I would like to introduce our newest pattern, Frame & Twist, TWS108, which is designed to work with 24″ or 36″ panels and the Mini Twister tool. You can use portrait or landscape orientations. I had lots of fun designing this pattern and playing with different fabric possibilities.
While searching for different panels to try with the design, I was excited to find a beautiful new ABC panel from Robert Kaufman designed by Carmen Mok called Lettered. Robert Kaufman Fabrics kindly contributed a panel for us to include in our big giveaway which includes the new Frame & Twist pattern, the Mini Twister tool, and all of the fabrics to make the quilt top. So please keep reading to learn more about this design and see how to enter the giveaway.
Here’s the Lettered panel in the Bright colorway:
To figure out which fabrics I wanted to combine with the panel, I pulled out my Kona solids stash and color card, and also found a print with black flowers drawn on white Kona called Blueberry Park which seemed like the perfect background for some bright Kona pinwheels. After playing with several different fabric combinations I decided on this:
I chose 5 Kona colors for the bright pinwheels: Corn Yellow, Bright Pink, Jade Green, Mulberry, & Peapod, Kona-Black for the dark pinwheels and corner backgrounds, the Blueberry Park black & white floral for the backgrounds, and Kona-Shadow (a light gray) for the thin borders.
Here’s the design rendering using EQ.
The pinwheel process using the Mini Twister tool is very easy. You simply sew together squares, frame them, and then cut them out with the square twister tool to create the pinwheel shape. Here are some shots of my process so you can see the magic happen.
Framed yellow square to create a corner pinwheel and a framed strip of squares to create a multi-pinwheel strip.
The lines on the Mini Twister tool are positioned on top of the seams and then you cut around the perimeter of the tool. Just four easy cuts and voila, you have the pieces to complete a pinwheel!
For a strip of pinwheels, you just create a long strip of squares. I alternated the bright Kona colors with black and then used the black & white floral for the pinwheel border. Above you can see the first 4 cuts I made and how they are then positioned in the order cut to sew together and create pinwheels.
Here’s my completed quilt top which of course will look much more exciting after quilting. I might use cuddle fabric on the back to turn it into a snuggly baby/toddler quilt, or go with a regular backing to use the quilt as a wallhanging…I haven’t decided yet:)!
The Frame & Twist pattern includes many options for the pinwheels and backgrounds. You can choose to make multi-colored pinwheel points rather than each pinwheel being completely one fabric. Below is a rendering of what the quilt could look like if I chose to make 4-patches for the pinwheel squares.
The Lettered panel also comes in an Indigo or Sunflower colorway. Here’s a quilt rendering showing the indigo colorway:
The Mini Twister tool comes with instructions to make a tablerunner and shows the process of making multi-color pinwheel points.
Here is the tablerunner using Kona solids in patriotic colors.
And here’s an example of multi-color pinwheels alternating with yellow pinwheels in the Mini Twister Rings pattern using Kona solids.
So let’s get to the giveaway which includes all of the items shown in the photo below: Lettered bright panel, Mini Twister tool, new Frame & Twist pattern, and all the other fabrics to complete the quilt top so it includes a total of almost 3-3/4 yards of fabric!
To enter the giveaway leave a comment on this blog post. Please also follow the blog. For additional chances to win, like – follow – and tag a friend on our Instagram. You can also like – follow – and tag a friend on our Facebook page TSDesigns.TwisterTools. You can enter up until midnight CST April 2.
Kathy E. is the lucky winner, congratulations! Thank you to everyone who participated and we appreciate all your comments.
Good luck & happy twisting!
Twister Sisters Designs
Emily Zahasky says
Wow! What a beautiful quilt – you did such a lovely job. And a giveaway? How can I resist?! 🙂
Such a beautiful design!!! I want one please!!! 🙂
Sandy Allen says
Love the frame around the city scene. So much fun and different than I have seen before!
Thanks for the chance to win.
JoAnn Murray says
This is beautiful! It looks so detailed , but is actually easy! These “twister templates” are on my wishlist!
What a gorgeous quilt–and my daughter is in love with it, too!
What a fun quilt! Thanks for the chance to win!
Michele T says
I’ve always admired twisted quilts, such a beautiful design! My fingers are crossed, thank you!
Beth B says
Great design! Love the letter fabric.
Connie German says
Very clever and innovative.
Janet T says
Great design for the panels shown! It is hard to find something to go with a panel to enlarge a quilt.
I love all your patterns so I would love to win this one.
Nancy Roraback says
This is so cute! I love the panel and pinwheels are my favorite!
This is a beautiful design! The twisted pinwheels are gorgeous!
Angela Bowling says
This is a great giveaway. I’ve always wanted to try the twisted template. I watched a video on how to use it and I thought it would be fun.
