Twister Heart Wallhanging—Put a Heart on It

Twister Heart Wallhanging—Put a Heart on It

So this week’s challenge for Project Quilting is “Put a Heart on It”. I’ve been wanting to do another Lil’ Twister tool quilt AND break into a beautiful Moda charm pack I just got by American Jane called “Merry Go Round”. I love the bright & pastel spring flower-like colors.

So here goes! How do you make a Twister heart? First position all the 5 inch squares into a large patchwork quilt top, kind of in the shape of a heart. This one is 7 x 7 squares.

Sew it altogether, then add a border out of the same background fabric and start cutting with the Lil’ Twister tool, lining the marks on the tool up with the seam lines.

This is the fun part! … it’s fun to see it change.

The hardest part is that first cut… then you line them up into a whole new “twisted” design and sew up the rows and columns again. So cute.

I was able to square up the fabric left between the cuts to use as a 2-1/2 inch square scrap border. There were just enough.

I decided to do a faux piping binding in green and red for a quick finish.

And did simple straight stitch quilting around the pinwheel shape, the border, and a zig zag through the scrappy border. I may go back at a later date to add free motion quilted “petals” in each pinwheel shape and more quilting in the background–either straight stitching or free motion meandering.

So here’s this week’s entry in Project Quilting Season 11 (2020). There’s no voting this year, but come see the entries here.

Until next time, HAPPY QUILTING!


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PS: Since it’s snowing like crazy here this morning in Wisconsin, I decided to hunker down at home and added some more free motion quilting to it.

Quilted Hearts and Twister

Quilted Hearts and Twister

I’ve been wanting to make something for Valentines Day, and when the theme of “Red, White, & Blue” for Project Quilting Challenge #2 (Season 10), I knew what I wanted to make.

The challenge states you can use reds, whites, and blues…any shades…no other colors, but you DON’T have to use all three colors.

  1. RULE#1…Your project should contain ONLY the colors RED, WHITE, and BLUE. It does not have to use all three, but it cannot include any additional colors.

So I decided, with Valentines Day coming up, I’d limit my colors to just the red and white. I went to work scrounging in my fabric stash for every shade of red and white (with no other colors in them) that I could find.

After going through my patterns, searching Pinterest, and having a desire to use my Lil’ Twister tool again, I found a tutorial by Connie Kresin on the cutest little Twister heart pattern and decided that was the one!

I made a quick sketch of the layout of the square colors on paper, and then cut the fabric stash into 5 inch squares. Here they are (below) pinned on my design wall. I realized quickly that it’s best to have contrast between each square (except for the background that’s all the same white with red print).

I sewed the squares together.

Question: do you press the seams to one side (each row in opposite directions) so the seams nest together making the columns easier to sew together? Or do you press the seams open so there’s less bulk at the intersections, making it easier to cut and piece the pinwheels later?

I decided to press the seams open. It takes longer, but it sure makes cutting & sewing the pinwheels easier later.

The next step involves the Lil’ Twister square template. Just line the black lines on the template with where the seams intersect and cut. I twisted them slightly and carefully placed them side by side in a row as I cut them.

Before going on to cut the next row, I like to sew the row together, and even sew the rows together too…less chance of getting them mixed up.

after cutting everything out, you’ll end up with lots of tiny pieces of leftover fabric… I like to trim them to 2-1/2 inch squares to use in another project. I ran out of the background fabric, but if I had more of it I might have used these squares in one of the borders.

This is the fun part! I love ❤️ seeing the pattern–in this case the heart–emerge as I piece it together. Magical!

To keep everything nice and flat, I used Best Press on each row.

All that was left was to add a couple borders, add the batting and backing, and quilt it on my domestic machine (my sweet Bernina 570QE).

Using various reds (Aurifil and Sulky threads), I free motion quilted petals in each pinwheel. And with a walking foot and white thread, did a straight stitch around the heart shape and around the border.

and here it is!

I’m entering this Twisted Heart wall hanging in this week’s Project Quilting.

UPDATE: The voting is now closed. No prizes this time, but it did rank #11 out if 118 entries. Thanks so much for your vote!

Until next time, HAPPY QUILTING!


