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Little Twister Quilt with Helmina Schenck

In this Zoom class, you will cut and piece this quilt using the Lil' Twister tool, with advice on arranging fabrics by color and value to maximize the pinwheel effect. In the first session, a set of squares is pieced into a grid with a black or dark border pieced around the squares. In the second sessioni, the Lil' Twister tool is used to cut new, smaller squares on an angle which are then sewn together as squares to form pinwheels. Options for quilting will be discussed as well.


The quilt is constructed from a 5x5 grid of fabric squares of various colors. You can either take 25 pieces from a 5"x5" square "charm pack," or cut your own. If you cut our own, make 25, 5-1/4"x5-1/4" squares to make it slightly easier to use the twister tool. You'll use a variety of coordinating colors in light and dark shades. After signing up, we will send you more information about choosing and arranging the colors and lightness/darkness of your fabrics.

For the inner border you will need an additional 1/4 yard of fabric that matches or coordinates with your squares. For the dark borders and the binding you will need 1-1/4 yards of black or a very dark solid color.

Special Tools (available at the shop):
Lil' Twister tool
Color wheel

General Sewing Supplies:

Sewing Machine in good working order with new needle.
Rotary cutter with a sharp/new blade, ruler, and cutting mat.
Medium grey thread for piecing, as well as black thread or a color that matches your dark solid fabric.
For quilting, you can use contrasting threads, variegated colors work well.

Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: Experience cutting with a rotary cutter and rulers, and basic piecing skills.
Instructor: Helmina Schenk

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.