Despite having a gazillion other projects that have been setting on my cabinet and in the closet waiting to be tackled, I decided to start a patriotic twister quilt as a spur of the moment idea. I think that I would have actually gotten the whole top assembled, and maybe even quilted had it not been for the power outage. We lost power around 1:30 and it was out until almost 6 p.m. I tried to work on the cutting for a little while – but it just wasn’t bright enough in the quilt room to see properly (and it’s not too safe to be playing with a rotary cutter in the dark!)
I made a smaller twister quilt (Primitive Pinwheels) a few weeks ago using Civil War repros and a template from Primitive Gatherings that I had purchased at Good Wives Co. But I made this one using the June Tailor Twist ‘n Stitch ruler (available at JoAnn Fabrics). Each of them have their pros and cons. The template from Primitive Gatherings was quite small, almost too small. The June Tailor ruler is one of the ones that has slits that you run your rotary cutter through. I have got just about every one of these rulers on the market – and never had an issue. But for some reason it was a little tricky getting my rotary cutter in the slits. The nice part about the June Tailor ruler is that you can cut blocks in four different sizes – so you can make small wall hangings or larger quilts without having to buy different templates.