia's Crafty Sewing and also am a new follower of Melissa! Great day all!

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  86. Perfect project - I've been wanting to make one of these for awhile now. This was a great tutorial. And as a mother who just gave birth in July to my own 5th child all I can say is WOW. Writing a tutorial on anything was definitely not on my list that day! HA.

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  87. I follow Melissa and of course I follow this site to. That was a great tutorial! I'v been wondering how people make those. I'm a wantobe quilter and my sponsor is Amy at Diary of a Quilter.

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  88. Wow! Great tutorial, but sure looks like a lot of work to me.
    thanks for sharing.

    I'm a wanta be wanting to win and my sponser is Dionn Stott.

    Thanks Madam Samm.

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  89. Great tutorial!! I already follow Mellisa and Sew We Quilt!!! I'm a wantobe sponsored by Lily Pad Quilting!! Thanks and have a great day :)

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  90. I already follow Melissa! She's amazing and so is this tutorial! I enjoyed this post very much! Thanks for sharing Melissa! Thanks to Robert Kaufman, Colonial Needle, Joan Hawley, Creative Grid, and you, Madame Samm! I follow this blog, and my blog sponsor is Jane's Fabrics!

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  91. Beautiful quilt!! I'm a wantabe, sent by Stitchinbythelake.

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  92. Great tutorial - I've wanted to make that quilt for a while. 5 kids! I would get nothing done! Thank you Melissa and Madame Sam!

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  93. Who knew? I'm amazed everyday at the creativity folks come up with. I'm already a blog follower.

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  94. This is awesome, I'm following Melissa and here sponsored by diary of a quilter.

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  95. oh yay! i'm a faithful follower of melissa's (my sponsor)!
    love this tutorial-i think i could do it!!
    thanks so much.

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  96. Great tutorial. I would have never figured that out.

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  97. Jackie at Canton Village Quilt Works introduced the Lil' Twister a while back and it sounded daunting, but fabulous. Melissa's sunshiny tutorial makes me think I could totally conquer this. Lovely work! I follow Happy Quilting, the fabulous Madame Samm, and my sponsor is Lily Pad Quilting. Thanks, ladies!

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  98. Wonderful tutorial. I'm a WANTOBE, but this looks like something I might be able to try! I'm registered with Jane's Fabrics. Pick me pick me =)

    hdelacruz15@gmail.com

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  99. Well that was one of the best tutorials ever - would you believe that I have both sizes of the twister and the fabric and just did not know how to get started - thanks so much Melissa ! You are amazing !

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  100. This tutorial is great! It looks so easy. These are the ones I will try. I am a want to be quilter and Amy of Diary of a quilter is my sponsor.

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  101. Wow! Don't know which impresses me more... The tutorial (which I adore and so need!!) or the fact that you had a quiet moment with 5 middle...well yep... Quiet moment hands down! Thank you though for the tutorial as I have the ruler but no kick in the hind quarters to get whirlin with it that I do now....... :) blessings to you and all your little ones and thank you Samm for you continued dedication!!

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  102. Great tutorial and a beautiful quilt.
    I´m a follower to Melissas Blog too, so I´ll immediately jump bag to congratulate ☺
    Thanks for the chance to win, great giveaway!

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  103. What a great tutorial - I love that quilt! I'm going to have to find one of those rulers! I'm already a follower of Melissa's & a follower here. My wantobe quilter sponsor is Jane's fabrics! Thanks for another wonderful giveaway!! :)

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  104. what a quilt! I am a wantobequilter a follower of Melissa`s and here. sue at quilttimes is my sponsor :)

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  105. Great tutorial Melissa. Love your whirlygig quilt!

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  106. Wow Melissa for a great tutorial. Just love it and will, one day, give it a try. I am a Wantobe quilter and Jane is my sponsor and I follow both you and Melissa now. By the way Melissa's address for anybody else that wants to know is www.happyquiltingmelissa.blogspot.com
    Patti xxx

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  107. Awesome tutorial. Following both blogs and I'm a wantobe sponsored by Marcia @ Crafty sewing and quilting

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  108. Sweet tutorial! Looks like Pinwheels to me! I have a fondness for Pinwheels. I'm Following Melissa's blog. She has some really cute quilts to admire! I'm a wantobe quilter!

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  109. Thanks for another great tutorial! I'm following here, and Melissa, sponsored by diary of a quilter. Would love to win some fabric!

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  110. What a wonderful tutorial and Melissa is beyond the best for taking the time for this! thank you! I follow both places. Wantobe and wantowin - such a lovely prize! sponser -stitching by the lake! thank you.

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  111. Thank you for that very informative tutorial. I have always loved these types of quilts. I will definately be on the look out for this ruler.

    This is for my daughter, Jennifer, the wantobe.

    Thank you again,
    Wanda
    http://wandas-quilts-crafts.blogspot.com/

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  112. Thank for this wonderful tutorial. It's amazing!!!I'm Following Melissa's blog. My sponsor is Jane. Have a great day!!

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  113. I have another ruler by them!! but I think this one is SO much cuter! thanks for sharing!

