Thursday, November 10, 2011

Guest Block Elaine...with a....3 D Twisty Tube....gotta love it...

Hi! It's me - The Truffle Queen, ie, Elaine! First of all - thank you, thank you, thank you Madame Samm for organizing yet ANOTHER block tutorial! When does she sleep?!!! Anyhooooo, I'm the one who did the paper pieced (PP) candy corn using freezer paper (FP). Well - I decided to do something a little different this time! Hope you enjoy it! I also hope you are loving the FP- PP method and have used it many times by now!  With winter coming on very quickly - it's such fun to turn on the TV and just sew, sew, sew! Heat up some apple cider - drop in a cinnamon stick - doesn't get much better!! Maybe some fudge to nibble on! or TRUFFLES!! Well - enough - here's my twist on a 3-D twisty tube block!!!

FP= freezer paper PP = paper piecing


3-D Twisty tube!!

For the pattern piece. I used a manilla folder because it was handy but you can use whatever is good for you!!
Cut 1 square - 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" (use your junky rotary cutter when you're cutting the folder for the pattern!!)



1. Draw a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner.



2. Measure 2" from each corner (on the drawn line) and mark it with a dot big enough to see!!


3. Using a quilting ruler with a 1" square grid - draw a line across the 2" mark from side to side - making sure your ruler line stays on the drawn diagonal line! Do this at the other end, too!



It will look like this!!

Now cut on the lines you just drew.  The center part is your pattern piece for the twisty tube piece!!  You can toss the other two pieces in the garbage!


With two contrasting fabrics cut two 5 1/2" squares - lay the pattern piece on the wrong side of the lightest of the two fabrics and draw the two lines. Sew 1/4" on each side of the two drawn lines. (The original pattern I found only had you sew on one side of the line and you ended up with a lot of triangles. If you sew that extra line, you get a little half-square triangle you can use in the border or whatever!!)


Now that you have sewn and cut - you need to turn the "tube" right-side out and press the seams!!


Cut a square (4 1/2") of fabric that will contrast with the twisty tube. Pin one end of the tube to a corner of the square. Sew a narrow seam on both sides of the corner of the tube so that when you piece the blocks these stitches will be hidden in the 1/4" seam allowance. It's best to back stitch at the both ends because when you piece the blocks the stitches want to come out!!


Twist the tube once and pin and sew the opposite end like you did in the above step! As you can see in this photo - one of the twists is "twistier" than the other!! The one in the upper left hand corner has a double twist (clockwise) and the one on the lower right has one twist! You can decide which you like better - with one twist you see both of the fabrics equally - with the double twist you don't see much of the contrasting fabric! Your choice!!

You can have the twists in every other block or just a few scattered over the quilt - turn some one way - and some the other way!

This is a great baby quilt! They can grab onto a twisty tube and drag it around with them or just hold onto when they're sound asleep! Sweet, huh?!

Of course, you could make them much bigger - just do a little math! If I decide to do that - I think I'll ask my resident rocket scientist! You know the expression "it isn't rocket science"... well sometimes there are quilting patterns that NEED a rocket scientist to figure them out!!  Hope this block doesn't fit in THAT category!!  I like the scrappy look - but this could be a "controlled" design quilt - for you "control" quilters! 

Time for some cider and an old "Closer" repeat on the TV!!   

55 comments:

  1. Cute block... and I love The Closer too!

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  2. Now this is a totally new experience. Not only is the process unique for me but I have never even seen a twister quilt like this. Great block. Love seeing something so new.

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  3. This is actually pretty cool! I think this would be fun for a kid, it'd be one of those touchy feely type of quilts. :)

    Thanks for sharing, and definitely pinterested this tutorial!

    Thanks for the share!

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  4. original !!!!!
    merci pour ce gentil partage et félicitations
    amitiés de France

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  5. That is one great idea. I'll have to try that one too..... The Closer is fantastic! Have fun.

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  6. Great tutorial for a fun block that I don't think a lot have been exposed to. Thank you for sharing with us today.

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  7. A wonderful block and I have never seen it before. I could think to use it to decorate a small purse to display scraps of wonderful fabrics that you could die for.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Un bloque muy original y un tutorial fantástico!!!!!!

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  9. Fantastic!!!! I´ve never seen that block before and I love it. I´m definitely gonna use it in a babyquilt.
    Thank you!
    Gun, Sweden.

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  10. Cool, and if it were to be a baby quilt, you could hide squeakers inside the twists to make noise too.

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  11. I love the block!!! Thaks for the tutorial!

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  12. Very unique block - I will have to try this. And I love that your sample block is in (almost) Mardi Gras colors: purple, green & gold!