Jenniffer Howling says
A fun New way to twist
Lorna Schutz says
What an inspiration! A newly like me is always excited to see these colorful creations. Love the colors. Thanks for a chance.
Love my Twister Tool—I used it to make new table toppers for my mom’s living room.
Joanne Roberts says
I have a twister tool and I’m so afraid to use it. Afraid I’ll screw it up.
I love this quilt. It is so cute. I have never used a twister tool but it looks like fun!
I have 2 of the twister tools but have not used them yet. I really like this technic
Audrey Hall says
I love making twister items I have all the twister rulers and all the patterns.
Vonnie Armstrong says
I just love the twister tool! I have never seen the process before. Very cool. And the Lettered panel is gorgeous. Thank you for having this giveaway.
mary mandernach says
Great idea using the pinwheels in the border. I’ve done 5 twister quilts.
Tina Higdon says
I have never seen a twister quilt before, and these a simply beautifully unique.
Susan MacLeod says
What a sweet giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity to win.
Quilting Jeannie says
Thank you, I’d love to win. What a colorful quilt kit and alphabet is always irresistible.
Absolutely amazing – what a neat technique!!! and I love the fabric – text is one of my fab designs to use in quilts!
Very Nice! Love the twister frame!
Deborah Rickelmann says
Beautiful quilts !! Thank you for the chance to win
Tamara Isaacs-Smith says
Lovely, thank you for the chance to win and I look forward to seeing more cool ideas.
Ruth Mendum says
I love this technique. Always looking for new ways to produce fun shapes. Thanks for your work.
Really will try this technique.
Daryl Perry says
Love Twister quilts, but haven’t used them for a border before. Looks great!
What a unique tool! And beautiful panel. Thanks for the tutorial and chance to win!
This quilt would be so much fun to try! Thank you
What a great quilt and I love the ABC panel.
Katy M says
Would love to win this for my little boy who’s just starting to learn the alphabet ??
The ABC quilt is beautiful, and looks so easy!
Mary Lee Watson says
Twister projects are among my favorites. I have made several in various sizes. This idea is truly unique.
Patti Porosky says
Thank you so much for speaking at our guild meeting. I was mesmerized by your incredible trunk show and the twisted ruler method. Thank you also for this opportunity to win this wonderful prize.
Sheri Goltz says
I was delighted to discover your website with so many more twister patterns! I made a small wall hanging years ago after my friend introduced me to this technique. I’m currently working on 2 JOY wall hangings for sisters with that middle name!
What a fun design. Congrats. Looks great. Am now a follower and looking forward to seeing what you are up to.
Can’t resist alphabet designs! I love using the Twister tools. Now following blog. Thank you.
Donna W says
Love your frame idea! I have used the twister tool before, but not the mini. thanks for the chance to win these fabulous gifts.
Barbara Winkler says
Beautiful twisters, but I hate to waste all that fabric. Just frugal!!
Darlene Jacolik says
Been hoping to make something with these tools. Your ideas are amazing.
Gladys Luecken says
Really like new ideas for using the twister ruler
Been using it for about 9 years in quilts, table runners, and wallhangings
This panel is just beautiful! And a giveaway, love it!
These are beautiful! I would love to learn how to do this!
Phyllis Brauneis says
Love the panel technique. Thanks for your trunk show.
Would love to win. Thanks for the chance.
I just learned how to use the twister tool last week and have found it to be quite fun. Don’t know why I avoided it for so long. Thanks for showing this project.
Glenda Britten says
Sew very cute. Always on lookout for ways to frame a panel.
Love your quilts
Dar Medcalf says
My Mom, Dorothy Hendrickson, a Bemidji Master Quilter would love this give away~ So very beautiful!!
Nicole Sender says
The alphabet quilt would be so much fun to make for my grandson! He is learning his letters right now!
Ireta Larson says
I like how the twister adds interest to the borders
janice puttbrese says
Beautiful choice of colors.
What a great pattern to use a panel and the Twister tool!
Alicia Round says
This quilt looks so fun to make ?
Such a fun way to finish a panel!
Melanie Noyes says
I love the pinwheel technique
Linda Cartwright says
WOW! I love this tool. I need to learn to do this!
What a fantastic way to frame quilt panels, love it.
Elaine Jordan says
Just watched a Youtube video on how to use the twister tool – now I want to try it out!
Jacklynn Grimm says
The border of mini twisters make an awesome frame! Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for the chance to win!
Fireside Quilter says
I’d love to make this adorable quilt… especially the twisted border!! What an awesome touch!!
Kathy E. says
Oh. How I’d love to make this! Pinwheel have always been my favorite block and being a teacher, letters are right up there too as favorites! This is awesome!
Susan Ikin says
Love the frame idea and the tutorial. Would love this kit.