Twisted Snowflakes Baby Quilt
Something to do when it's cold outside!
Every once in a while I like to try different techniques, don't you?
You're probably familiar with "twisted" quilts, but everyone should try to make one, at least once anyway. I used a tool that I found stashed away in a drawer in my studio--had forgotten where and when I purchased it. My good friend, Regina reminded me that I bought this when we traveled to the annual AQS show in Paducah, Kentucky, several years ago. Anyway, it's called the "LIL' TWISTER" by CS Designs (www.country-schoolhouse.com) (I hope that link still works) and includes the little 3 1/2" ruler in the package with instructions.
Basically, here's how it works:
First, you piece 5" squares. Most people use assorted nickel squares, but I chose to do a simpler, 2-color scheme. You create a large but simple patchwork to cut from like this:
To this, you add 3" borders.
Second, you use your handy-dandy ruler to place where indicated by the lines on the ruler at each seam intersection, and cut out the 3 1/2" squares like this:
Note: This does create a LOT of wasted scraps, so I used the little squares left over after cutting, trimmed them down a bit, and made the borders from them. You stack them in the direction exactly as you cut them. I sewed one row at a time myself. Here's the first two rows joined:
Third, join all the rows and add your own borders. Voila!
I'm having my good friend, Elvera, hand quilt this for me. She said she needed something to do (that was the wrong thing to say around me!). I'm thinking about adding eyelet lace to the edge for finishing instead of binding. That will give it a really delicate look. I'll update on here when it's finished and available for sale. If you're interested in purchasing it, first come, first serve, email me.
There must be a direct correlation between quilters and tedium. I mean, if a person loves to quilt, odds are that person also loves to work jigsaw puzzles. Such is my case. I LOVE to work jigsaw puzzles! To me, they are therapy. I can tune out the world, cure my insomnia, and enjoy doing it. Not really into landscape puzzles (you know, like all the old Big Ben ones). Don't like the brain teasers either, like all marbles, or nothing but candy. Someone once gave me an all-black puzzle. I thought that was somewhat cruel, but it went in the trash anyway. I like interesting subject matter. Here are my most recent ones I've done in the last month or so:
This one was like a Norman Rockwell painting. It was as big as the coffee table. Notice the quilts on the clothesline.
This was so much fun! And, of course, sewing related. Notice the bolts of fabric too.
This was wonderful to work! The hardest part was the crazy quilt, but so much fun. It is an actual picture of an appliquéd quilt, by the way.
Next up on the table will be the annual Christmas puzzle. I've worked this puzzle every Christmas for as long as I can remember. It's a huge 3000-piece collage puzzle with a Christmas theme. It's just not Christmas until it's done, lol.
Finished the Christmas puzzle: Still fun!!
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Tag Line of the Month
Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
May you always have a quilt in the hoop,
December 1, 2014
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August, 2001- Premiere Issue: Explanation of Website Categories, Picture of Author
September, 200l - Eden Mennonite Sewing Society, Oklahoma MCC Relief Sale Link, New House Hunting Pattern, New Ozark Mountain Night Pattern, Call for Guest Gallery
October, 2001 - Plett's Plot, Sewing Society Follow Up, New Quilter's Alphabet Pattern, New My Stars & Bars Pattern, Free Block of the Month Project - House Hunting
November, 2001 - HenryCat, My Stars & Bars Free Block of the Month, New Easy Eights Pattern, Granny's Tip of the Month
December, 2001 - MCC Relief Sale, Enid, Oklahoma; Quilter's Corner, Auction Bay, Featured Quilt, Other Quilts, 10,000 Villages, Twilling, Finished Simply Amish Quilt, Free Block of the Month - Easy 8's, New Heart Trio Pattern - Appliqué
January, 2002 - New Year's Resolution; Website Reviews: Bead Creative, Quilting with a Passion, Webshots, Lancaster Gen. Store, others; Quilters Mall Crawl; Free Block of the Month - Calendar Blocks
February, 2002 - Grandma's Buttons Lap Quilt, weather box, Quilt University.Com, Fran Iverson Gonzalez, Hawaiian Ice Breaker, Paypal Added, Connecting Threads, New Pattern - Proud Mamas, Free Block of the Month - Heart Trio Table Runner
March, 2002 - Twilling Quilt Update, Quilt Car, Worm Song, Alex Anderson's Chat Room, Out with Henry, In with Frosty, Free Block of the Month - Simple Scrappy Pleasures.
