Welcome to the final day, and my day, of the Hello Fall Blog Hop hosted by Carla who blogs at Creatin’ in the Sticks!! Carla is very talented and creative, so check out her blog! Since I’m a fall/spring kinda gal, I was so happy to be able to participate in this blog hop! Here in Alabama, we often skip fall and go directly from summer to winter, pretty much overnight! Right now, I’m thankful we are having some cooler days, 70s and 80s, as opposed to 90+ degrees. Of course, those are due to last week’s Hurricane Sally that hit our Gulf coast, and Tropical Storm Beta which could bring us an isolated tornado this afternoon and tonight. By the time she reaches us, it will be a depression, but we can expect rain and winds from it. On a nicer note, fall always reminds me of my sweet mama who always said that yellow butterflies mean fall is near. I’ve been seeing those butterflies over the past few weeks, and I always think of her when I do!
I recently learned of the twister tools from my friend Daryl of Patchouli Moon Studio, and just HAD to have one of these. Well, I now own all sizes of the twister tools. I purchased them, and a few patterns(!) from Twister Sister Designs. I am in no way affiliated with Twister Sister Designs, but they have generously offered a coupon to my readers for 10% off your purchase. Just follow the link and use the code Fall2020 when you check out!! They have some awesome patterns designed with these tools. Just click their name above to check them out. Warning: It’s Addictive!!
Originally I thought about doing this Twister Harvest Pattern, designed by Becky Cogan and I did purchase this pattern, but I wanted something a little smaller.
So, off to Google! What did we do before the internet??!!! I found this YouTube video by one of my favorite quilters, Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company and decided to use her method. So I mocked it up in EQ8, and then I had to make a trip to my LQS (oh darn!!) and find some lovely fall fabrics! It is no secret I am a big fan of Moda Grunge, so I chose three fabrics that went with a border fabric I chose from my limited supply of fall fabrics! I used basics, stars, and dots and limited my colors to three plus the border. In hindsight I would have chosen more contrast in my oranges. But it’s OK. I kind of like the subtle difference. The orange on the left is the stars and the right is basics. And of course, I had to dig out my handy 2-1/2 inch square die from AccuQuilt, which just happened to be a part of my 8 inch Qube set. I love AccuQuilt!! This cutter has saved me SEW much time!!
Forty-nine squares, four borders, and some chain piecing later, this is what I had.
Then the real fun began!! I took that Itty Bitty Twister tool and began cutting out all the squares. Sixty-four 1-1/2 inch blocks cut apart and sewn back together makes one 8-1/2 inch center block!! I was please that you could see the difference in the oranges a little better in the finished block.
But wait…there’s MORE!! Being the digitizer I am, I just had to add a little more. So I perused the giant stash of art work I’ve purchased through the years, found something I liked, opened up my Bernina software, and started having more fun! I little bit later, I embroidered a couple of blocks to add to the top and bottom, then added borders all around and voila, my finished project!! Well, it’s not quite finished , as I am working on quilting it, but unfortunately didn’t get that completed.
- I am not the biggest fan of orange alone, but I really love fall colors pulled together.
- While I’m usually a symmetrical person, I kinda like asymmetry occasionally.
- Those tiny little blocks are tricky to cut on an angle!
- Next time, I will definitely use the larger tools!
I believe quilters would take umbrage to the quote above. I know I do!! As you can see, I definitely got different results after stitching and cutting again!! My hubby still can’t figure out why you would take perfectly good fabric, cut it up and sew it back together, but he does appreciate the final product of that! LOL
Overall this little quilt measures about 14 x 20 inches and will be a wall hanging for my kitchen! I hope you like my project and will visit my fellow bloggers today and see what they’ve created for fall y’all!! Here’s the schedule for today, Thursday, September 24th!
Thanks so much for stopping by. Until next time…