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.
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).
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.
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.
A close up:
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…
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″.
I also found the Primitive Pinwheels and Itty Bitty Pinwheel tools by Keepsake Quilting. And since then the Midi Twister has come out… I have them all and love them.
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.
This weekend I was able to get 3 quilts in the mail! I’m currently working through about 40 finished quilt top UFOs (Unfinished Fabric Object)… Even though I had a longarm for years, I am awful at quilting quilts. Starting last May or so, I vowed to get these quilts finished and delivered. All of the tops have been quilted or given away (it counts as finishing), so now I’m just binding and adding a label.
The first one is one of my oldest UFOs. Back when I was working for this company, Inphonite, circa 2009, I made this quilt for the boss’ daughter:
At the same time, I started on a quilt for the boss’ son. I left the job maybe 6 months later, but I always planned on finishing the quilt and getting it to them. Fast forward 4-5 years and I have finally accomplished this goal! This is one of the first quilts that I designed (you can tell my early work because it’s always significantly longer than it is wide). I hand appliqued his name in the center and added two quotes in permanent ink.
Next is one of my first Twister quilts. This uses the Country Schoolhouse Twister tool with 10″ squares (the biggest size Twister tool they (currently) make). When I was working at a quilt shop, we had so many beautiful Asian fabrics with the gorgeous gold on them, so I made this. Then while I was teaching a twister class, someone saw my quilt and wanted to make the same one so she bought all the same Asian fabrics right then and there.
This is a wedding gift to a former student who I think has only been married for 2 years, so it’s not thaaaat late.
Twister with Asian fabrics
Twister with Asian fabrics
Last one uses the Butterfly Carnival line of fabric. It came into the shop and I had to have some. I made giant churn dash blocks, cut them into quarters, and rotated them for this quilt. This is going to my former roommate’s mom. She and I are facebook friends and when she saw this she said she really liked it, so here’s hoping she meant she liked it enough to give it a home. With the leftover pieces, I made a little top which did get donated awhile ago.
Deconstructed churn dash
Leftovers from the deconstructed churn dash