Saturday, April 30, 2011

Sudoku Twister

While we were at retreat I got the brilliant idea that we should have a Sudoku swap.  I really couldn’t tell you if I made this idea up after lack of sleep or if I’ve heard of it somewhere.  I mean I know there’s Sudoku quilts out there and Sudoku Quilt books so that idea wasn’t new…but a swap?  The idea was that with 9 swappers we could each make a Sudoku quilt.  7 of us went to Stitcher’s Crossing and I’m sad to say I became the type of shopper that annoys me.  You know, pulling out bolts at random and sticking them back in with reckless abandon.  That aside, the 7 of us set about to pick out 9 fabrics. 

Each person needed to cut Eighty One, 5” squares so that they could put them into piles of 9 so each swapper would get a stack.  This meant everyone purchased 1-5/8ths yards.  Here’s the Nine Luscious batiks that we started out with.


Now, really, since I pulled this whole Sudoku quilt swap concept out of my ass I was still taken aback when people asked…what next?  I think I stared pretty blankly and went to Google. 

Ohhhh yeah, thank you Google, that’s where I recently saw Sudoku Quilts…Moda. 

Oh yeah, now what?  My response was, “This just gives everybody a chance to be realllllly cre8tive.”  I was met with BLANK STARES if you can believe it.  I’m not quite sure why…shrug.

Meanwhile back at the ranch…

My friend Susie became enamored with Twister Quilts and since I go by the “Choose your own adventure” when you quilt philosophy I was thinking…what about a Sudoku Twister quilt????  Wouldn’t that look more interesting than Nine 9-patches??  Hmmmmmmmm????

Now, even though I came up with this brilliant idea I’ve never done a Sudoku game in my life.  I tried…quite a few times in the last few weeks.  But every time I got 1/2 way through, I accidentally hit the back button and cleared out my game.  I’ve now decided to give up and just go looking for one with the answers already filled in. 

A typical Sudoku puzzle grid, with nine rows and nine columns that intersect at square spaces. Some of the spaces are pre-filled with one number each; others are blank spaces for a solver to fill with a number. The previous puzzle, solved with additional numbers that each fill a blank space.

Which I then translated into EQ. 


So I put it together (Forgive the awful iPhone picture).

photo 1

And then, I started chopping it back up using the Twister Tool method..  Isn’t this 4 patch block cute??

photo 3

Here’s the finished but un-quilted product.


The coolest thing is that 5 of my 8 other Sudoku Swap buddies got to see it in person today and now I’m hoping they’re all excited about doing something with their charms!


Glynis said...

Just love love love your little twister quilt - congratulations!

Suzan said...

Great idea! The quilt looks bright and fun.

Sandi said...

I love the twister quilts, and yours with the Sudoku beginnings is wonderful! Very creative.

zebracar said...

Your quilt is beautiful! And what a fun group project. I'm sure your friends were inspired to finish theirs after seeing yours.

Moneik said...

It looks incredible. It's just too funny that I found the square book that the twister pattern is in and brought it back today. I didn't realize it was in there until I was looking through the books tonight.

Barbara said...

I have to admit when I saw just the blocks together I didn't care for it much, but after you used the twister tool, it looks great. What a wonderful idea you had.

butrfly2200 said...

Wow that made a great quilt top. How did you keep everything in order of the sudoku when you cut the twister blocks????
Congrats on an awesome quilt
:)Carol near Calgary, Alberta