April, 2002 - Finished Shadow Quilt Top, Yoyo Site, equiltessence.com, Snoopy Dance, What Muppet are You?, Free Block of the Month - Proud Mamas, In the Works - Train Quilt & 9-Patch Wonders
May, 2002 - Nite-Nite Express Quilt & new pattern, Mr. Skunk, Frosty Update, End of the Internet Site, Sewing Genie Review, Ground Zero Quilt Site, Internet Bumper Stickers Site, What Simpson are You?, Crazy Horse Site, 9-Patch Wonders new pattern and free BOM, New Logo
June, 2002 - Eden Mennonite's Broken Star, Stack & Slash Tutorial, Gauge your Age, T-Shirt Quilts, What Storybook Character are You?, Holiday/Birthday List Link, Vacation Notice, Quilt Index. Com Mall Crawl
July, 2002 - Our mention in Quilters' Newsletter Magazine, Diana's 9-Patch Wonder Recipe #3, Diana's Simple Scrappy Wall Hanging, Fractal Quilts Link, What Vegetable R U?, Smiley Reference Link
August, 2002 - Homeland Pride Quilt, Winsome Wildflowers Quilt, Gag Gifts Link, What's Your Inner Flower?, Quilters' Survey, Fireworks Link, WWQP Pattern Search Link, Funny Valentine Link, Kansas Trouble Quilt Pattern
September, 2002 - Simple Scrappy Pleasures Finished Quilt, Sharon Caligan's Simple Scrappy Quilt, Friendship Basket Exchange Block, Nickel Cobblestones New Pattern, Kansas Troubles New free BOM Project, Mini Munchkin land Link, Useful Items Link, Quilt Costs Link, Useless Quiz Link, Jeanne Prue's Guest Gallery Link, The Mom's Dictionary Link
October, 2002 - Book One--the First Collection, Basket Luncheon Set, Friendship Basket Swap, Baby Cobblestone in Progress, Site-seeing, 3 Barns Kansas show
November, 2002 - Cobblestone Finished, Another Nite-Nite Baby Express Finished, Jungle Lone Star Finished, Site-Seeing Links: Kaleidoscope toy, Funky Chicken, Quilt Lid Boxes, Telephone Game, Which Villain Are You?, Weird Eyeball, Pickup Truck Cover, Quilt Block Design Interactive, Movie Physics; Simple Scrappy Wall Hanging new Free BOM Project; Bird Hunting and Pieced Flowers In the Works.
December, 2002 - Thirteen Flowers Finished, 4th Nite-Nite Express Finished, Pat Katnik's Nite-Nite Express, Site-Seeing Links: Quilts Stolen, Paint by Number, Sarah Mylchreest, Snowmen, Giggles, Mugshots, Canon Cards, Twelve Flowers New Free BOM Project, Snowball Poem
January, 2003 - Bird Hunting Pattern and Quilt done, Site-Seeing Links: Google View Search & Bill Coleman's Photographs. Addition of Guest Gallery, Beaded Egg, Scrap Quilts in the Works
February, 2003 - Nancy Adams' quilt, Juliana Winegarten's quilt, Tulsa Volunteer Blocks, Site-Seeing Links: 71 Reasons to Buy Fabric, FBI Watching You, The Weedeater Quilt
March, 2003 - Just Quilt It! Feature Story; Site-Seeing Links: 12 Flowers Block Swap, Quilt Judges, & Where words come from; Plaid Mad in the Works, & Peacocks in the Works
April, 2003 - Pretty-Boy Peacocks Finished; Site Seeing Links: Owl Cam, Eagle Cam, Old-Fashioned Living, People/Dogs, Armed Services Banner; What's New Decisions/Decisions
May, 2003 - Muskogee Quilt Show, 2003; Site Seeing Links: Leather Thimble, Evil Squirrels, The Weird Chronicles, Iraqi Information Minister, What's New Ducks in a Row, My Stars & Bars free block of the month.
