Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tessellating Pinwheels

Quilters just love cool gizmos and we can't get enough of them! They make easy work of complicated or intricate processes. At the August Choo Choo Quilters meeting, guild members enjoyed a program and demonstration on using the Li'l Twister template for making a tessellating pinwheel table runner.
The book that accompanies the template, Let's Twist, by Marsha Bergren, offers several ideas and projects for using the template.

For the table runner, a package of charm squares is sewn into two strips with a contrasting border fabric. The Li'l Twister template is positioned on the seam lines for cutting. After cutting each patch, it is important to keep track of its placement in the overall layout.

Members brought pre-sewn charm squares and had an opportunity to work with the template.

As each patch is cut and positioned in the layout, the pinwheels begin to appear. Contrast between the pinwheel fabrics and the border fabrics is an important aspect to the success of the tessellations.

Show and Tell
A jumbo Carpenters Wheel quilt

A sweatshirt jacket... ready for the perfect buttons.

And... wait for it...
Ta daaaah! The famous (or infamous) Blue Feathered Star quilt is finished at last! So, what will she talk about now???


  1. Great coverage of the meeting, V! It was a fun night---lots of conversation and participation. Gotta love that! The blog's pre-meeting instructions were so helpful and added to making participation easier to understand. Whoo-hoo for the Blue Feathered Star completion! Can't wait to see all the finished table runners next month.

  2. Veronica, I've been basically mute since the meeting. Turns out I really have nothing to talk about since the BFSFH is complete.

  3. Cristy: I'm sure you will find something to talk about. Surely you have a few more interesting UFOs you can tell us about.