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  114. Thank you for this tut. You made something that looks so hard, look very easy. And congrats on your new baby:)

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  115. I am a follower of hers and I appreciate the tutorial. I have the Lil Twister but have not tried it yet. I need to do it.

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  116. I'm a quilter and I'd love these fabrics! I know it says for wantobes but it also says open for all for the next three weeks! I'm following Melissa, and Madame Samm. I will definitely need a picture of the charming end result of this tutorial to help me work up the courage to cut into this quilt top!! Gorgeous.

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  117. I'm hoping that I am the winner of this fabric. I need something fresh and colorful in my stash.

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  118. I bought the Lil Twister a year ago but then forgot about it until I saw Melissa's tutorial here. I am so happy that now I can make a Lil Twister quilt! Thanks for the great tutorial Melissa!

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  119. Wow, so much creativity makes my head spin -- like a whirly gig, I guess! :) I would love to try this project, Melissa made it seem so easy peasy!

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  120. (P.S. -- I am trying to follow Melissa, but the links take me to her email address, not her blog. :( Has anyone else had this trouble?)

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  121. What a great tutorial. That is really neat how that quilt is made. You did a great job of showing each step and even with me being a beginner, I think I could make this. I'm going to share this with my Mom as well.

    Thank you for the giveaway and a chance to win. Of course I'm a follower here as well of Happy Quilting. I'm registered with Clover & Violet.

    missmoozie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  122. great tutorial but it looks a little too complicated for me just yet.
    I'm a wannabe sponsored by debbie from designs by debbie and I follow here and tried to follow Melissa but when I clicked the link it took me to an email form :(

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  123. Thanks so much for the wonderful tutorial. I will be going out to find the Lil Twister.

    Thanks to the sponsors and Madame Samm. You are all terrific.

    I'm a wantobe sponsored by quiltingbydawn. I follow here and at Melissa's.

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  124. I had the same problem trying to follow Melissa but I found it. The site is .... Happyqultingmelissa.blogspot.com
    I'm not sure how to link it but you can just enter this address.

    Good Luck Everyone!!

    missmoozie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  125. well, that looks easy and cool! too bad I didn't see this post BEFORE I visited the quilt store... might have to go back for a new template...

    thanks!

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  126. WOW! She really makes that looks so easy! Thank you Melissa!

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  127. Wow, that was one pretty quilt. I joined her blog. Cute stuff.
    wantobe
    CJ in NC w/Shadetree Quilting

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  128. What a cute quilt - I never would have guessed how to make it! Thanks for the tutorial! I'm a wantobe sponsored by Linda from Buzzing and Bumbling.

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  129. Great tute, Melissa! I've seen this ruler around before, but your tute is best! Now since Melissa is my sponsor, wouldn't it be cool if we won this giveaway? Fingers and toes crossed... baby needs a new pair of shoes. Shahann at yahoo dot com (Wantobe quilter).

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  130. This a great tutorial and a great way to make this pretty easy quilt pattern look difficult. Love it , and by the way, Congratulations on the new arrival Melissa.
    I need this ruler, so I have to find it if I am not the lucky winner.

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  131. well isn't that Melissa a sweetheart, she sent me an email with the link to her blog and now I'm officially a follower over there :)

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  132. Wasn't sure where this tutorial was going at first but was truly amazed at how easy you made it look. It is a beautiful quilt is not added to my to do list. I'm a wanttobe quilter sponsored by Jane's Fabric and Quilts.

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  133. I already follow Melissa and I love reading her blog. i follow yours as well and am a wantobe quilter sent by lilypadquilting.

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  134. I received the glitch email....now following Melissa.. My sponsor is Ariane

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  135. I love this tutorial and would be honored to win the giveaway.
    I'm following everyone and my sponsor is Katherine at Sew Me Something Good.

    Thanks,
    Lisa

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  136. Thanks for sharing another great tutorial. Following Melissa's blog now. Amy at Diary of a Quilter is my sponsor!

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  137. Thanks for the tut-it's a neat idea.
    I'm now a follower of Melissa's and here of course.
    My sponsor is Amy @Diary of a Quilter. Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  138. How wonderful! Thanks for the chance to enter. I am a wantobe quilter.

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  139. I have been following Melissa for a while and now follow you. I'm a fairly new quilter, but am enjoying it and am in the process of writing up a tutorial on my blog for a quilted circular knitting needle holder.

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  140. Wow! Now I know how these are done :) I follow Melissa's blog and here of course. My sponsor is Jennie from Clover & Violet. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  141. I am a wantobe quilter, sponsored by Stitchin by the Lake. I went to melissa's blog to thank her for her tutorial, it was so neat. thanks Samm. agnespat

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  142. I've always wondered how that was done--now I know...... Gotta make one or two.
    FranM

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  143. I'm already a follower of Melissa on Happy Quilting! Love her blog :) Very positive and always full of great ideas/tips! Thanks for the chance to win and great tutorial :)

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  144. I'm a wantobe quilter sponsored by Jane's Fabric. I follow Melissa, love her blog. I tried to do her star quilt a-long but decided I needed to purchase a quarter inch foot. This tutorial left me going huh at the twist and sew part but I think I'd have to have the pieces in front of me to figure it out.

