I’ve been sharing quilts and projects in process and all sorts of things… I should actually spend some time on what first sparked my desire to start a pattern design business.
When I was working at the quilt shop, we got in the Lil’ Twister ruler by Country Schoolhouse. For this tool, you start with 5″ squares and the blocks finish about 3.5″. I had just received a charm pack so it seemed like a good way to test out the tool and I made this little quilt. It’s about 21″ x 24″ and was really fun to make.
Then, I found out there’s a Twister tool that uses 10″ squares. Which I, of course, needed, and so I made up using some Asian fabrics from the shop. The quilt finished around 50″ x 60″.
The way that the tool works is that you sew squares together, lay the tool on top of the seams, and then cut out the blocks. You rotate the blocks, resew them, and the pinwheels appear. (So it’s: cut, sew, cut, sew).
I approached the owner of Bellas and asked to run a class using the Twister ruler with the two quilts above as my class samples. Joelee said (nicely) “why would they want to take this class? There needs to be something extra that they can’t get from the books/tool packaging.” I went home and thought and thought about it and finally started sketching in Excel. I created Twisted Jack. He uses the (regular) Twister tool which uses 5″ squares. Both sessions of the class filled up and when we started selling the pattern, it sold out a few times. Some of my students left off the face and turned him into a regular pumpkin, and used more fall colors than my bolder Halloween colors. I even had one person (*cough* Erin) who refused to cut up the squared version of Jack.
I was even able to use the scraps to create mini-Jack. This quilt uses the Itty Bitty Pinwheel tool and is a pain to make and I always swear it will be the last, but it’s always so darn cute. The pumpkin was part of my office Halloween pumpkin decorating contest.
I currently have Twisted Jack and 3 other patterns (to be described in my next post) for sale on my Etsy.