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Mosaic Pixelated Quilted Wall Hanging

Mosaic Pixelated Quilted Wall Hanging

I found this photo of my dad (Harry Haverkate) that I  just love.  Isn’t he handsome?


I’m not sure of the year, but It was probably taken around the time he was dating my mom (early 1930’s), when he was in his early 20’s.  Back in the time when men often wore suits and always wore a hat.  I thought dad looked so “dapper” with his hat tilted just right.  So I named this quilted wall hanging “Dapper Dad” to hang in our hall in his honor.

I found two websites that will make your jpeg photograph into a pixelated document for free:

One website is pic2pat:

The other is

I scanned the photo, cropped it, and then used the website to convert it into a document with numbered pixels (squares) that I could print out to use as a guide.  Next I drew a 1/4” grid (with my ruler and permanent marker) on a piece of light weight fusible interfacing, and placed it fusible side up on my portable ironing surface.  I cut strips of my hand dyed brown fabrics just a bit wider than 1/4”, and I sorted/numbered them light to dark.


Using the numbered grid as my guide, I started choosing and cutting individual 1/4” squares and “tacking” them onto the fusible interfacing with my small iron.  In areas where more than one square was the same color, I used strips instead. And in large areas with the same number I simply cut squares or rectangles slightly larger than the section.


It’s very much like putting a puzzle together, but you’ve got a guide to help you.  It’s very “mindless” and relaxing.  I love doing it.


Here (above) are the strips in a bin helping me keep the numbers straight.


You can’t see much of anything as you’re putting the puzzle together (see close-up shot above); you just have to trust that it’s going to work.



But when you back up a few feet, you begin to see the photograph come to life!


Then back up even further, and it really begins to look like something!


After adding the batting (pellon fleece) and a backing fabric, I took the fusible interfacing with the squares completely cover it, to my Bernina and free-hand quilted using similar colors of variegated cotton thread.


After adding a striped 3-D border, brown inner border, and paisley outer border and dark brown binding, it was ready to hang in my hallway.  (Sorry for the yellow tint.)


From a distance, you can really see “Dapper Dad”.

Have you tried pixelating in your quilting?  If not, give it a try—it’s so rewarding.

Beagle1     MosaicCat1  pixelated Josh Rhi   Pixelated Pastor Brad

Hope you enjoyed reading about the process.

Have you tried pixelated quilts? I’d love to hear how your experience was.  Please post your comments below, and include a link to your photo if you can.

UPDATE:  I was so pleased to find out the photo quilt got an “honorable mention” ribbon at the Sun Prairie Quilt Show earlier this week!

Until next time, HAPPY QUILTING!


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Making a Flat Label for Quilts and Quilted Items DIY

Making a Flat Label for Quilts and Quilted Items DIY

I needed a flat sew-in label with my shop name and logo for smaller items, like placemats, mug rugs, key fobs, etc.  So I think I figured out a way to do it myself using my PC, Microsoft Word, and an inkjet printer.

I opened up a new Word document and, since I knew I wanted very small labels, I went to page layout and created four columns (see “more columns”).


Then it was just a matter of “inserting” a jpeg picture of my logo that I had on file (resizing it to fit)  and adding the wording in the style, size, and font I liked best.  Once I had one done, all I had to do was “cut & paste” it down the page until all the columns were filled up for one page.


Next, get out the freezer paper, and the tightest weave white muslin you have on hand.


Iron some freezer paper onto the muslin and cut it down with your rotary cutter and ruler so it’s exactly the size of a piece of paper (8-1/2 x 11”).


Iron it again—just to be sure all the corners and edges are secure.  I like to run my lint remover over it, just to be sure I didn’t pick up any stray threads.


For my printer, I needed to put the prepared fabric upside-down so it would feed correctly.  And print on best quality setting.


To be sure it’s secure on the item, I fused it to a sheet of Steam-A-Seam 2 (double fusible web).


Hint:  After it’s cool, it’s easier to pull the backing sheet off now, rather than later.  But be sure to save the backing sheet!


Then it’s just a matter of cutting the labels to the size you want.  I like to do them a column at a time, and only cut what I need.  I can put the sheet of labels that’s left back onto the saved backing sheet to store for the next time I need them.


