Archive for January, 2013

Triple Twister Kaleidoscope Version & Prize Winners!

January 17, 2013

Before announcing the prize winners from the last post I thought I would show you a closer look at the kaleidoscope option included in the Triple Twister pattern.

Here’s the Triple Twister pattern cover.

Microsoft Word - QM127 Triple Twister Pattern Cover Draft 2012-5

To create the optional kaleidoscope version, I used the four-patch kaleidoscope technique described in the pattern with four repeats of this foliage print called Botanica by Henry Glass.

QM127 HenryGlass Botanica 15in 7433-77

I chose a turquoise coordinate for the alternating squares and light aqua for the background.  Then, using the Lil’  Twister it was easy to create the runner shown here.  I put the leftover foliage print on the back of the runner since it’s fun to see the original fabric used the create the pinwheels.

QM127 Triple Twister Kaleidoscope Runner 150dpi

Here’s an image zooming into the middle section so you can see the effect of the kaleidoscope pinwheels.  The squares in the border are the leftover pieces from the Lil’ Twister cutting.  Isn’t that fun?!

QM127 Triple Twister Kaleidoscope closeup

Have I tempted you to try “kaleidoscoping” your pinwheels?

OK, now it’s time to announce the winners from the Pinwheel Patterns for Lil’ Twister & Twister Tool post.  Using the random number generator on the 95 comments, the winners are #47 and #70!

Nancy M. wins the Triple Twister kit with Moda Fig Tree Tapestry with cream background.   Reading through all the comments, it looks like preferences are pretty evenly divided with 13 people noting that they prefer Version 1 with one background and 16 people prefer Version 2 with two backgrounds.

#47  Nancy M. Says:
January 9, 2013 at 11:51 am I have the little ruler but have yet to work with it. You patterns are inspiring. My goal for 2013 is to make a twister quilt! PS I like the one color background best!

QM127 Triple Twister Moda Tapestry LC 1 bkgd

Chris wins the pack of all 3 patterns Triple Twister, Twister Tapestry & Twister Illusions

#70 Chris Says:
January 10, 2013 at 2:03 am I really enjoy the Twister. It’s just plain fun! I hadn’t seen the new patterns. They are great! Can’t wait to try them.

Thank you to everyone who left a comment and I appreciate you taking the time to visit my blog.  Thanks again to Moda for helping me get back into blogging.

See you next month and until then….enjoy all your Quilt Moments!



Pinwheel Patterns for Lil’ Twister and Twister Tool

January 8, 2013

Happy New Year fellow quilters!

Hoping to start blogging regularly (or at least monthly).  Making it an actual resolution sounds wrong since that would make it a chore rather than fun so let’s just say I’m optimistic and eager to try!

My friends at Moda have helped me start my blogging goal by inviting me to write an entry for their Moda Cutting Table blog so please read that post tonight and come back here to read the rest of this post and enter to win a kit and patterns!

My patterns have never required special tools or rulers…simply the basic rulers.  I know there are lots of great rulers and templates for different techniques on the market, and yes, I have acquired several but haven’t been inspired to actually incorporate one into some of my patterns until now.

The Lil’ Twister and Twister tools were created by Marsha Bergren of CS Designs (Country Schoolhouse) and they continue to be on the top selling tools lists.  They make it a piece of cake to make pinwheels out of squares.  The Lil’ Twister uses 5” squares and the Twister uses 10” squares.



Three of my patterns feature the popular Lil’ Twister and Twister tools:

Twister Illusions (QM131)


The Twister Illusions pattern works great with solids.  It’s also perfect for batiks.  In the version below I simply changed the placement of the blues and greens and used batiks instead of solids.

Keepsake Quilting is selling this Twister Illusions batik kit on their website.  They also have a kit of my Ribbon Rings quilt.


Twister Tapestry (QM130)


Below is the Twister Tapestry baby and queen layout shown on the pattern back in solids.


Triple Twister (QM127)


All three patterns have the option of multiple sizes from baby to queen or king, and pattern above has table-runner and bed-runner options.  The patterns utilize the Lil’ Twister for the smaller quilts sizes (runner, baby and throw) and the larger Twister tool for the bedrunner and queen size quilts.

You can also use these patterns with other pinwheel tools on the market for smaller pinwheels.  Simply follow the tables inside for the number of squares needed of each fabric and cut square size as directed in the instructions for your tool.

Below are two versions of Triple Twister made with one layer cake (Forty+ 10” squares) plus 1 or 2 backgrounds using Moda’s Tapestry collection by Fig Tree.  This is the kit I’m giving away in honor of my guest blogging on Moda’s Cutting Table.

Version with 1 Background Fabric


Version with 2 Background Fabrics


Which version do you prefer? The winner can choose their favorite version. On the Moda blog I also showed versions in an upcoming fabric line called Snap Pop by Sandy Gervais.

I hope you enjoyed this introduction to my Twister patterns.  Have you used the Lil’ Twister or Twister yet?   I know I’m definitely late to the party since these tools have been out for several years already but perhaps I’m only “fashionably late” since I anticipate these tools will be around for many, many years to come.

Please leave a comment here for a chance to win the Triple Twister Quilt Kit with Tapestry or a collection of the 3 patterns.  The lucky winners will be chosen at random end of the day next Wednesday, January 16th.  This is an especially lucky day since my father and oldest brother (both named Harry!) were born on that day.  Sadly, Dad is no longer with us but he would still want us to celebrate!

And, please “follow” my blog so you can be notified when I make additional posts. I anticipate lots of show and tell and more giveaways.

Enjoy all your Quilt Moments!


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