Today we are sharing a fun technique that involves a Charm Pack and the "Lil' Twister Tool" created by Country Schoolhouse Designs. For this project we are using the "Oh My" charm pack by Sanae for Moda, but you can really use any charm pack or (36) 5" charm squares.
Everyone is always wondering, "How did you make that?" It may look difficult, but is actually A LOT easier than you think! Let us introduce you to the "Lil' Twister Tool." It's a small square ruler that allows you to easily make pinwheels without tracing or having to use templates.
This ruler has nice gripper feet on the bottom to prevent it from slipping around on your fabric. Let's get started and I'll show you how to use this nifty little guy!
Supplies you'll need for this tutorial:
- 1 charm pack or a variety of 36 - 5" squares
- 4 - 3" strips of white border fabric (or contrasting fabric to coordinate with your charms)
- Lil' Twister Tool
- Rotary Cutter, Cutting Mat, thread, etc.
- Outer border fabric as desired
- Quilt back fabric and binding fabric
- All seam allowances are 1/4"
First, lay out the 36 charm squares that you want to use. Using a 1/4" seam, sew 6 squares together to create a row, repeat this to create 6 rows. Press the seams on each row going in the opposite direction. Sew the 6 rows together to create one big block that is 6 squares across by 6 squares down.
Next, we are going to add a white border. Cut four (4) 3" strips. Measure the width of your large charm square block and cut the length of the borders accordingly. Sew on the borders and press.
After your borders are sewn on, it should now look like this:
Here comes the fun part! Now we get to use the Twister Tool. We're going to go from left to right. Place the Twister Tool in the upper left corner so that it is on the white border and overlapping the top row of charm squares. The lines on the Twister Tool will line up with your seams. The only exception is there will not be seams in the borders. Just use the seams from the charms to line up the tool.
Use your rotary cutter to cut around all four sides of the Twister Tool.
The cut pieces will look like this (the colored lines are to show where the original seams are):
Make sure to go from left to right, then top to bottom. It's easier to cut your piece and immediately bring it up and place it. Keep two rows together to make sure you're laying it out correctly.
Sew each row together, making sure not to stretch the fabric. You will have 7 rows total. Make sure to press the seams in alternating directions on every other row.
The fabric will be very stretchy. Try your best not to pull or stretch the fabric while you're pressing the seams.
Sew all 7 rows together and there you have it! Doesn't it look amazing?
You can also add borders...we added an inner border and outer border. Our inner border was cut at 1-3/4" and the outer border was cut at 4-1/2", however you can do them as large or small as you like.
Finished size of our table topper came out at 32-1/2" square.
Now for the EXTRA fun part! We are offering TWO GIVEAWAYS with this Table topper tutorial! So you have two chances to win a darling kit to make the Twister Tool Table Topper.
- For a chance to win the kit for the Table Topper used in this tutorial, be sure to leave your comment here on Madame Samm's blog. This fun kit includes everything you will need to complete your table topper (except batting)!
- For a chance to win another (different) Table topper kit, please visit the Quilted Works blog and leave a comment for us there!
Happy Spring everyone! And thanks again to Madame Samm for inviting us to be a guest blogger. We love quilting and sharing with you all!
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