Thursday, September 25, 2014

Halloween Twister Quilt

This week I pulled out an old UFO and started working on my Halloween Twister Quilt. This one became a UFO because I had some purple ghostie fabric to use as sashing but I thought it looked too busy. This time, I tried just plain black fabric.

Then began the somewhat tedious work of cutting out the twists.

Being incredibly impatient, I stitched the rows together as they were cut. Here is the first two rows with the original block to give you some idea of the size difference. The original block was 28" and the finished twister block is 19".

Tonight, I finished piecing the twister block together. I have materials prepared for five more of these.

That will give me an approximate 40" x 60" quilt, so I'll have to add some borders to make it decent throw sized. Luckily, with careful cutting, I was able to salvage a lot of the trimmings, resulting in a pile of about twenty 2.5" squares. I'm confidant that I will be able to use those to make the border.

Lesson learned the hard way: be very careful while cutting out the twists. I sliced too far on one and cut into the next block. I've zigzagged the cut closed but I will have to cover it up with some applique when the top is completed.

In other news, here are the penguins at last update

September 13

And here they are now:

September 25
I will confess to pushing this one aside in favor of the butterfly kit I picked up last week. The colors are so much prettier on that project.

Plans for the future? I have some Christmas Ornament kits and I plan on spending October doing a SAL with Pull the Other Thread for the Mega Mini Month Madness. I think I will take them to work and spend my lunch breaks on them instead of Maggie the Messmaker (whom I am quite annoyed with and haven't worked on for three weeks after frogging a large section.) Cats are so temperamental.

Happy Stitching!


  1. What nice projects you have going on!! :D

  2. So many projects going on!! I really like the twister quilt, perfect for Halloween!
    I had myself a wall hanging that I started for Halloween last year... It's still a UFO... maybe it will be done for Halloween next year? maybe 2016? we'll see :)
    Thanks for linking up at MOP Monday!!

  3. Loving your twister quilt. I have the twister tool, and have used it twice? I've heard there are smaller twisters, and that you can actually use it to cut out more twisters from the leftovers on your original? Sounds interesting though. I am loving your stitcheries too, the penguins are going to be gorgeous. dahlgren0609 at gmail dot com

  4. I like your twister quilt. One of these days I need to get around to doing something other than collecting Halloween fabrics. :) That's an interesting frame for your cross-stitch. Can I ask how if compares to an embroidery hoop?

  5. That Halloween quilt is really sweet! It amazes me how the colors pull differently between the original and the twister. It seems like the purple just pops. Very nice :)