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Twister / Primitive Pinwheel quilts – Pt 2

After I created my first Twister pattern, Jack, I created a Christmas Tree called Merry Twistmas. This quilt was much larger than Jack, at 55″ x 61″. Joelee had it hanging right inside the store when you walked in, which was really cool. This one also was very popular in the shop. You can’t tell on the white, but there are 12 or 13 different white fabrics used, and multiple greens and reds.

Country Schoolhouse CS Twister Ruler Itty Bitty Primitive Pinwheel Tool Fabric Quilt Quilts fabric Christmas tree December winter presents star

For Valentine’s Day, Love at First Twist was released (and I owe major credit to my friend Sam for naming all of these. I tell him the holiday and pattern, and he gives me its name). For the background, there were 4 colors used (they blend together).

Country Schoolhouse CS Twister Ruler Itty Bitty Primitive Pinwheel Tool Fabric Quilt Quilts fabric  hearts love Valentine's Day clover

 

This was the waste from cutting out the twisted pieces. I think it looks pretty cool. I cut out the squares and … did something with them.

Country Schoolhouse CS Twister Ruler Itty Bitty Primitive Pinwheel Tool Fabric Quilt Quilts fabric  hearts love Valentine's Day clover

Lastly, is Patriot’s Pinwheel. For something different, I did this as a table runner. Usually, I avoid the Civil War Reproduction fabrics. I prefer the brighter and less tiny pattern fabrics. The reds and blues were from a Jo Morton line and they were too pretty to pass up.

Country Schoolhouse CS Twister Ruler Itty Bitty Primitive Pinwheel Tool Fabric Quilt Quilts fabric flag table runner tablerunner Patriot Patriotic 4th of July America American flag red white and blue reproduction fabric Jo Morton

A close up:

Country Schoolhouse CS Twister Ruler Itty Bitty Primitive Pinwheel Tool Fabric Quilt Quilts fabric  flag table runner tablerunner Patriot Patriotic 4th of July America American flag red white and blue reproduction fabric Jo Morton

These 3 plus Jack are all available on my Etsy. My ultimate goal is to design one for every month. I have about half of the designs finished and the other half are ideas already. One of my 2015 goal is to release at least 4 more Twister designs so that will be a Q3 project.

Also, I’m toying with the idea of the double twister. I saw this in a book… you make a regular Twister quilt then cut it up again and resew it again. I made a (small) top once and it looks pretty awesome, but I don’t know if that’s ever going to happen again…

Country Schoolhouse CS Twister Ruler Itty Bitty Primitive Pinwheel Tool Reproduction Civil War Fabric Quilt Quilts fabric

Table runners and aprons

When I was learning to quilt, I took a lot of ___ of the Month classes. I find them really fun and a great way to build skills. I also like that you’re working on smaller chunks or projects so it’s more manageable than making a whole quilt. This was from the Table Runner of the Month club at Quilter’s Market (in Tucson). I think this was the only one that I actually completed… oops. What’s cool about this is that this is one table runner. The class was working on Quilt as you Go so this is a fun, reversible runner. It was a gift to my boss’ wife.

Next up are aprons that I made for my mom and aunt. My mom refers full aprons and loves her puppies, so I found this fabric at JoAnn’s. The bone heart is a pocket. My aunt refers the half aprons, and her heart is also a pocket.

Rooster / Pear table runner

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. My family is Jewish so though my parents used to do a huge party on Christmas Eve, for my extended family, Christmas wasn’t a big deal. But Thanksgiving is when everyone got together and all the crazies come out of the woodwork and it’s fun having the whole family together. There’s anywhere between 10 and 20+ of us that show up. We also do a big dinner for Passover in March/April but food is much better for Thanksgiving. My cousin currently hosts. He is obsessed with roosters and pears and requested a table runner of such.

I took a class with Anita Grossman Solomon a few years ago, who is an amazing teacher. She believes in finding ways to only make a few cuts with your rotary cutter and everything magically gets cut. I have 2 of her books and so many of those projects are on my list. For the table runner, I decided to do a Square-in-a-Square block. I followed her technique detailed here for how to quickly cut the pieces with almost no waste. It was so fast and easy to do (though I don’t stack my fabric as high as hers). I decided to make the table runner reversible since I couldn’t decide which fabric to feature in the square and which on the outside. I added the little curtain danglies to give it a little something extra.

Rooster table runner Pears Chickens reversible Square in a square quilt Anita Grossman Solomon Alex Anderson

For my cousin who is obsessed with pears and roosters. It’s reversible