June, 2003 - Penguin Quilt, Site Seeing Links: QuiltMaker program, Baby crib quilt racks, Quilter signs, Carjacker raccoons, Avoid alien abductions, EQ4/5 Tutorials, What's New Lone Star Basics Pattern
July, 2003 - Darcy Ashton in T-Town, What's New Caddo River, Appliqué Wall Hanging Top, Site-Seeing Links: Easy Circle Cathedral Window, Falcon's Bird Cam, Snowflakes, Lunch Boxes, Invisible Thread Review
August, 2003 - Lone Star Appliquéd quilt, Site-Seeing Links: Classic Couches, Digital Clock, Singing Horses, Stress Test; What's New: Shopping Cart, ShortnScrappy Pattern, Picture Frame New BoM project, Buster Licking
September, 2003 - Precut Kits, Other Kits, What's New Toy Box Baby quilt coming up, Site-Seeing: Fly Swatter, What Kind of Storm Are You?, Interactive Kitty
October, 2003 - Eden Mennonite Church Fall Country Festival, The Spellchecker Paragraph, Site-Seeing Links: Wrap them in Love, EtchASketch, Marie Webster Story, Interactive Shapes Board Site, Car Handbags, More Fractals, Urban Legends Detector Site; What's New Toy Box Baby Quilt Pattern free, Patches/Scrappy Photos.
November, 2003 - Short & Scrappy Photos, Site-Seeing Links: Test Results of Fusible Web, Terrell Designs, Clean Your Sewing Machine; What's New Baby Steps
December, 2003 - The Buttonhole, Sew Natural, Henfeathers, Site-Seeing Links: Marsha McCloskey, Porky Sings Christmas, Daily Devotional Site, Which Biological Molecule Are You?, Nice Christmas Card
January, 2003 - Bandana Quilt, Site-Seeing Links: Dancing Paul, ZeFrank.com, Chicken Purse
February, 2004 - Absolute Beginners' Series, Fine-Toothed Comb, Site-Seeing Links: Color Trends, Quilters' Husband, Hand Quilting Frame, Hypnotizing Balls
March, 2004 - Absolute Beginners' Series completed, Site-Seeing Links: Kameleon Quilts, Note Pad Graphics, The Original Laughing CAT; Christine's Cat Scan..ner
April, 2004 - Mary Covey Feature, Site-Seeing Links: Fling the Cow, Owl Cam is Back, Tomato Pincushion, Paint a Wall quilt
May, 2004 -Muskogee 2004 Quilt Show, Site-Seeing Links: Batting in a Can, Many uses of Freezer Paper, Senses Test, Chiseled in Cloth. com, Boy Scout songs, Pass the 3rd Grade, The Wedding Dress Guy; What's New: Mystery Free
June, 2004 - Pups N Pails, Site-Seeing Links: Serial Quilter, John Flynn's Backing Formula, Are You As Old As You Feel?, Computer 101 Lessons, Office Supplies Attack, Snoopy Happy Dance; What's New? Mystery of the Half Moons
July, 2004 - Quilt Frame Corner Stands, Site-Seeing Links: Marvin the Martian, Organizing Tips, Scouts Crafts for Summer, Baby Shade Tent, Liberty Fireworks
August, 2004 - Nine-Patch Wonders II, Site-Seeing Links: Bargello Design Program, Freezer Paper Project, HP Fabric Printing, Cow Tipper Game, Penguin Game, Paper Snowflakes, Timed Typing Test, Penguin Slapping
September, 2004 - Inola Independent article, Big MOVING day arrived, Site-Seeing Links: More kids' craft projects, Every Cat Picture that Ever Was, Quilting Stencil Super Site, National Quilting News Site.
