There's a lot of excitement about the Twister ruler for making pinwheel blocks the easy and fast way. I've had a Twister tool for a while and find it a little fussy to use, but this morning I decided to give it another chance.
I saw this design online recently and failed to make a note of where I found it, but it was posted as a tutorial and has been going around for a while. Kudos to the designer! This pattern makes a darling Christmas wreath that finishes at 18.5 inches before adding the outermost border. I haven't added my last border yet.
You will need:
1) 25 5-inch squares of fabric (9 white, 1 red and 15 assorted green). Having contrast in your greens helps the overall look.
2) White border cut 3 inches wide
3) Small Twister Ruler (Lil' Twister)
Sew your blocks together following this diagram. Press well and add white borders all around. I used spray starch for the final press.
Follow the directions that came with your small Twister ruler to cut and assemble blocks row by row. I highly recommend you cut and sew one row at a time. I find I can confuse myself using this technique with very little effort!!
The difficulty I found with the Twister in the past was with the cutting around the tool. You need to be very careful to not cut beyond the tool because you can cut a slit in the adjacent block to be cut. In case that happens, it's a good idea to have a few extra blocks hand to 'recreate' the cutting area where the problem happened.
Once your center is complete, add an outer border if desired. Quilt and bind. I will be giving my wreath to my LAQer who has no time to quilt for herself!