If you are interested in purchasing the gizmo, you can go here In Stitches.
To start simple, choose 4--5" sq pieces of fabric. Charm packs are great for this, but I'm adding from my own stash as I go along and cutting 5" sq pieces too.
Lay them out the way you would like them to lie against each other. Sew together to make a four patch block.
Now, cut two--2 & 3/4"-3" strips of white quilter's choice fabric (or your own color choice) the length of the right and left sides. Sew the strips on. Press.
Cut 2 more same width strips (2 &3/4"-3") and sew along the top and bottom. Press.
Now you have the piece you will cut your twisting pinwheels from.
(the instructions say that "there will be a 1/4-1/3 loss from the beginning size of your project before cutting and the end result using the twister.")
The instructions also have you start cutting from the left, but I started from the right because of work space and comfortableness.
Place the gizmo dead center over lines that intersect on the seams between two borders and the first square.
This is where you make your cuts around the gizmo. Be careful not to extend your cuts too far beyond the gizmo as you might cut into fabric needed for another square. The instructions tell you to leave the block in place once it's cut, but I wanted to make sure my cuts went all the way through before I moved on to the next square to cut. Realigning to finish incomplete cuts isn't hard, but it's not fun either.
Continue cutting on all intersecting seams. Your four square should now look like this.
Notice all the little squares just perfect for your next scrappy project! Now, angle the first square you cut so it is straight. Piece the new block together matching up fabrics into their pinwheel shapes.
Now you are ready to assemble the new block by sewing the squares together. I press my seams to the side and press one row opposite the other so I can lock my seams into place for nice fits on the seams. Once all nine squares are sewn together and the new block is pressed, trim off the excess white border and true up your block.
These blocks measure 9 1/2" sq when finished. To make the larger, center blocks, I laid out a rectangle of 5 x 4--5" fabrics, sewed those together, attached a border and cut using the method above. Here's a shot of me picking out the fabrics for the second, center block and laying them next to each other to see how they play together.
The center twisting pinwheels block measures 19" x 15 1/2". You can sew as many 5"sq fabrics together as you'd like in whatever lengths or widths you'd like as long as you put the border around them.
Here is the first center block finished.
And here is the second, center block finished, but only laying on top of the first one. I need to make a trip to our LQS that sells the Love fabric to continue the quilt.
And another corner block I made up yesterday.
I hope this has helped with the questions some had from the last post. If you have any more you can post them here, or email me and I will answer them as best I can.
For those joining from Friday Finish, here is what I finished this week.
I'm calling this the "Aloha" block and it roughly measures 36" sq. Another quilt for our bed in the making. You can find other great projects and finishes at Amy's blog for Sew & Tell Friday Finish.
Happy Weekend one and all!