Twister Quilt

In Creativity, Projects, Quilts by Brenda3 Comments

The finished product on my wall.

Welcome back to the PeriwinkleSue Blog!  Sorry for the gap in my blog posts.  I promised I would share some projects I’ve been working on. Better late than never! I’ll share one project at a time.  Here is the first.  It’s called Twister Quilt, but I think they look like pinwheels.

I made a mini-twister quilt last spring right before my last blog.  My friend Debbi had made one in years past, and I was intrigued by the engineering of this quilt making process.  Even if you’re not a quilt maker, you may just be surprised how this thing goes together.


After sewing together the squares, I used the twister tool and cut, one by one, the new squares, being careful to keep them in order.

The quilt can be made in many sizes (depending on the size of the squares cut), and each size has its own ruler size to go with it.  The process is: sew together a grid of identically sized fabric squares, then take the square acrylic ruler and put the markings on the ruler on the seam lines (the lines on the ruler are at a slanted angle from the sides of the square ruler), then  you cut around the square ruler.  The pictures give better explanations than my words do, I think. Keeping them in order, you re-sew them together in the same order they were removed from the fabric grid, and it kind of looks like interlocked X’s. 

This is how the tool was positioned, lined up with the seams, ready for the cutting.
Here I moved the tool so you could better see the markings of the slanted lines that coincide with the seams. (The tiny squares are a rubberized backing to keep from sliding.)

Debbi had made larger ones in the past, but the only ruler we found in her stash was the mini size.  (That’s the size I wanted to try anyway, thanks, Debbi for loaning it to me.)  So I used a tiny charm pack of squares.  (Charm pack is quilt lingo for a bundle of precut squares.)  I sewed my grid, and then made the cuts.  Enjoy the photos, as I loved watching this mysterious process unfold, and the pinwheel shapes form.

I really had trouble parting with this leftover (now trash) piece because of being so intrigued by this process. (I had to hang it on the doorknob for a few weeks.)
This photo shows the cut blocks in their original position before being cut with the twister tool.

To finish this small project, I sewed concentric rectangles around the “twister” portion, each row a different color, colors that were represented in the charm pack of fabrics.  I completed it by sewing tiny beads in the center of each “pinwheel” produced by this process.  My grandson examined it and thought they were tiny heads of straight pins instead.  Viola!

Lined up for sewing them back together in the new configuration.
All sewn together.
Awfully pretty for scrap.
I added a white border and then the batting and backing.
On the wall with the colorful border stitching.
Beading detail.

Always fun to try something new. See you soon with some more of the projects I’ve finished in recent months. Look forward to a baby quilt, and two birthday quilts.


  1. Looks very pretty, I to am a quilterand just finished a queen Double Irish Chain for a wedding gift. Look forward to seeing more of your projects. I have a FB page called quilts@quilthugsbyJan

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      I don’t know how someone figured out how to do it in the first place, then made a ruler to do it! Probably a math teacher. 🙂

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