Pinwheel Patterns for Lil’ Twister and Twister Tool

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!


Quilt Moments



106 Responses to “Pinwheel Patterns for Lil’ Twister and Twister Tool”

  1. Gayle Says:

    Love your twister tools! Those quilts are beautiful!

  2. Mary flynn Says:

    Love version 2, I have the twister tool and was inspired to pull it out and use it after seeing your patterns! My dad was born the 16th and passed a few years ago from cancer. Fond memories for both of us then.

  3. Ella Says:

    Oh! I’ve seen guild members play with this tool. It’s so cool!

  4. Mary on Lake Pulaski Says:

    Fabulous variations on the twister quilts!

  5. Lesley Says:

    Your patterns are wonderful! Love the second version…stunning!

  6. kathie L Says:

    My quilt guild is having a Lil Twister workshop later this year. Your patterns look great.

  7. Dianne Mitzel Says:

    I have the Lil Twister, need to get inspired by your lovely work, and make this the year to use it..

  8. Sally H Says:

    I like that the Triple Twister is pieced in blocks. The 2-fabric background has more interest. Thanks for the chance.

  9. kimberlee Says:

    Marilyn, it’s so nice to “meet” you. A LQS is having a class using your Twister and I am so intrigued, it is the only class I’m interested in and I can see making tons of these cool quilts!! Well, I so hope you get your sewing room organized and can enjoy it for what it’s suppose to be! That’s a great resolution and I know you can do it!

  10. Diane Says:

    I like (love) the Triple twister. I also like the Tapestry with 2Background colors. Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. Kathleen Pacheco Says:

    I have all the twister books, I love your new patterns!

  12. Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts Says:

    Very cool ideas! Thanks for the chance too. 🙂

  13. KMSC Says:

    I purchased the Lil Twister tool at my LQS but haven’t used it yet. Your three new patterns give me incentive to get it out of storage and use it! Your patterns are beautiful and I especially like the Triple Twister. Thanks for the giveaways.

  14. Sandy A in St. Louis Says:

    I have been wanting to try this tool, but don’t own one yet! Love your patterns as they are different than I have seen before. I also have signed up to follow your blog!


  15. Debbi Schwab Cline Says:

    Love working with the Lil Twister tool! I especially like your Illusions pattern; it is stunning! I like the two backgrounds quilt more than the single background. I think it has more character. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  16. Debbi Schwab Cline Says:

    Oh – and I am a new follower! Thanks for the chance to win!

  17. Patti Says:

    I really like the Twister Tapestry pattern. I have some fabric in mind for it, and I hope it works. I own several of the Twister tools, and even used them! I always like seeing something new using this tool. My son was born on the 16th, it is a great day. Thanks for a chance to win.

  18. Kell Says:

    I haven’t bought the Lil Twister yet but keep looking at it. Love the Twister Illusions pattern and I like the Tapestry quilt with one background.

  19. Patty D Says:

    I’d love a chance to win. What great patterns!

  20. Cheryl Cargill Says:

    I received the lil twister for xmas and will be using it as soon as I finish painting my new sewing room. I’d love to be able to try the triple twister too!

  21. Regina Says:

    Oh I love these -I have the small one and have contemplated getting the larger one – so many possibilities!

  22. Caribousmom Says:

    Love the look of these quilts!! I think I prefer the one color background…although the two colors give it an interesting “twist!” Thanks for the giveaway!

    caribousmom (at)

  23. Laurel S. Says:

    I haven’t tried the Twisters yet, but I would live to!! And I love the look of the one background…

  24. quilary Says:

    I’d love to try the triple twister pattern – and I prefer the moda version with the single background. Thanks for the chance 🙂

  25. sewsable Says:

    I prefer the version with 2 backgrounds.

  26. GrammaSheri Says:

    Would be great to try the triple twister pattern. I love how the two-background quilts look!

  27. Anita Says:

    I love all of your new patterns! I have all three of your tools, love them 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

  28. Jan Says:

    I’m in LOVE with the Twister Illusions using solids. This pattern is definitely on my list to buy.

  29. Becky Greene Says:

    My father will be 80 years old on January 16th! I am sure you will have some special moments of remembrance for your Dad that day.Your patterns are amazing – thanks for the chance to win!!

  30. Pam Schwarze Says:

    Ohhhh! Your patterns are wonderful. I love the Twister tool. I usually use the 5″ and make a wallhanging and then use the 21/2″ for the scrap squares and make a candle mat.

  31. Cathy K. Says:

    I really like the twister quilts with the dual colored background fabrics. It adds more dimension and the wow factor! Love them!

  32. Colleen Taylor Says:

    Nice to see you back to blogging! I enjoyed your post and my favorite is version #1 with the background all one color. I like your patterns a lot!

  33. Jude Says:

    I like both designs but #2 has a bit more appeal, at least by photo. I’ve made several little twister quilts and absolutely love the illusion version.

  34. sharon Says:

    I like version #2 . I have never made anything with a lil twister.
    I need to get one!

