Tuesday, July 1

Sweet Serenade Lil' Twister Quilt

Pinwheels in soda pop bottles

When Alina & Gonzo were married last year, one of the fun things Kaitie and I did was to make pinwheels for every table.  We wanted pinwheels that actually spinned and found the perfect pattern from Gwynn Wasson Designs with her free template and tutorial. Thank you Gwynn!

The cardstock we used for the pinwheels was from BasicGrey.  When Moda came out with a fabric collection called Sweet Serenade, in a music motif with the same kinds of colors and also by BasicGrey, it seemed like it was meant to become a Lil' Twister quilt for our newlyweds.  

I chose the fabric layout by playing around with EQ7 software.  The program didn't come with a Twister block, so I recreated the basic block.

Lil' Twister quilt block

My layout is structured, but I kind of wish I had done it scrappy.  

At first, I couldn't make heads or tails of how to use the Lil' Twister tool, until I found a wonderful tutorial written by Jackie of Canton Village Quilt Works fame.  Then it all became as clear as day.

Whatever pattern you chose with the plain squares is also the pattern that will show up in the Lil' Twister:  These are the two mock ups.  The plain blocks made a top that was 81" x 111", but after cutting the Twisters and sewing them together, the finished quilt was 54" x 72".

Lil' Twister - Before and After

Here is the real quilt - pieced by me and quilted by my friend Valerie, the Pumpkin Patch Quilter.  http://www.pumpkinpatchquilter.com/

Sweet Serenade Lil' Twister Quilt

I asked Valerie for quilting that looked like a breeze playing with the pinwheels....

She sure got it exactly right, didn't she?!

Thanks for visiting!


  1. This is a great quilt! I won EQ7 a long time ago and haven't fully figured out how to use it without getting mad lol. I need to work on that now that my daughter bought me a new desktop. I follow the pumpkin patch quilter on FB :)

  2. Nicely done...piecer and quilter!

  3. What a beautiful wedding it must have been with such a color palette! This idea of making pinwheels can be used for other occasions. I pinned your first picture and went to Gwynn's blog to pin her template too.
    And making a wedding quilt with the same theme was clever. And creative. Had you not included a link to a tutorial, I would have remained clueless as to how such a pattern can be achieved. With this kind of quilt, the quilter appears to be a genius. It gives her an aura of superiority. ;-)
    I pinned your template, your quilt and the Pumpkin Patch Quilter's tutorial. That's what I call and inspiring post. :-)