Charmed Twister

Charmed TwisterThis is the quilt that started my twister obsession. I was working at my local quilt shop, Sonflower Quilts in Sylvania Ohio one day when our Checker Distributors representative brought in this new tool called the Lil’ Twister. This little tool intrigued me.

Now most people would have started with a small wall hanging, but no not me! You have already seen the evidence with my first quilt that I do not necessarily know how to do things the easy way….LOL.

The L’il Twister tool starts out with sewing 5″ charm squares together into a grid of squares. Yes there are lots of pre-cut charm squares out there. I have LOTS of batik scraps, so I set out to cut all 480 – 5″ squares from my scraps. There are actually no more than 2 squares of any one fabric. Am I crazy? Yes I am! When you cut the twister pieces you get a small bias square left over. I took those left over pieces and trimmed them to smaller squares and created the pieced border. Believe it or not after cutting all those squares my batik scrap box still did not look like I put a dent in it. Because two widths of fabric was not quite wide enough for the back I cut rectangles from more of my batik scraps and sewed them together to create a latter of color to insert between the two fabric widths to create the back.

This pattern includes the directions to create this queen sized quilt as well as a throw and a smaller wall hanging so if you are not sure you are ready to tackle a big twister quilt you can ease into the twister craze.

Have a creative day!

Amy

Got Snow?

Got SnowThis little guy started it all. I was working at my local quilt shop when we got in an adorable snowman stripe fabric. I thought it would make a great border for a snowman wall handing. I set out to find a good snowman to use as the center applique.  I wrote the pattern for the customers first. It was the owners of the quilt shop that encouraged me to start creating more patterns. Little did we know where this little guy would lead me.  Mr. Snowman is cute enough that you could use any winter themed fabric as a border if you can no longer find a border print.

At a time of the year when this quilt would usually fit right in around here instead of a foot or two of snow here in Michigan we had 60 degree temperatures and despite some pretty good winds to go with the warm weather I was able to take a good long walk outdoors. For those of you who are snowed in I hope you are staying warm and are able to take creative advantage of the day.

Have a creative day!

Amy