I'm back, just as promised, to continue the saga of my Uncle Sam Twister quilt. When I left off on my last post, I had made it to the point of having all of the squares sewn together.
(And the picture is still sideways...)
I heard from several of you that Sam looked really great "as is" and I agree! He looked great and I did have a few qualms about starting to cut it again, but I plunged in anyway, hoping the new version would be at least as good. I do to let you know that I altered the pattern a bit. Did I say this yesterday? I can't remember, but in case you didn't either, or I haven't said it yet, the pattern called said to cut 3.5" squares and then use the appropriate Twister template for those squares. I only have the mini Twister, and it cuts from 2.5" squares, so that was the size that I used. Just imagine how big this Sam would have been if all the squares were an inch larger!!!
In case you are new the the Twister templates, they look like this:
I sewed the first 10 rows together and ended up with this.
Before I began this project, I considered it, as I usually do about any new project. I had decided that the "worst" part of the project would be all the cutting with the template, and boy was I right! It was downright tedious! The little template is small and even though it has little grippers on it, I used a lot of pressure to keep it in place--making my arms ache. It was a good thing that I was working in batches of 10 rows, as I the break between cutting sessions was just what I needed. So I cut and sewed, and cut and sewed, etc. The sewing was really easy.
This is how it came out:
The original Sam measured about 25" x 70" and the twisted Sam measured 12" x 37!" Quite a difference. The little squares that I cut using the template finished at one inch! The finished Twisted Sam is heavy and thick with all of the seam allowances.
But not only do I have that "finished" picture for you, I have another. I got it quilted! I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, since it was so thick. I decided to put on the walking foot and just stitch in the ditch the grid lines between all of the squares. I like how it came out.
Earlier today, I went to lunch with some of my good Bee friends, and after we browsed in some quaint shops. There was one shop that was full of banner flags--the cute outdoor ones. I've never seen so many in one place in my life. They also had stands in many sizes to hold the flags. I started picturing using the stands for quilts instead of the banner/flags. Then I found one that would be perfect for this Uncle Sam quilt. I wasn't going to get it, though, but my friends
One other thing, when I woke up on Sunday, my head was all back to normal--no more vertigo and no more sinus congestion, too.
Have a great day!