First I iron them onto the item (it helps secure them for stitching).


And then I stitch them in place, using a matching thread.


And here are the finished key fobs!

I’m not sure how much these labels will stand up to washing—but since many of my smaller items don’t need to be washed much (if at all), I’m not worried.  I may do a test in the future just for fun.

Until next time…HAPPY QUILTING!


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Lil’ Twister Kaleidoscope 4-Patch

Lil’ Twister Kaleidoscope 4-Patch

What do you get when you cross a 4-patch kaleidoscope block with a Lil’ Twister?  …a Lil’ Twister Kaleidoscope 4-Patch table topper!

So I had a few kaleidoscope 4-patches left over from the table runner (see my previous post).  By simply adding the same size squares of a complimentary contrasting fabric, I pieced all the squares together just like a 9-patch (see photo).

Then it was just a matter of cutting out the pieces from the giant 9-patch with the Lil’ Twister tool—lining up the lines on the Lil’ Twister with the seams.

The new pieces are put together creating a pinwheel design.

Not only do you get the secondary pinwheel pattern, but you get a few small leftover squares to use in the border.

After adding borders, quilting around each of the pinwheels, and adding the binding…here’s the finished table topper…


Close-up of the quilting…doesn’t it look like I “fussy cut” each individual wedge of the pinwheel?


And it’s now for sale in my Etsy Shop.  Hope you’ll stop by.



And until next time, Happy Quilting!


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One Block Wonder Spin Off Quilts!

One Block Wonder Spin Off Quilts!

On page 56 of the “One-Block Wonders” book by Maxine Rosenthal, she talks about creating “Sensational Squares” from some of your layered fabric.  After I finished cutting the 60 degree triangles for the OBW in the “Samba” fabric (see last week’s blog), I decided to cut a few of these squares in case I wanted to use them as connectors in my quilt.  She has you cut a four-layer square, then cut it from corner to corner, and sew the triangles back together into a square with a new design…like this.


I decided not to use them in my Samba Kaleidoscope quilt, and I didn’t want to waste them (of course!)…so I decided to challenge myself to come up with another way to use them!

First, I added a black border to each one:

First I laid them out on some blue fabric I happened to have in my stash, thinking an idea would come to me…but I couldn’t find a layout idea I liked…so

I got on my computer and used EQ7 (Electric Quilt) to try different designs until I finally decided on this star pattern, putting the squares in the center!

It took a little math to figure out what size to  make the squares to sew the easy-to-make triangle blocks the right size…

But I over-sized them, so it was easy to trim each one to the exact size I needed.

I had plenty of star blocks, so instead of one large quilt, I decided to make two baby quilts…

The first one has black sashing with an outer border of blue swirl from my Moda “Bungle Jungle” yardage:

Here’s my EQ7 rendering–

Baby black sash 2

And the final quilt top (yet to be quilted—I need to go shopping for a backing):


And here’s Quilt #2 which started out with white sashing,

BUT I thought the white sashing just blended in too much with the star blocks.  So after trying a few different sashings, I finally decided that I liked the addition of a strip of black in each sashing strip:


So here’s the finished top bordered with “Samba” fabric, ready to be quilted. (If I had to do it again, I would have made the cornerstones red.  I’ll use either a red or black binding.


What’s next in my Kaleidoscope exploration?

Well, I’m taking an online class from “Craftsy called Quilted Kaleidoscopes with Marilyn Foreman. I love it.  I found a wonderful fabric at Mill House Quilts, (“Jasmine” by Timeless Treasures).  I’m planning to make a kaleidoscope table runner that the instructor shows as one of several class projects.  I think the fabric is going to work beautifully for it, and I can’t wait to stack it up into four layers for this technique, cut squares out, and see what kaleidoscope effects will happen!

I’ll be sure share the results (good or bad) with you next time!

Until next time, HAPPY QUILTING!


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My Second OBW (One Block Wonder)…Samba Fabric

My Second OBW (One Block Wonder)…Samba Fabric

I couldn’t wait to cut into my “Samba” fabric that I mentioned at the end of my last post.  When I saw it at Quilter’s Compass, I thought it would make a very interesting kaleidoscope effect.  It has so many colors and so much movement.  What a difference from my earlier, more subdued floral table runner!


