Thursday, January 6, 2011

Finally a little bit of piecing

fruit twist runnerYesterday I finally sat down at the machine to do a bit of piecing.  It was extra-fun because I used an early birthday present my in-laws gave me when they were down at Thanksgiving.  My birthday isn’t until this month but they didn’t insist that I wait till the actual day to use what I picked out.  In the end I didn’t have time to play with it until almost the birthday anyway, but I savored the anticipation.
I used my new Lil’Twister tool to piece this table runner.  To use the tool you start by sewing together 5” squares of fabric and adding a 3“ border all around.  It feels like you have a quilt just about ready to go, complete with borders, but then you use the Lil’Twister template to cut it all up again. It does create a lot of scraps, but I’ll find a use for them.
I had made a small sample to help me get my brain around how the squares translate into pinwheels so I could figure out how to arrange my squares to get the pinwheels in the arrangement I wanted.  The sample block below (which was a little rumpled when I took the picture) was made with four fabrics in a plain four-patch with a black border.  There isn’t any border added to the final block.  The pinwheels just float on whichever fabric borders the squares.
To get the individual pinwheels to float on a background instead of interlocking with each other as in the sample block, I had to piece a checkerboard instead.

I’m pleased to finally almost have a runner to match the placemats I made with these fruit fabrics a couple of years ago.  The leftover fabric was waiting for just the right pattern.  Now I just have to machine quilt it, which means I need to start practicing.  Yes, piecing this was just an exercise in procrastinating on learning to freemotion quilt!


  1. Boy, what good tutorials we are getting today! Great encouragement and inspiration! I love how those pinwheels look, and I may have to try that method too someday. The triple borders really set it off too! ---"Love"

  2. I just got up the courage to register for a machine quilting class at my LQS. I have always hand quilted everything, partly because I do love it but partly because I didn't know how to machine quilt. I'm gonna do it! Practice, practice, practice!

    Love your new tool, the quilt looks great! Have fun!

  3. That's so cute! I love the skinny borders on the top and bottom. And thanks for sharing how to float the pinwheels. I haven't looked at my directions yet, but I was trying to figure out how to make my project a little bigger than connecting all the squares to each other. Now I know!

  4. Wow your twist it turned out amazing. I did one a little while back that I will need to post. I learned a few things about what not to do! Are you going to make the sample square into a hot pad to go with the rest of the set? You will have one well dressed table!

  5. This is one of my favorite patterns - I love how you made the pinwheels float. The fabric is great.♥

  6. Oh, very pretty! Love the colors. Been hearing alot about this little tool. Planning a trip to JoAnne's soon so I will look for it.


  7. Well, it seems you have this gadget figured out. I love your table runner, and I remember the placemats, too.


  8. Beautiful.. I love your color combination!

  9. I remember those fabrics on the store shelves;) Have fun learning to machine quilt;)
    Happy Quilting!!


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