Pinwheel Twist

Hello everyone! I am Darci Schipnewski, owner of Shades of the Past in Clara City, Minnesota. I'm so very excited to be sharing my first Moda Bake Shop pattern with all of you! I typically like to work and design with more dark and muted fabrics but with all of the cold and snow this winter Fresh Flowers has become a new favorite of mine!! Thanks for checking out this pattern--I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

1 Fresh Flowers charm pack

1/3 yard Moda Muslin Mates: Sashing (sku: 9918-14)

3/8 yard Sunkissed (by Sweetwater for Moda) yellow: Inner Border (sku: 5445-22)

1/2 yard Fresh Flowers all-over flower: Outer Border (sku: 19451-14)

1/3 yard Fresh Flowers green: Binding (sku: 19452-12)

Lil' Twister template by CS designs (

1 yard coordinating fabric: Backing

At least a 34" x 34" square of batting

Clover Fork Pins

Mary Ellen's Best Press

Walking foot for quilting

Sulky 12-wt. quilting thread (sku: 713-1001)

All instructions given below assume a 1/4" seam allowance unless otherwise noted!

Step #1: Select thirty-six of your favorite 5" squares from your charm pack

Step #2: Using your selected squares, arrange them into a 6 across, 6 down layout

Step #3: Chain stitch charms together to form rows (I suggest pressing seams open, as doing this will help in cutting the twisters out later)

Step #4: Once all rows are sewn, join them together to form your first quilt top. Press seams open.

(Optional: I love to use Clover Fork Pins in this step because they place a pin on either side of your seam giving you more perfect intersections!!)

Step #5: Cut (4) 3" strips of Sunkissed yellow fabric. Measure through the centers of your quilt top to find accurate length measurements. Sub-cut (2) strips to measure 3" x *27 1/4" and (2) strips to measure 3" x *32" (make sure you use your length number by the measurement with * by it!!) Sew inner border on quilt top, pressing seams open.

Step #6: You are now ready to cut out your twisters. Inside of your Lil' Twister package you will find wonderful directions on how to cut out your twisters. However, we've got it stepped out below should you prefer the visual!!

Begin, by lining up your template in the top left hand corner of your quilt top

(Top left pic) This is the corner you start on...the top left. Notice (see bottom right) how your align the markings on your Lil' Twister template on the seam lines. Once you have your template aligned correctly, carefully cut around all four sides with your rotary cutter.

Once you've cut around all four sides, you should be able to pull out a unit looking like this.

Continue cutting using the same method you did for the first twister square. I suggest cutting twisters in rows (you'll be moving right). Once you've finished the first row, continue on to row 2 and beyond until you have completely cut up your first quilt top.

As you cut, you'll notice you are getting left overs that look like this. Make sure you set these aside as they are going to become your sashing corner stones! (This is why it is important to cut carefully around the template. If you are unable to get a 1" x 1" square from these scraps, don't worry. . . use up those extra blocks in your charm pack!!)

Step #7: Once you've got all of your twister square cut, lay them out in their proper order, making sure you have perfect pinwheel shapes before sewing

Step #8: Cut (2) 3 1/2" strips from your Moda Muslin Mates fabric for sashing. Sub-cut your strips to yield (84) 1" x 3 1/2" strips

Step #9: Using those scrap squares you saved while cutting your twisters, cut (36) 1" x 1" squares to become your sashing corner stones

Step #10: Lay sashing strips in between twister blocks and add corner stones in the sashing intersections until you get your desired layout

Step #11: Strip piece sashing strips to twister blocks. Press seams open. (Sew blocks together to form rows)

Strip piece sashing strips and corner stones. Press seams open.

(Sew blocks together to form rows)

Step #12: Once all rows are sewn, join them together to form your quit top. (Again, I like to use the Clover Fork pins to make sure I am going to get perfect intersections. Also, press seams open.)

Step #13: Once all rows have been sewn together to form your quilt top you can add the outer border. Cut (4) 3 1/2" strips from the Fresh Flowers all-over floral print. Again, find your quilt top lengths by measuring through the centers of your quilt top.

Sub-cut strips into (2) 3 1/2" x *24 1/2" and (2) 3 1/2" x *30 1/4" strips. (again, make sure your quilt top length by the *measurement) Press seams towards the outer border.