After tearing the fabric down the middle lengthwise (the scariest part), I layered six panels of fabric together and cut out strips—then subcut the strips into 60 degree triangles (6 of each).     

With each hexagon “kaleidoscope” there are three possibilities—because you can “turn” each triangle three times to create 3 different looks… Here’s an example of one set:

After sewing half-hexi’s (nicely pressed open), I arranged them into piles by color…

I tried to make some sense of the color scheme on my design wall before actually piecing the hexi’s all together… putting the reds off center and then blending them into the blues and yellows and greens.

Here’s the center of the finished quilt top.  A little “LOUD” isn’t it?  But it was fun!

I’m hoping the beautiful deep blue fabric (I went back to Quilter’s Compass to purchase) will calm it down a bit as an inner border.   I’ll add an outer border of the actual fabric yardage and then frame it with blue binding.  I’ll post a photo when it’s all done so you can see how it turns out.

I had a little bit of the fabric (in the 6-layer stack) left over…so I cut some of it into squares, and subcut them into triangles.  I pieced them together to make small kaleidoscope squares (about 4” each).  I want to “challenge” myself to design another quilt or two using these little squares in the center of some kind of blocks.  I’ll share with you what happens in the my blog post…

Until then, HAPPY QUILTING! and Happy Spring!


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Sweet 16 Heart Table Topper for Challenge #4, Season 6 of Project Quilting

Sweet 16 Heart Table Topper for Challenge #4, Season 6 of Project Quilting

I’ve been thinking about the most recent “Have a Heart” Project Quilting Challenge  (challenge #4 of Season 6) and wondering if I could create some kind of an applique pattern that would have at least 12 hearts in it in less than a week!  Having a wind chill of minus 30 wind chill this week, it’s a great time to be in a nice warm quilt studio working!

So I grabbed some paper, started folding it and cutting it up.  It’s fun—like making those snowflakes when we were kids…!  I have to say that trying to create a quilted object in a week for the challenge gets your creative juices flowing.  After several tries, I finally came up with the heart shapes (see photo above), and started “playing” with them to get them to fit within a 10” square.  (I have lots of left-over layer cake 10” squares that I thought would be perfect for this challenge.)

I grabbed some of my favorite iron-on fusible—“Steam-a’-Seam II”, and traced the hearts onto it.  Then cut them out to arrange on one of my 10” squares.

BTW, are you as thrilled as I am that “Steam-a-Seam” is back?  It’s my favorite fusible because of it’s “stickiness”.  The Warm Company was having some production issues. While they were working on an alternative solution to the paper that they use, the machine that they used for testing and production broke down. But everything is fixed, and it’s finally available again online and at your favorite quilt stores.  Yeahhh!

After pressing the template fusible onto the back of the fabric, I’m ready to cut it out on the line.

After fusing all the medium rose & green hearts onto a light printed layer cake background, I decided to try a little handwork.  So I did a chain stitch around the smaller hearts with a Pearl Cotton thread.  It was more work than I bargained for…so after finishing up all the smaller green hearts by hand, I opted to do a machine blanket stitch around the larger hearts.

I found that the Aurifil Thread I won a few weeks ago will match the colors beautifully!  (Thanks again to all who voted for my Sunset quilt–and Kim and Aurifil!!!)

I’m using the “edge” walking foot on my Bernina to do some topstitching around the edges, and stitch in the ditch quilting.

Above you’ll see a close-up of the blanket stitch done in the green (on green) and deep rose (on rose).


And here’s the finished table topper.  It measures 13 x 13 inches after I added the border to the layer cake.  It’s backed with a coordinating fabric, so it’s reversible.





I think it might really look nice as an accent pillow.  Next time, maybe I’ll try making it as a pillow….  or I could enlarge the pattern for a larger table topper or wall hanging.  …Or it might make a cute baby quilt–I can see other blocks surrounding it, or putting 6 blocks together with sashing in-between.  M-m-m-mmm.  More ideas!

Quilting is never-ending, isn’t it? There’s always something new to try. Or one more project to do.