October, 2004 - Workroom curtains; Missing Scrappy Cat; Mystery Solved; Site-Seeing: Curtains 101, Craftgard products, Curtain Instructions, Photo stamps, quilt index ORG.
November, 2004 - Site-Seeing: Handkerchief Magic, EQ challenge album, Amish Country Lanes quilts for sale, Quilt Bus Halloween quilt story, The Boring Site
December, 2004 - Christmas Cactus quilt top; New Starlight Sampler in the works; Site-Seeing: Mt. St. Helens watch-cam, Bizarre Star Dance site, Painted Barns, Hummingbird nest; Whitehouse Pan-cams; Carola Forsberg's Webshots Album
January, 2005 - Home Sweet Mobile Home; Starlight Sampler 2005; QI Mall Crawl; Site-Seeing: Lost Frog, the Real Story about the Frog, Super Stencil Site, quilt fiction, hieroglyphics, colorful eye candy
February, 2005 - Carola's Square Dance; New Mystery--Granny's Road Trip; Forum news; Site-Seeing: Cat Screen-saver, Interactive quilt design creator, Dianne Johnston products, Home projects site, Little Village Eye Candy, Road to California Show Winners, Club Q's Star Challenge Entries, More Painted Barns
March, 2005 - Dutch Blues; Quilting By the River, 2005; Forum news; Anilee's Mystery Travelers; Site-Seeing: Paducah game, Wild Salmon on Parade, Patches the Horse, Granny's Road Trip Online, Kona Coffee Contest, EQ's January Challenge Results
April, 2005 - Baby Hearts, Quilting By the River 2005, Forum news, Site-Seeing: New Quilting Channel, Penguin Cam, Dover Weekly Sampler
May, 2005 - Nickel Nines, Forum News, Favorite Things, Site-Seeing: Pretreated Fabric by the Yard, the Dark Room, Buzzwhack, Shaken Faces, Po'boy Long Arm, Bubble Wrap, AQS 2005 Winners
June, 2005 - Sisters In Stitches, Jenks Quilt Show Link, Forum News, Site-Seeing: Normal Test, Bear Pyramid, Photo Stamps Again, Genuine Smile Test, Skunk Formula, Mercury Template, Country Music, AQS Contest.
July, 2005 - Memorial
August, 2005 - Jenks Quilt Show Pictures, Site-Seeing: Interactive Dancing Skeleton, Excuse List, Texture Color Wheel, Men In Coats!, Duct Tape Clothing, Dog Humor Links
September, 2005 - Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts, Site-Seeing: Ice Cream Quiz, Find the Real Penny, Hoffmans 2005 Challenge, Goodwill Auction Site
October, 2005 - Eden Day in the Country, Uncle Sam & Regina, Site-Seeing: EQ Contest; Fractal Katrina Images; HP Learning Center; NOAA Satellite Imagery; Forum "netiquette"
November, 2005 - Eden Mcc 2006 quilt top, Site-Seeing: Claudia Hieber's QNN Episode; Aunt Grace Challenge 2005 Winners, Interactive Pumpkin Carving; Hurrican Name Facts.
December, 2005 - Claudia's Nickel Bricks quilt, Baby Nickels Quilt #8, Site-Seeing: Block Central Blogs, Porky Singing Again, The Daily Kitten, Shark Cam, Jos Ley's Fractile Image Gallery
March, 2006 - Starlight Sampler Finished, Library Fund Raising Quilt, Site-Seeing: Snowglobe, Snowflake Creator, Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Club, Art Quilt Tahoe, Quilt Shops Map, The Toymaker.com, Alex Anderson's Podcast, FBI eyes, Road to California Winners, Irena's Webshots, Moving Jigsaw Puzzle
April, 2006 - Mary's Log Cabin top, Ella's Basket top, Heart Scramble block, Site-Seeing: City Data, Auctionfabric.com, EQ Challenge, Elm Creek Sequel, Reproduction Chintz Fa brics, The Juggler, The Owl Cam, Real People Phone Numbers, LeAnn Weaver's New Site.
