Monday, August 2, 2010

Twin Fibers Dutch Pinwheel quilt for Grandma...

Good morning, our feature for today is from Twin Fibers another sister duo, Jennifer and Jessica. Okay when you click the link to your blog your heart may skip several beats in giddiness (is that a word?) Their blog is darling! Seriously you won't want to miss them. They are way more productive than Megan and I. Check out their finished quilt projects on their sidebar!  This feature is a sweet quilt gift they made for their Grandma who can't really sew anymore...

This quilt all started with a charm pack of Snippets fabric and a great quilt block picture that I came across on flickr. The block is called a Dutch Pinwheel, but I also think it could be a Windmill, too. I knew at some point that I wanted to make something special for my Grandma. She's a wonderful quilter and has made some really beautiful wall hangings for me! Our family heritage goes back to the Netherlands and Germany, so this Dutch Pinwheel block design fit right into that.

The fabrics were also another great fit. They are designed by Sandy Klop (American Jane), who's hometown is Holland, MI; the same area that my Grandma and I live in. Some of the Snippets fabric designs have little paper dolls on them (as in the border fabric). I remember going to Grandma's house when I was little and playing with her many of her dolls and paper dolls. She would teach my sister and I how to make doll clothes, so it was fun to incorporate that fabric into the quilt.


My Grandma isn't able to sew or quilt very much much anymore. She broke her hand a few years ago and has had trouble with her fingers ever since. I know this quilt brightens up her home and lets her know that I think of her often and love her very much.


To make this quilt, I used a charm pack of the Snippets fabric. I divided the charm pack into 4 color groupings (blue, light blue, red, and orange) with 8 squares in each group. There will be some squares left over for another project. I paired each patterned fabric with a white square and sewed a 1/4" away from each side of a diagonal line drawn from one corner to another on the wrong side of each white square. I then cut down that center line, opened up each block and pressed the seams. You now have 2 blocks made. Finish doing that with the rest of your squares and arrange them how you would like in the Dutch Pinwheel pattern. I'm not sure how wide I made the border in this quilt, but I'm sure you can just add what you think will look good.


Thank you so much Jessica! You and Jennifer are very talented and have a fabulous blog....just check out this darling layered brick pillow tutorial they give!! And this quilt finish I've been admiring all morning. Make sure to check them out!

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12 comments:

Purple Quilter Queen said...

I'm adding this pattern to my "to do" list right away!! So cute! Looks so detailed and intricate but not at all. Jenn

Karen said...

I love this quilt and will try making it soon as I have lots of 30's fabrics!

Bellgirl said...

What a beautiful design and a perfect gift for your grandma!

Rylee said...

Really pretty. Such a nice gift!

Heather said...

Thanks for the feature! So beautiful!

twin fibers said...

Thanks for taking the time to feature us! :) The post looks great!

P. said...

It's beautiful! How great to make it for your grandma! I like all the connections that make it special.

Lappedamen said...

Your Grandma is lucky to get this gorgeous quilt. Nice work.

Miri said...

Lovely quilt...great pattern in these pretty bright fabrics. I love all the meaning you found in the fabrics and designer...bet your Grandmother just loves it!

susan said...

such a sweet story and quilt
i have a gorgeous pillow from one of the twins and it is super lovely
how big does this finish, is it a wall hanging?
thanks

Larri @ Seams Inspired said...

What a treasure and great reminder of her legacy this must be for your Grandma! Stopping by from Sew&Tell. Thanks for sharing. Happy Sewing! :o)

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ktquilts said...

Just love that block!!