So what do you think?

The voting starts after noon on Sunday, February 22, so be sure to hop on over to Kim Lapacek’s “Permison Dreams Blog”, Project Quilting  to cast your vote for your favorites!

Until next time, HAPPY QUILTING!


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Sunset Art Quilt for Project Quilting Challenge

Sunset Art Quilt for Project Quilting Challenge

This week I’ve decided to join in (for the very first time) with “Project Quilting” challenge.  It’s a one-week quilt challenge put on by Persimon Dreams, a blog by Kim Lapacek.

I met Kim last year while attending her blogging class at Mill House Quilts, and I’ve been following her blog ever since. Kim was recently interviewed on “Sewing with Nancy” by Nancy Zieman about her “Project Quilting” challenges. I’ve been meaning to join in …  I’m finally ready to give it a try.

The theme & rules were given out (in her blog) last Sunday at noon, and the quilted item has to be done and uploaded by this Sunday at noon.  This week’s challenge is “SUNSET”, and the rules are simple–it must be made during the week of the challenge by applique, piecing, or 3 layers quilted together.  There’s no size restrictions.

The first thing that came to mind was a photo I’d taken last summer when my sister, Judi, came to visit Madison.  I treated her to a night downtown at a B&B right on Lake Mendota.  We watched the sunset from the pier after dinner–it was magical.







First I dug through all my fabrics (mostly the one’s I’ve hand-dyed) to find the right shades.







And I sketched my photo onto a piece of muslin.







I think this piece of commercial batik will work for the skyline.







Cutting into the stash, I tried to create the right shading for the background of the sky and water with the sunset in mind.







A few extra bits here and there of slivers of fabric cut with my rotary cutter will (I hope) help convey the feeling of the sunset and it’s reflection on the water.







When all the bits are placed (some with glue, some not) it’s all covered with tulle.  I used black tulle on the water and white tulle on the sky.







Then I quilted it all with batting and backing on my domestic machine with variegated cotton threads in lots of different colors.







Somehow it seemed to need alittle something more–so (after some experimenting) I added a tree with branches and dark foliage.  I’m hoping the foliage looks like the light is sparkling through it–so it’s making it grey and black.







That’s better…







Here’s the finished project (below).  I’ve just uploaded it to Kim’s blog site.  The challenge deadline is Sunday at noon–and voting starts soon after that!  (It would be nice to get a few votes.) 🙂







It’s hard to crop a perfect edge in a quilt–even when it’s nice and square.  It all depends on the angle of the photograph.  On this one, I tried putting black fabric as a background–but it just won’t do.







This one is better–just shows the black binding.






Here’s a close-up.














This photo has more of the wall showing.  Not sure which one I’ll upload for the contest…maybe this one.

Hope you’ll hop on over to Kim’s blog to see all the contestants, and vote for your favorite!

Until next time,



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4 Easy (Cheap) Ways to Organize Fabric (part 2)

4 Easy (Cheap) Ways to Organize Fabric (part 2)

So in the last post I dealt with organizing fabric that’s one yard and over.  Now we’ll deal with the pieces that measure under a yard…

I purchased this garment folder from REI to help me organize/pack clothes for a trip.  Basically, it has a thin board that you use to fold your clothes around.  You slip out the thin board and stack the clothes in a neat little pile into your luggage.  Great idea…and then the “light went on”…this will work for fabric just as well!

#3 One-third to One Yard Fabric

So…I decided to use this idea to flat fold my fabric (about 1/3 to 1 yard) for stacking on the shelf.   Start by pressing the fabric  with selvedges together, then fold one more time.

Then grab a folder–they’re about 9-1/2 x 12″.  If you don’t have a folder, cut a piece of thin cardboard about that size.

Center it on the piece of folded fabric, and then fold each raw edge over it…

And press!  Finally, slide the folder out…(to re-use again)…

and fold it in half once more time and press

This is the perfect size to stack on a shelf.  If you have most of the folds facing the front, you can easily see what’s there and grab a stack when you’re looking for that special batik, or color.

Next time I’ll post about an easy (and cheap) way to store or organize your fabric under 1/3 yard…



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