May, 2006 - Some baby quilts, Site-Seeing: More Amazing Juggling, Quilt University's Glossary of terms & techniques, Wikipedia.com, Camille Allen Baby Sculptures.
June, 2006 - Starred & Feathered, Site-Seeing: Paducah Winners, Paper Dolls, Hmong/Amish Quilters
July, 2006 - Bob's Mourning Quilt, Tulsa Show, Site-Seeing: Kaleidoscop e, Russian Quilt Site, Penguin site, Stabilizer for String Piecing,
August, 2006 - Pryor Quilt Show, Triplets Quilts, Site-Seeing: Quick Change Artists
September, 2006 - Twisted Mystery Quilt (LOST!), Site-Seeing: Christmas Day Counter, Hoffman Challenge Winners, Quilts of Valor, Parking Game
November, 2006 - Lost Mystery Quilt, Site-Seeing: UFO Donor Site, National Park Tour, Dover Sampler, EQ6 Arrived, Dawn Stewart's Clip Art
December, 2006 - Snowstorm, Quilts of Valor, Site-Seeing: Back to the 60's, Christmas Songs, Christmas Traditions
January, 2007 - Arrival of EQ6, Toy Box Baby Quilt on Free BOM page
February, 2007 - Ice Storm of 2007, Christmas Mystery Photos, Site-Seeing: Tying Quilts, Make Your Own Basting Glue, Painting Game, Make Your Own Dress Form, Quilted Periodic Table, Offbeat News and Videos, Win a Trip to Space, How to Photograph Quilts
March, 2007 - Fanfare Jenks Quilt Show Quilt Top, Mary Riley's Simple Scrappy Pleasures, Site-Seeing: AQS Online Quilt Show Winners, Jenks American Great American Quilt Show Info, Using 9 Patch Geometry, Rhombic Hexecontahedron
April, 2007 - Triplets Update, Ice Storm Damage, Site-Seeing: Gardening Fun, Brain Speed Test
May, 2007 - Christine Holloway's Lone Star Basics class, Site-Seeing: Graph Paper PDF, The Alex & Ricky Show, EQ Fabric Pallettes
June, 2007 - Regina's Butterfly Top, Memorial Day Picnic, Site-Seeing: New Postal Rates, DoNotCall Site, Terry Crawfords' site.
July, 2007 - Pryor Patchers' centennial quilt, Site-Seeing: Over dyeing Tutorial, Dinosaurs, Morphing works of art.
August, 2007 - SLASH YOUR STASH Leisure Arts published, Site-Seeing: Quilters' Search Engine, Heirloom Quilts Tutorials, You Tube - Quilting with Buck, You Tube - Cute Kitten
September, 2007 - Decisions/Decisions Red & Blue, Site-Seeing: Obedient Dog, Dawn's blog, AQS Nashville winners
October, 2007 - Four-Patch Frenzy quilts, New Project--Simple Scrappy Treasures--on the free page
November, 2007 - Devon's Four-Patch Frenzy, Simple Scrappy Treasures Retail Pattern Available, Site-Seeing: EQ Club Challenge results, Retail Hanging Sleeves, Dancing Bird, Mosaic Quilt, Quilter's TV, Needle-Minders, Hoffman Fabric Challenge 2008, Houston Winners
December, 2007 - Blake's Four-Patch Frenzy, Site-Seeing: Wild Unmentionables, Maxine's website, snowflake maker, online puzzles.
January, 2008 - Twisted Mystery Again, New Year's Resolutions, Site-Seeing: AQS winners, Dover Sampler.
February, 2008 - Notice of "hiatus", Site-Seeing: Christmas Card Projects, Recycling Rotary Cutter Blades, Mouse Pin Cushion, Do Not Call Link, a Knitted Ferrari
July, 2008 - Preorder of Loose Change on other websites; Site-seeing: Unique Quilters' site, Persimmon Quilts free mysteries.
