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Turkey Tracks: Quilts For Twins

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Turkey Tracks:  May 12, 2014

Quilts For Twins

First, these two quilts are meant to be loved, dragged around, put on the floor for tummy time, and washed.

AND, both of these quilts are made from what is now a “deep” stash of fabrics–so each has many pieces of fabric that have gone into other family quilts–which forms a lovely linkage I think.  So, those of you who have been recipients of one of my quilts, look to see if some of your fabric has been used in these two baby quilts.



I made “Mister’s Twister” for the boy twin using a “Lil’ Twister” ruler brought home from the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Show in Norfolk, Virginia, I attended last March.

What a fun project!

One starts this project with a grid of 5-inch squares surrounded by a 3-inch border.  One positions the ruler (which is a square with intersecting lines) over the place where the square blocks all four join (or over where a block joins with the border) and then cuts out the template square.  Inside the new square are parts of four adjacent “twisters.”  One sews this first line of blocks together and then proceeds to the next line of intersections and cuts those outs.  As you sew the rows together, the twisters start to emerge.  (I posted an earlier blog on the Lil Twister ruler with links to some cool internet sites.)



Leftover pieces of the grid–which now has big holes in it) can be squared up to use as a border–which you can see I did:


I really like the way the black binding is working with this quilt.

Here’s a picture of the backing:


And a picture of the wild and colorful twisters:


I quilted with a blue thread–free hand large, big curves.

The Lil Twister ruler comes in tiny, tiny and in sizes that use 5-inch blocks and 10-inch blocks.  You can easily order any of these rulers on-line.



The girl twin’s quilt is “Sister’s Critters,” and for it, I chose the brightest of my 2 by 3 1/2-inch squares.



I mixed in squares that had critters other than the focus fabric with its bunnies–along with more bunnies:



I quilted free-hand with a pale green thread (which works on both the back and front), using a big daisy pattern.


Here is a close-up of the bunny focus fabric:


I had enough of this fabric suite left to do the backing:


And I used fabric from Mister’s quilt for the corner blocks:



I had quite a time choosing the binding, but in the end, chose the blue, and I think that works really well, especially with the blue sky that runs around the edge of the quilt.

Here’s a close-up view of some of the big blocks:


So, these quilts go in the mail today, and I will post this blog post when I know the quilts have landed at their new home.

PS:  Heard from the new mamma-to-be any minute now.  The quilts have arrived.

Written by louisaenright

May 16, 2014 at 3:31 pm

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  1. I really enjoy seeing your quilts! You have great color choices! Thanks!


    May 16, 2014 at 5:22 pm

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