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  145. thank you again madame samm for furthing our quilting education and the pretty pretty fabrics.I'm a wantobe quilter sponsored by Katusya.Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  146. so cool!
    I want to win...please

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  147. Loved the tutorial. It was very interesting and the tool made it look so easy.

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  148. I have the Twister and the L'il Twister. Really appreciate the tutorial! Now I can go use hem!

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  149. Am definitely going to look for this ruler. Thanks for the great tutorial as we just love to make quilts for charity using scraps. This will be lots of fun and a great way to shop from our own stashes. VBG Sewing with a smile, dottie

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  150. I can't wait to try this! I now follow the Happy Quilting blog and I of course follow this one. My sponsor is Amy at Diary of a Quilter.

    megromeo@gmail.com

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  151. great tutorial on a great quilt - I follow Melissa at her blog - I follow this blog and my sponsor is Amy's Creative Side - thanks Madame Samm

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  152. So, after a month, I'm back to follow your guests, my sponsor is Jane's Fabrics. I'm following both of you. This looks like a tricky technique. I may be ready for it in a few years.

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  153. Great tutorial, thank you for sharing! I think it'll take me some wrapping my head around it, lol, being a wanttobe and all!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  154. A great tutorial and neat ruler. I am always looking for new things to try. Lots of fun projects. :)

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  155. Love this quilt technique! I'm already following Melissa's blog and this one as well! Wantobe from Lily Pad Quilting! Thank you!

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  156. Thank you Samm for finding another great and talented quilter to show us a wonderful tutorial.
    I follow both of you gals and Shell too as my quilt blog host.

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  157. Hi, great tutorial. I am now following Melissa. I am a Wantobe with Jane's fabric & quilts. I love Stash Manicure. Thanks to all the sponsors.

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  158. Great tutorial! Thank you so much! I am a follower here and of Melissa. :)

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  159. Congrats Melissa! And thanks so much for taking time to write this tutorial.
    :o)
    Please pick me for the great giveaway....the fabric is fall-lovely! (and now I'm just itching to sew a
    "Whirly-gig quilt!)

    Darice
    mummy to 4 girls/4 boys!

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  160. Hi, I follow Melissa and follow Madame Samm. Thanks for the whirlygig tutorial! It is so interesting to learn how these beautiful quilts are made! I am a wantobe sponsored by Snoodles at Lilypad Quilting.

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  161. Congrats to you!! Great tutorial, the pictures really help to see the whole process. Enjoy your sweet baby.

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  162. I'm pretty much in awe of Melissa! Doesn't she need sleep?! Thanks, Melissa, for the tutorial. I have been admiring the twister quilts I've seen on the internet.

    I'm a follower here and I follow Melissa's blog, too. And I'm definitely a wannabe loving the ride here with team Lily Pad Quilting.

    These fabrics are LOVELY! I think they would look great with some other fabrics I have. Just so happens!

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  163. Jane from Chesapeake VAOctober 11, 2011 at 12:17 AM

    Sew enjoyed your site and sew enjoyed the tutorial. Who wouldn't want to quilt after reading all the guest spots. Thank you for the inspiration.

    Enjoy the day!

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  164. Great tut..Hope to try that one day..wannabe quilter here...Jane's Fabric my sponsor..And I follow you.Oh yes, I follow Melissa's blog also.

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  165. I'm a Wantobe and Melissa is actually my sponsor, so I follow her already! And of course I follow here!

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  166. Melissa is my sponsor since I don't have a blog. The rest of the story is that we were shopping together at these 2 great quilt shops. At the 1st I bought the larger Twister ruler and Melissa begged to borrow it. At the 2nd she found the smaller ruler. She took both rulers home and the NEXT DAY!!!!!showed me what she had made!!!! I guess she was excited!!!It's an even cuter quilt in real life. She really is amazing. Always something going on.

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  167. I am a Wantobe Quilter signed up with Linda@straystitches
    I follow Stash Manicure and Melissa

    Great tutorial & What a wonderful Giveaway (beautiful colors)
    Thank you Melissa, Robert Kaufman,
    Colonial Needle, Joan Hawley, Creative Grid...And Madame Samm

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  168. I don't know if I'd be brave enough to make a quilt and then carve it up to make whirlygigs! Loved seeing the tutorial, maybe I'll get brave enough one of these days.

    Thank you for the giveaway! My sponsor is Jennifer @ Ellison Lane.

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  169. Great tutorial Melissa!! I love all your step by step pictures! I am amazed you did this in the hospital. Good for you!!

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  170. Cute! And I love the easy 1/2 charm square border! I follow both of you.

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  171. I have been wanting to do a whirly gig quilt. I am going to have to get that ruler. The bigger one though.

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  172. Nice Blog, I have the small whirly its staying warm in Fl unlike me waiting to go. I plan on making a miniature whirly when I get down there this winter. Looks like a fun to do.Debbie Kelly
    http://somewhereinstitches.blogspot.com

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