September, 2008 - Eden Mennonite Quilters, "Loose Change" Pre-orders, Fruit of the Spirit Wallhanging, Whitney's Garden Quilt, Site-Seeing: How Your Machine Works, Old Candid Camera Clip, Cat Asking for his Dinner Cartoon, the Mom Paycheck
November, 2008 - Release of Loose Change, 5 & Dimes Rulers available also, Beginning Bedazzled Mystery on the free page, Quilt Shoppe Forum fall block, Site-seeing: Binding video, Mennonite FAQ site, Crocheted quilts, Yo-Yo keyfobs, Reversible Patchwork Bag, Fusing Plastic Bags
December,2008 - Bartlesville Jubilee Quilters; Regina's Glory Boxes Top; Claudia's Ancestors' Pictures; Mae Plett Memoriam; Site-Seeing: Philobolus, and Red Green's Portable Garden
February, 2009 - Twisted Mystery #4; Delphi QSF Comfort Quilt; Blake Johnson Memoriam; Site-Seeing: Cat Roomba, Youtube Video & Song, Quilty Greeting Cards, EQ6 Palettes from Connecting Threads, EQ6 Wreathmaker Tutorial
March, 2009 - Two more T-shirt Quilts, Le Ann's Block of the Month, Site-Seeing: Monthly Desktop Calendars, Online Dictionary
April, 2009 - That Patchwork Place Quilt Collection release, Pryor Patcher's Quilt Guild workshop, Site-Seeing: Loose Change classes, Online Quilt Design, Red Green's All-Wheel Drive Vehicle, Vertical Robotic Quilting Machines
June, 2009 - Kimberly Simpson's Atwell Quilt, Flooded House, Last Episode of Bedazzled Mystery, Site-seeing: English Paper Piecing Tutorial, Accuradio, Charming Piano-playing couple, What is your Birth Flower?
September, 2009 - Pike/Lin Quilters of Clarksville, Mo., 2 Kimberley Simpson Vintage Block Quilts, Webkinz, Site-Seeing: Quilter's Charm Bracelets, Country Festival 2009 Link, Ray Steven's Super Glue Song, Webkinz link.
November, 2009 - Muskogee Quilters Workshop, That Patchwork Place 2010 Calendar, Japanese Yen, Valerie Bradley's Jamie's Quilt, Site-Seeing: Nebraska Quilt Guild, Jaquie Lawson's Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie, Victorian Frames for Quilt Labels, MS Clip Art Online, IQF 2009 Winners, AQS Expo Winners, Scott Weaver's Hey, I Found the Loose Nut
February, 2010 - Carolyn Morris' Nickel Bricks, February Snowstorm, Site-Seeing: Recycling Fabrics, EQ Image tutorial, Diane Anderson's Desktop Calendars, Benni Harper EQ projects, quiltingboard.com; Calendar Free Project for 2010
October, 2010 - Release of More Loose Change! the Abbotsford Quilt Guild and their Simple Scrappy Treasures quilts; Site-Seeing: Dancing Skeleton, Log Cabin Quilt Shop, New online Quilt Pattern Magazine, Le Ann's new Blog, The Evolution of Dance
December, 2010 - Edmond Quilt Guild and workshop, Le Ann's Quilt of Valor friends at the Claremore Quilt Show, Finished Row-by-Row Free Project, Poor Pitiful Pearl Doll, Site-Seeing: A Well-Trained Jack Russell, Yahoo's weird Sites, Ricky Tim's One-Seam Flying Geese Tutorial, Hallelujah Chorus Flash Mob at Macy's, Basting from the Back Applique Tutorial, & the MidAmerican Grille
February, 2012 - Fortune Cookie Workshop, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Karen Linton's Baby Nickel Quilt, Nickel Quilt Sightings, Finished Row-By-Row quilts, Quilter's Alphabet Wall Hanging Free Project, Site-Seeing: Simon Cat's Snow Experience, LeAnn's Pillowcase Tutorial, Old TV Episodes on Hulu, Bottle Band
September, 2014 - Bandana Quilt, Horses, Butch & Bonnie, The Mayor's Quilt, Free BOM Random Blocks, Site-Seeing: Flange Binding Tutorial, Free Printables Link, How Many Squares in a Fat Quarter Tutorial
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