You are now ready to layer your quilt top with batting and backing and quilt as desired!!

Cut ( 4) 2 1/2" strips of the Fresh Flowers green for your binding.

In our Garnishes list we mentioned 12-wt. Sulky thread. We LOVE to use this for decorative stitching on many of our quilt shop samples. Above you can see that we chose to feather stitch around the seam that added the outer border. This thread works well to show off those fabulous stitches on many sewing machines. We also chose to stitch in the ditch the sashing strips and used invisible thread for that. Make sure if you decide to use the Sulky 12-wt. thread that you put a regular quilting thread (not Aurfil) in your bobbin.

One 30 1/2" x 30 1/2" Pinwheel Twist wall hanging

Please feel free to e-mail me at if you have any questions. Please mention "Moda Bake Shop" in the subject. Enjoy the pattern!

Darci Schipnewski



Kelli said...


Bente said...

Thank you so much, very nich with the Sashings and Cornerstones!

madrekarin said...

Adorable! I love the Twister templates. They make something so easy look so difficult. :)

Jody of Because I'm Me said...

Wonderful! Can't wait to make this one.

Huisvlyt said...

Love it! That is a great idea and a amazing quilt.
Thanks for the tutorial.

Wendy said...

Beautiful! I love the use of the twister template.

Debbie said...

Very, very cute! This is definitely going 'on the list!'

ColorSlut said...

Wow. Stunning!

Alyson said...

Great quilt! So glad you are on the Bake shop! My family is out in Maynard and your shop is so great! Beautiful job. :)

GoodGollyMissMolly said...

Thanks so much for another cute way to use my Tiny Twister! I LOVE this pattern. Blessings!

Michele said...

Love it!

Jeanne said...


Pam said...

Amazing quilt! I'm so glad you chose to share it with all of us!

Beverly said...

I love that quilt. Thanks so much for sharing. Will there be a kit for this one?

Anonymous said...

Ilikeit very much but why not aurfil?

Anne said...

Absolutely amazing! Mesmerizing results. Thank you!

petiteblogger said...

That is really cool! I thought your instructions were really clear- thank you!

vanos said...

Hi Darci - How cool is that, that your in Moda Bake Shop! Looking forward to making the pattern. Maybe I do this when I'm visiting in Maynard this Summer! Kristi - Tucson AZ

iltulipanoblu said...

That's amazing! Thank you so much!

Craft Town Fabrics said...

Who could resist this great project with such an outstanding collection of fabric? Our customers will love it.

JoAnne said...

AMAZING !!! Finally a really really creative quilt. You are very talented and hope to see more of your designs!
P.s. neat pins. gotta try them.

country said...

So very pretty. I am going to try this one. adorable

We Six Nasons said...

Wow, I love this pattern. I will be making this!

Connie said...

What a neat quilt! Love the Lil' Twister tool and this is a different way of using it. Thanks for sharing.

TotallyAmy said...

Loved it so much that I bought the twister template!

Rilene said...

This is so pretty and cheery !

Maria said...

Adorable! Love the creative use of the scraps one get with the twister =)

Miss Nancy said...

Super bright and cheery! Well done!

Rachel said...

Very cute quilt! Just had a question though. (Pardon my ignorance - I'm fairly new to quilting.) Can you explain why you said:

"Make sure if you decide to use the Sulky 12-wt. thread that you put a regular quilting thread (not Aurfil) in your bobbin."

I am not experienced with various quilting threads, though I have been using Aurfil. I'd be interested to know exactly what thread you DO suggest for this purpose. Thank you!

Darci said...

We have had a couple people ask why we use Sulky vs Aurifil thread and it just my personal preference. I like the look of the Sulky better than the Aurifil as it does not have the "Twisted" pearl cotton appearance.
In regards to the question about bobbin thread, we have found from experience it does not work for us to use the Aurifil 50/2 wt thread in our bobbin with a 12/2 wt thread on the top - our stitches are very distorted in appearance. If your machine will stitch out okay with this then it is fine to use the 50/2 wt in the bobbin. We use Signature which is a 40 wt thread.

We apologize for any confusion this may have caused!! We wanted to assist you in avoiding some of the frustrations we have had with decorative stitching and heavy weight thread issues!! We like Aurifil thread for piecing but just haven't had good luck using it for decorative stitching--however if it works great for you, go ahead and use it!!