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May 14, 2011

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Twister-Inspired Quilt

May 14, 2011
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Hello to everyone who is visiting from the Blogger's Quilt Festival!  It was easy for me to decide which quilt to display here....this one is SO much fun!  I still have the second one in the cue...

Amy's Creative Side | Bloggers' Quilt Festival

I love this quilt. I made this one for my neice and nephews, but let me tell you, as soon as it started coming together, there was a certain little man who insisted we have one too. 

With all the circles cropping up in quilts lately, I somehow decided that I must make a Twister quilt.  The game is a classic....and quilts tend to be heirlooms....so why not combine the two?  It would look awesome on either a girl's or boy's bed - so bright and colorful.  Plus, you can actually use it to play a hilarious game!


It started out with me and a 9" dinner plate.  Trace, cut.  Round and round we go.  I cut enough for 2 Twister quilts.


The next part is the crazy part.  This is actually a whole cloth quilt.  Yikes.  I pieced two large white sections together, then fused the circles in place.  Measure and remeasure for even spacing of the circles.  Oi vey.  I wouldn't do that part again.  I thought the whole cloth look would make the quilt as a whole look so much cleaner, but the sheer fact that it is super time-consuming will have me applique-ing the circles on blocks next time.


Nonetheless, I pressed on with the gameboard!  Applique circles were secured by machine with a tight zigzag.  The center motifs are hand embroidery.




I cannot believe I will embark on a second one of these, but my boys definitely need one.  My 4 year old was just too excited to play it every day until we had to wrap it up.  Poor guy, I was so worried he'd get it dirty before we gifted it, that every time he came near it, I asked to see if his socks were clean.

Then when his cousins opened it, he proceeded to give them a lecture on how you must wear clean socks on the quilt!


Quilt Stats:

Name: Twist and Shout
Size: Twin size
Design: Whole cloth applique, based on the classic game, Twister
Piecing: Me
Quilting: Kathy Balmert (Quilty Pleasures Long Arm Quilter) and her Gammill Statler. Circles all the way!
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51 comments:

  1. What a fantastic idea for a quilt! I'm not surprised your little guy wanted to keep it!

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  2. It's a great idea...very, very fun!

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  3. This sure is an adorable quilt, and what a fantastic idea!! Great choice for BQF :)

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  4. Love it! Great idea and job implementing it! I can see it being pulled off the bed whenever there are extra kids around!

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  5. Such a great quilt, and I LOVE that you made the game board as well. How much fun is that?!

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  6. Love this - how fun! My family would have so much fun with this!

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  7. Oh my gosh, I LOVE it! It's brilliant! And the quilting is great too! :) Hope you're well!

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  8. This is a great quilt. Useful in more ways than one and so darn cute!

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  9. Anne Marie, that is super cute. Love that you are making another one and I loved the sock comment. Funny! I have circles on the brain too and some in the works as well. :)

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  10. That is seriously adorable- how fun!

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  11. Love the concept. Love the story! This is a great idea for several "game" quilts. Congratulations!

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  12. Gorgeous! What an ingenious idea; well done, Annemarie! I really loved the fabrics you used! Enjoy the festival!

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  13. Totally fabulous! I love that your kiddo admonished the others about clean socks - I guess he was listening to you!

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  14. This is such a fun idea for a quilt!

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  15. How fun is this. Great idea and looks like it will provide loads of fun for years to come!

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  16. What a novel idea; well done you.

    I assume they are playing on carpet; otherwise, how did you stop it from slipping on a hard floor?

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  17. Wow, I'm impressed. What a great quilt.

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  18. what a great quilt and a funny sweet story to go with it. and you are making another one, wow, you must really love that little one :-)))
    wonderful work, well done!
    Kristina
    www.priscillacraft.blogspot.com

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  19. It's such a fun idea and theme for your quilt! I also think the story with you son is adorable! Best of luck on the second one!

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  20. oh - I'm making a very similar quilt - i'm doing hexagons instead of circles, though. This is taking a LONG time to piece - I'm calling it my "summer" quilt. But it might not get done until summer 2012 at this rate! ha

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  21. A twister quilt? Oh my God...you're a genius!

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  22. What a great idea for a quilt! You did a beautiful job :)

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  23. I LOVE this quilt!! It is so fun!! I totally want to make one too! :)

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  24. How stinkin' cute is that? I love it!

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  25. Very fun! I loved playing twister and lots of memories came flooding back when I saw this quilt. So impressed to find out you pieced all those cirles. Yikes!!

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  26. O, I just love this little quilt--and the backside sticking up in the air is too funny!

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  27. This is an amazing quilt and I love the fact that the popular game is a popular bedspread.

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  28. Brilliant idea for a quilt - love the circles!

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  29. This is beyond fun and fabulous!!! The circles all line up so perfectly. I think I would have gone crazy. What a fun, fun idea that will be treasured for a long time.

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  30. this is soooooo cute. my favorite game as a kid.

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  31. I love this quilt more every time I see it! So much fun.

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  32. This is a fantastic idea for a child's quilt. I love what you have done. I like the way it can be played with and also used as a bed quilt. Great!

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  33. SWEET!
    gotta do snakes n ladders....
    : )
    ~Monika

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  34. What a great idea! When you're done playing with it, you can curl up under it.

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  35. That's a terrific keepsake quilt !

    How fun.........and you did a wonderful job. I can just imagine how difficult the placement of those circles would be on a whole-cloth !

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  36. I love that you did this and am completely copying you for my niece and nephew if that's okay? It's so fun!

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  37. How cool is this! You must be the favorite Aunt.

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  38. very fun concept and how happy the young recipients must be. And I can just imagine discovering how hard it would be to place them evenly on a whole cloth!

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  39. What a fun quilt! I love it.

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  40. Love the quilt! I am considering making a similar one, how far apart did you space the circles?

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