Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Twisty Pinwheel Valentine's Quilt

I am excited about my Little Twisty Pinwheel Quilt.  

One of my goals this year is to use/try the quilty tools and books I have collected. 
(Hmm...more like hoarded over the years.
A few months ago I bought the Lil' Twister tool (tool #1) at a Shop Hop. 
I used Connie's easy to follow tutorial for the Lil Twist Heart. 

I used stash fabric for this little project. 
(Another goal to shop my stash.)  
Here is my heart before I cut into it.  

I have to say it took some courage to cut this up into little squares.  
What if I messed up and cut too much?  
My small rotary cutter (tool #2) was a very useful tool on this project.  
I highly recommend using one! 
Connie's tip is to cut and sew one row at a time
Great advise!  
It would be easy to get these little pinwheels going the wrong direction.  

After sewing my Little Twisty Pinwheel Heart together it measured 14 inches.  
 I added a border strip to make it 16 1/2 inches so that I could try out Lori Holt's 4-Patch scrappy Boarder from her book Quilty Fun.
(tool #3...Books are tools too right?)
 The instructions were easy to follow and results are so cute!
 I can't wait to try more of the projects in the book.

I stippled the quilt on my home machine.  
My favorite tools are my quilting gloves (tool #4).  
They help grip the quilt and keep the stitches even.  

I like to add a little hand quilting to my projects.  
Big stitches in red were next.

Stitched on the binding and tested out my new aqua binding clips (tool #5).  How did I ever bind anything before these great clips came out?  
In the past my hand would have all sorts of little pricks from the pins holding the binding in place.  
Binding clips are so worth it!!!
Here it is my Twisty Pinwheel Valentine's Quilt!  
5 tools used,
2 new quilting techniques tried 
and shopped my stash.  

Who knew keeping goals can be so fun!


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