Primitive Pinwheels Twister Table Topper Quilt

Betty Lou at Sugarland Quilts had a post about this quilt and I knew I had to make it.  It finishes at 11x 12-¾ inches, just the right size for my mini-quilt rack.

For Mother’s Day, I asked for the kit which includes 30 medium/dark 3-½ inch charm squares, ¼ yd. of border and binding fabric and the Primitive Pinwheels tool plus instructions for $20 from Primitive Gatherings:

Click here to see the pattern.

The 30 blocks are sewn together along with the border and then cut into 2-½ inch squares with the special tool.

The smaller squares are sewn back together to form pinwheels.  Follow the pattern directions doing one row at a time to avoid confusion and mixing up the squares.  If you lay the rows out on a mat as you sew, you can see how the pinwheels come together.

The next time I will be more careful about putting fabrics too similar in color/value on top of each other in the rows and will avoid placing very dark fabrics next to the dark border.

Trimming with the tool leaves scraps which can be trimmed to 1-½ inch squares and by adding some sashing and a few pieces from my scrap basket, I was able to make the backing.

This was a fun project and makes an interesting primitive piece.

Christmas Handiwork


Thanks to two talented daughters, I have a lot of Christmas handiwork to enjoy.  Over the past couple of years the oldest daughter has made primitive Santas….



…an embroidered picture and a handpainted apron….




…a kitchen wreath with vintage cookie cutters and decorations.




The youngest daughter made some craft decorations when she was a teenager …..




…and later, an embroidered picture ….


…and just this year, an afghan that looks like rows of Christmas tinsel and snowflakes.


It’s so nice to look around the house and see all these beautiful things that the girls have spent so many hours making.

Christmas Wall Hangings


I have 3 Christmas wall hangings that I’ve made since I started quilting 5 years ago.  Two of the earlier ones were made incorporating colorful primitive panels.

One of the wall hangings has a primitive Santa panel along with Bear Paw blocks from the Quilter’s Cache


This hanging is in the guest bedroom which has a lodge motif year-around.  Two Christmas stocking panels are combined with blocks made from flannel scraps and borders made from wonderful flannel with a village motif which was purchased at one of my favorite shops in southwest Ohio, Fabric Shack in Waynesville.


The third hanging is from a pattern called “A Scottish Christmas”, Mad Dog Marketing, PO Box 5608, Evanston IL 60204-5608.  The pattern was sized for a 37-1/2×54″ piece, much bigger than I wanted, and I sized it down to 17×22 and made a few changes/additions.  Since scotties are among my favorite designs, I love this wall hanging and it also won a blue ribbon at the Warren County (Ohio) fair.


The little crow picture above the scotties was made by my oldest daughter.

Halloween Quilted Wall Hangings

When I started quilting about 5 years ago, this wall hanging was one of my early efforts.  My daughter did the hand quilting on it, since I do no hand quilting myself and wasn’t too good at machine quilting at that time. 


The second wall hanging was made about a year later and I did the machine quilting on this one.  This hanging won a blue ribbon at our county fair.


The third hanging also won a blue ribbon at our county fair and was made 2 years ago.  I used the same cat and moon motif to make a vest for myself, which also won at the fair.


All three pieces were appliqued using the fusing method (I’m also not good at needle turned applique).  They didn’t take long to make and are cheerful additions to my Halloween decor.