  35. Wanda R Says:

    Thanks for the chance to win a kit. I like the two color version. Love all the new patterns!!

  36. Syd Says:

    I’ve seen the Lil Twister in my local quilt shop and often thought how fun it would be to make one of the fun quilts. Thanks for this chance to win a kit. Then I wouldn’t wonder any more!!

  37. Kathy Bianco Kraemer Says:

    Love these patterns! I like the solid version. Would be a great graphic for a wall.

  38. Dortha Says:

    I love the two color background blocks. Love the twister ruler. Love your new patterns. Thanks for the chance.

  39. buntyw Says:

    What great patterns!
    I prefer version#1 with the single colour background!

  40. Robi Says:

    Thanks for showing three new ways to use this great little tool.

  41. Mary Lu Says:

    I have the Lil’ Twister…looks like I should get busy. I like the two backgrounds on the quilts. To me it adds more interest. I would love to win the kit!

  42. Lou Says:

    I am addicted to the Twister rulers!!! I have all 4:)
    Am working on the heart right now:) Made 3 wreaths as gifts and have one quilt to quilt yet:) Oh and the scraps made a table topper and 2 mug rugs.
    Yes I am addicted!!!!
    Love you patterns….will have to try the Illusions pattern….after i get the other 2 projects done:) haha!!!!

  43. Marguerite Guinn Says:

    I really like the Illusion pattern. The batiks are gorgeous!

  44. Alison Boyette Says:

    You made me want to leave work early and hide in my sewing room for the rest of the day……no make that WEEK!

  45. Nancy B from Many LA Says:

    Love your giveaway – wouldn’t mind winning it! LOL!

  46. Joyce Remley Says:

    Hi Marilyn, I”ve had the Twister tool and your book for a couple of years, stuck away in my stash. I have found it and, with your inspiration, will make a Spring something (table topper ?) I love the cream background piece. Thanks, Joyce Remley

  47. Nancy M. Says:

    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!

  48. Jeannette Says:

    I love what you have done it is a clever use of the block, thanks for giving me a chance to win

  49. Frances Says:

    I have the smallest twister and have made a small project from it. Love the effect and more projects are on the list for 2103.

  50. Kelly Says:

    Love the twisters – they’ve been so much fun. The new patterns look great! Thanks for the opportunity

  51. Michele Says:

    OMG! All of the twister quilts are amazing!! I would love to make one – thanks for the chance!!

  52. Michele Says:

    I am a new follower – thanks for a second chance to win this cool tool!!

  53. Angela Adams Says:

    Love the Tapestry quilt, I got the lil twister before Christmas and have yet to try it…..this has given me inspiration!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  54. Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy Says:

    These look so cool, I’ve been eyeing them for a while now! Thanks for the opportunity to enter!

  55. Kimberly Cassie Says:

    I haven’t tried a twister quilt yet, but I would love to try to recreate one of these beauties. Thanks for sharing the inspiration and the giveaway.

  56. Barbara McDonald Says:

    Thank you for using colors that hint of Amish roots! I have always loved the Amish quilts of old and wish that they were made more often!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  57. Garnet Underwood Says:

    I am in awe of your talent! Love both versions, but favor #2 the most. Thank you for the eye candy and opportunity to win!

  58. Margaret Says:

    I have the templates but have never used them. I would love to win your patterns so I could give them a try.

  59. Joyce Mitchell Says:

    Love your patterns for the Twister. I’ve used mine only once – for a sisters’ round robin quilt, Thanks for the chance to win.

  60. Jules Says:

    I’ve been thinking of trying the twister method for a while now. I love the patterns you have created and prefer the single colour background. Thanks for the opportunity to win the giveaway.

  61. Montse Says:

    Love the version with the white background. So pretty! Terrific giveaway, thanks for the chance to win.

  62. darlene macdonald Says:

    I really love the first pattern.. One background looks more calming to me. I guess I need that, LOL. Thanks for the chance for the giveaway!!!

  63. sewincoloran Says:

    Love your patterns! Every time that I think okay, that’s all with that technique, you come up with new things! I’d love to win the patterns and some lovely fabric to play with!

  64. LJ Says:

    I have always been fascinated by twister quilts but your Twister Illusions is ABSOLUTELY wonderful. I must make one; love it!!!

  65. Ruth Says:

    I love the Kaleidoscope Twister. That may just be my next quilt.

  66. Jan M. Says:

    Love the Lil Twister and all the beautiful quilts you have made with it. Thanks for sharing!

  67. Cathy Says:

    You are so creative! I love my Lil Twister.

  68. Marilyn R Says:

    I do have the lil twister and I made a table topper using Moda Boutique. I love the Twister Illusion, this is definitely on my to do list.

  69. prairiemusing Says:

    Lil Twister is fun to use -now you’ve given us some really great patterns to play with Lil Twister somemore!

  70. Chris Says:

    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.

  71. Jenny Says:

    Oh I love the twister quilts I have never made a twister quilt before.

