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Here's my version of the Li'l Twister tool pinwheel project for my girl.  She graduates from college this weekend and is in the process of moving into an apartment.  This is a little housewarming gift for her. 

It ended up approximately 15" x 21".  I put Insul-bright along with cotton batt in this one so she could set a casserole dish on it if she wanted.  The black tonal pinwheel fabric might have been a poor choice, but I hoped the solid black would be enough different so it wouldn't get lost.  It was a quick & easy, fun little project.  What little waste there was I cut into 2 1/2" squares to be used in something else down the road. 

I think I'd like to try this in my western fabrics.  Maybe make it one row narrower and several rows longer so it is actually a table runner rather than just an oversized placemat, which is what this kind of reminds me of now. 

Things have been pretty slow in my quilting world lately, so whipping up a little project in an afternoon felt good. 

If these were actual windmill blades on the windy prairies today, I can guarantee you they'd be spinning so fast they'd just be a blur.  There'd be no trouble pumping water for the livestock today.      


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Comment by Evelyn Morris on September 26, 2012 at 8:38am

I have both twisters and Pat Yamin's pinwheel template but my problem with the twister is how to lay the colors out so when cut I can get all the pinwheels to match.  Not look like paint balls shot at it.  I am making a pinwheel Christmas stocking from Bean Counter and I love it but after the 48 blocks sewed together and then cut I could only get 5 full pinwheels out of it. It looked more like a jigsaw puzzle.  I will buy a book or whatever if I can figure how to lay out the squares.  Must be some kind of guide

Comment by Carol Vickers/OH on May 2, 2011 at 4:45pm
I have both the big and little twister but haven't used them yet.  You are an inspiration.
Comment by Ada Funnell on May 2, 2011 at 7:57am

Oh I think this is really cute and can see your daughter loving the colours.  It will give her a little

colour in a new place that she needs to get settled in.  I wish her all the best in her new job and her new home.

Comment by Terry F on May 1, 2011 at 4:18pm
What a relief to see that your Li'l Twister is a quilted one!  With so many tornadoes going on, I was nervous there for a minute.  The black tonal stands out quite well.  Nice job Prairie!
Comment by Char on May 1, 2011 at 8:42am
Congrats to your daughter! Great job. I think I might try that tool.
Comment by Shannon, ON on May 1, 2011 at 7:01am
I would hang it on my wall!! Instant art for her new place!
Comment by J.S. on May 1, 2011 at 6:05am
What a good idea.  I love it!
Comment by Norma, Ont /Can on May 1, 2011 at 5:25am
She will love it, I would love it lol.and it is pretty
Comment by Billie Blakeney on May 1, 2011 at 5:15am
Your daughter will love it. Congratulations on her achievement and to a successful future. :-)
Comment by handstitcher/IL on May 1, 2011 at 5:11am
What a great idea for a housewarming gift! How exciting that your DD is graduating college. Congratulations to her and to you!

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