Twisted Sisters

Twisted Sisters
Light and dark fabrics are stitched or "sistered" together, sliced, and recombined to make twisting pinwheel-type blocks that fit together with or without sashing strips. Other options include floating the pinwheels, folding 3-dimensional block centers, and experimenting with leftover chunks, bits, and pieces to create more quilts. You’ll have a lot of choices.

You're going to learn:
  • How to sew an accurate quarter-inch seam (really).
  • How to make a partial seam (not scary at all).
  • How to easily join patches that don't set at right angles by finding the "dog ear" (way cool).

    My philosophy for this class is: Do it right the first time so you don't have to waste your time and compromise accuracy by "squaring up" the block when you're "done."
    (Wow. That was profound.)

    Skill Level: Beginning, Intermediate

    Supply List: Twisted Sisters Rotary Template & Pattern (second edition, 2016) is required and can be purchased in class for a discounted price of $12. Bring: sewing machine, neutral thread, rotary cutters, mat and ruler. Fabric can be totally scrappy, coordinated, or in between. Bring equal amounts of paired lights and darks or paired color #1 and color #2. Fat quarters or “regular” yardage both work. (Each pair of fat quarters yields three blocks; each pairing of "regular" yardage yields six blocks and some extra pieces.) Fabric for 3¼" x 3¼" block centers (color #3 or a repeat of #1 or #2) are also required. Bring sashing fabric if desired or as safety net if your cutting/sewing techniques aren’t the best. The greater variety of fabrics, the more fun. Don’t haul more than 10 pounds. Overachievers may cut strips from each pair into 3½" x 22" (twist) and 5¼" x 22" (background) strips if working with Fat Quarters, or 3½" x 44" (twist) and 5¼" x 44" (background) strips if working with full-width yardage. (This means, of course, that you will be committing to a block strategy without hearing what I have to say on fabric combinations. Who knows? I may say something important in class! Just a thought.) Finished block size is 9½" x 9½".

    Duration: 6 hours

    Size Limit: 25 students

    Classroom Set-up: Outlets and elbow room appropriate for the number of students and as many irons as the circuit breaker will allow. At least two elevated rotary cutting stations. Two students per 8 foot table is sufficient IF students have access to additional space to rotary cut.

    Click HERE to see Twisted Sisters quilts made by students who have taken this workshop or used my pattern.

    Download a Twisted Sisters Coloring Page to help you audition colors and values before committing to fabric.

    Read a Twisted Sisters Tutorial to see how the block is made.

"I'd like to say how much I enjoyed your Twisted Sisters class at MAQF last week. I learned a great deal about precision piecing so that you don't have to trim your block up — what a revelation! And loved your tips about pressing/ironing to minimize fabric distortion in blocks. You are a superior, patient and highly professional teacher and it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be in one of your classes."
Bonnie Roblin
Courtland, VA

"I really enjoyed your class. You are a fun and encouraging teacher. The pattern is interesting and fun to sew. Thank you for everything. I can’t wait to finish my quilt and send you a picture."
Carla Selberg, student at Maine Quilts (Augusta, ME)