  72. Johanna Says:

    I just came over from Moda’s website. I love the Triple Twister! I still haven’t made a twister quilt. I just signed up as a follower and will add you to google reader!

  73. Gina S. Says:

    I’m loving it in the bright colors!!! So far all i’ve seen for samples is darker prints. I think i have all the sizes and some patterns, and these bright colors make want to get them out and make some. Thalnks for getting me inspired!

  74. Marianne Says:

    Twister quilts are so much fun to make. I made one using Christmas fabrics and love it.

  75. Stephanie Neumann Says:

    Kust purchased the Twister tools and anxious to use them. Love the quilts you have made here with them, even more inspiration to start! Thanks for sharing.

  76. CJ Reed Says:

    I love the little twister tool — oh what fun. Your ideas make me want to run to my Moda stash and start quilting. Thanks for sharing all you do.

  77. Miss Nancy Says:

    I have the twister tool and am anxious to use it. Love the look it creates. Thank you for this great giveaway.

    Have a super great sewing and stitching day!

  78. Kelley Says:

    I just “met” you via the Moda blog. I love the Twister Illusions. Great quilt!

  79. bee Says:

    i like version 1 a lot and love what you can make with the twister – what a great notion!

  80. Becky S Says:

    I have a Lil’ Twister ruler that I haven’t used yet. That Triple Twister pattern makes me want to get it out and make a quilt! I would love to win a kit–thanks for the chance.

  81. katie Says:

    I have two of the Twister rulers and had fun making quilted wall hangings with them. Absolutely love how they turned out!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  82. Brenda Hulsey Says:

    I love these quilts that are made from the Lil Twister rulers! I hope to make a quilt using them some day!

  83. Rhonda Desgranges Says:

    I love the Lil Twister ruler, and I have a mini Twister for 2 1/2 inch
    squares. I like the Triple Twister quilt, version 1. I would love to
    make a quilt using the 10 inch squares. This would be a great
    birthday present for me, because my birthday is also next week!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  84. CarenD Says:

    I love the twister patterns ….my favourite is the last one with the solid blue background

  85. Christine Lunardelli Says:

    Love the 2 background version. I started a twister quilt yesterday so this blog is very timely. Love all your versions

  86. Mary Hickey Says:

    I love your patterns. I can’t decide which ones I like the best. I love the twister tool. I wish they would make another in between the 5 and 10. Happy New Year. Mary

  87. Patty F Says:

    Love all the variety and flexibility with the Twister rulers! I love the solid background version and have perfect fabrics for the table runner!

  88. Debbie Rhodes Says:

    Tapestry has to be my favorite.. love them all..

    Such an inspiration

  89. Donna Joy Says:

    Your twister patterns are amazing. I like the pattern with two background colors. I’d be thrilled to make one of these striking quilts. Thanks.

  90. Donna Joy Says:

    I love fig tree’s tapestry. The twister quilts are gorgeous, and you say you can make these quilts using one little template.

  91. June Says:

    I made Twilight Kailaidescope with the original Northcott fabrics and absolutely love the quilt. I have not tried the Lil Twister, but have seen results. Very charming.

  92. Holly Says:

    I used the twister tool to make a small wallhanging…these new patterns are truely inspiring! Nice job! Thanks

  93. Mary C. Says:

    Beautiful ideas for the Twister. I’d love to win a Triple Twister quilt kit with Tapestry (Fig Tree is a favorite). Thanks for the chance!

  94. Karen Jackson Says:

    I love the twister tool and am excited with any and all new patterns to use it again. I love the quilt and would be really excited to make it.

  95. Irene B. Says:

    Thank you so much for “beyond basic” patterns using this cutting tool–“Twisted Illusions” is on the cutting table! I’d love to win the kit–have to justify owning the twisters!

  96. mblittle5 Says:

    Love your triple twister quilt. It’s stunning!

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  98. Debby Deskin Says:

    Love the twisted illusion quilt! I would love to win the kit to try out the patterns myself.

  99. Elaine Gates Says:

    I have the little tister but haven’t used it yet. Now I’m very anxious to.

  100. Suji Says:

    I have 2 sizes of the Twister templates and have made a small wall hanging. Want to get the tiny twister and make a mini. It is so much fun to use.

  101. Theresa Says:

    Fabulous quilts! I really like the one with the single color background but would be proud to own ANY of these! Excellent designs!

  102. Swimming Pictures Says:

    What a stuff of un-ambiguity and preserveness of precious experience concerning unexpected emotions.

  103. Lenore Says:

    Wow my birthday is the 16th January what a great gift that would be. I saw your patterns and thought how much I would love to make one.

  104. Jodeen Olech Says:

    Love love love these pinwheels! Am taking a class at my lqs next week, and I am soo excited to fill my house with these lovelies! Thank you!

  105. Lisa Says:

    I am really late to pinwheeling – just learning about them this week. What should I learn about next? there are so many cute ideas!

  106. Gloria Pietruszka Says:

    I am new to the twister tools, but I love the patterns and the depths of the designs it makes . So much inspiration, would love to make one of these quilts.

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