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  13. I've never seen this before...you are a genious! And I love it with the bright fabrics!

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  14. Way Kool! Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  15. Unique block. I can imagine a toddler trailing the quilt behind.

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  16. I had never seen this block before but can see it making a really sweet quilt for a baby , big or small ;-) Thanks for the great tutorial.

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  17. Very interesting block with loads of potential. Terrific tutorial, very clearly done. Thank you.

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  18. Good morning Elaine We can always count on you to bring forward something new. And this is new to me...I too like the color choices oh the possibilities! Thanks sweetie

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  19. This is brilliant - gives me a great idea for a quilt! Love the dimension!! Thank you so much!!

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  20. What an interesting block! Thanks for sharing.

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  21. now that's so COOL! I've never seen anything like it

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  22. Love your block! That is so cute! Thanks for sharing!
    Is there a link to your blog in the post? Would love to hop over and see your blog!

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  23. I saw this block pattern in a book that I have and I've bookmarked it for a future project. Thanks for reminding me of such a great look.

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  24. Wow thank you so much Elaine..I love it and my grandbaby girl will love it too. Madame Samm I hope this will stay on your blog for awhile until I can get a printer for this new machine and something to sew with...Nice to be back.

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  25. certainly a different block..never seen it before..looks fun though.

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  26. Love it! and love the idea of having HST to go with it already done. Thanks for sharing.

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  27. Okay I'm going to try this one today! I need another pillow on my couch and a few of these would make a wonderful one! blessings, marlene

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  28. Unique and I could actually follow every step in your tutorial!! trust me, that is a miracle. I usually get lost about half way thru most tuts...it's me not the tutor. However, you performed Magic in making a TUT that I, Gmama, can understand. I have trouble seeing the 3D aspects of a tutorial but you made it easy peasy! I'm so excited!!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane
    Now if you could make paper piecing easy for me you would earn a jewel in your crown!

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  29. Oh, my goodness, Elaine! Yet again, another wower!! I already ♥♥♥ using your Paper-Piecing method, but I have never seen this one - another fun surprise you've passed along to us! Cool.

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  30. How cute! It's like a dimensional bow tie with no Y seams!! Love it.

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  31. Whoa! That is amazing! I have never seen anything like it! :o)

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  32. Nice to see another tutorial by you Elaine! Interesting 3-D block!

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  33. How cute is that!! Would make and adorable baby/child's quilt. I know I will try it.

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  34. Cute block Thanks for the tutorial of the 3-d method.

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  35. LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!!! I saw a quilt similar to this probably 6 months ago and saved the info but haven't been able to locate it again since. This is awesome. Thank you for posting this.

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  36. Wowser! This is new to me - I can so see this in some "feel good" fabrics for a wee one to snuggle in...and so easy to grab and toddle down the hall! Love it! Thanks for sharing this cool block!

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  37. Next project--for sure! Love it.

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  38. I love this block. I am thinking you could make the tubes different textures(minky on one side) and the child would love that different texture.

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  39. Way cute idea! As others have said, using Minky would be a good idea, and corduroy, and silky fabric, and denim...Add some ribbons for loops. These would make darling baby gifts.

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  40. This is just adorable. I love it in the bright colors.

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  41. Now how cute is this? I think it would make a wonderful pillow. I don't think I've ever seen anything so clever. Thank you for sharing. I can't wait to try it out. :)

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  42. What a cute block. And I love your choice of fabrics.

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  43. That is so nice and it looks really easy. How would you quilt it?

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  44. Elaine!!! What a great tut! I am so going to try this. Thanks!!

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  45. How fun and yes this block would make a super baby quilt. Thanks for a great tutorial. Sew great!

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  46. I've seen this, but did not know how to do it. Thanks. Great, easy to understand tut. Love the no waste with the triangle corners. On my to do list.
    PS-Love the Closer.

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  47. thanks for the wonderful comments! Love the idea with the "minky", etc!! How would I quilt it?! Slowly! lol Don't let your "foot" get under the "tie" with no way out!! EEK!!! I saw this pattern in a magazine and a friend had the pattern - but I "tweeked" it by twisting just once AND sewing those half-square triangles - a 2 for 1!! Bye until next time!!

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  48. Oh my gosh!!! LOVE this block. LOVE IT!!! So I know you said changing sizes is rocket science, BUT what would be the size of the center for a non-twisted block?

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  49. I am trying to make this quilt sq. and I am not sure what I am doing wrong.. It is pulling and making the fabric get all distorted... Please help me...LOVE THE 2 IN 1 Thing...http://armystrongfamilystrong.blogspot.com/

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  50. Thank you for sharing. It's a very cool technique. I will share it with my guild members.

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