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Thread: Have you made a Twisted Pinwheel Quilt...need help

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    Super Member Deborahlees's Avatar
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    Have you made a Twisted Pinwheel Quilt...need help

    Have you made a Twisted Pinwheel Quilt useing a template ? if so I need some help.....got a quarter finished quilt top from a friend, said I would finish it for a charity donation.....she had all the 5" squares sewn together and had started to cut them out had perhaps 2 rows done.....so I went in there and finished cutting all the pinwheel out and then said now what....O.M.G. I have such a mess....it is like putting together a huge giant puzzle....trying to match colors left, right, top bottom and then the sides....
    i currently have them all pinned on my design wall....having a terrible time on the last couple rows because nothing is matching.....
    May I assume that I should have kept track of the squares when I cut them out (now a dumb after thought)......is there an easy way and then a hard way to do this pattern....
    I am liking the end result....however it has been really....really...taxing my few remaining brain cells.
    Help please
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    Mini Twisted Pinwheel

    Is this the type of pinwheel you're talking about? I've made one full sized throw quilt and several table toppers and along came the mini - of course I had to buy the template and try making one; this is all the further I've gotten with it so far. I pinned it to a hanging rack the backing is there; I just need to decide how I want to quilt it.

    I initially took a class to learn how to make these and the one thing the instructor emphasized is that you lay them out (keep them together) as your cutting them out otherwise you will have a huge puzzle to try an put back together.

    I wish there was a simpler solution to your dilemma but there really isn't.

    Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dabbler312 View Post
    Is this the type of pinwheel you're talking about? I've made one full sized throw quilt and several table toppers and along came the mini - of course I had to buy the template and try making one; this is all the further I've gotten with it so far. I pinned it to a hanging rack the backing is there; I just need to decide how I want to quilt it.

    I initially took a class to learn how to make these and the one thing the instructor emphasized is that you lay them out (keep them together) as your cutting them out otherwise you will have a huge puzzle to try an put back together.

    I wish there was a simpler solution to your dilemma but there really isn't.

    Good luck.
    As I suspected....I was my own worst enemy....I jumped in with both feet and went up to my eyeballs !!!!!!
    I am down to the last row and think the easiest way out of my situation will be to create some of the last couple pieces by taking apart some of my left over squares....No matter what quilting is a learning process.....
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    I think you made yourself a jigsaw puzzle Yes, you should have kept them all in order as you cut then - then it's a simple twist to set them again. Given what you have now - if you have the scraps (or a photo) of the original layout, that would help a LOT. Otherwise - I love puzzles. Send a pic and I'll see if I can help you find a working layout.

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    Do you by chance have the leftover fabric from where you cut the squares ? Maybe that can help you get the block placement back in order ?

    Does that make sense ?
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    thank you for your concern and help.....as I said I am down to the last row.....will just take apart and remake some square....hopefully without too much stress....
    This whole problem is my fault as I ASSUMED they would go back together with EASE......DUMB....DUMB....DUMB !!!!
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    I've never made a twisted pinwheel, but I have done thing to make quilting harder for myself. Please don't call yourself dumb - we imprint such things on our brains when we do that. Call yourself an adventurer who made a wrong turn and knows how to fix it. Go ahead and use the help you received here so you can post a finished picture of your quilt. I think the twisters are so cute and you can do so much with the leftovers.

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    When I made mine, I only cut one row and sewed that, then cut my next row. I know I would have gotten really mixed up if I tried to do any more than that. It may have taken a bit longer, but didn't want to have any problems putting it together. Yes, please share a picture!

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    I've never made a twisted pinwheel, but I have done thing to make quilting harder for myself. Please don't call yourself dumb - we imprint such things on our brains when we do that. Call yourself an adventurer who made a wrong turn and knows how to fix it. Go ahead and use the help you received here so you can post a finished picture of your quilt. I think the twisters are so cute and you can do so much with the leftovers.
    ... And how sweet are you....Thank you for your words of encourgement....I really needed that as I was feeling so very D__b..... I guess I just figured it would be so simple and believe me it is not when you are looking at like 200 squares.......am down to the last row......and will just take some squares apart and re-sew them into the correct combinations......NEVER AGAIN.....Will I Assume.....or should I say for at least the next 24 hours.....
    Yes that is a real picture of my hometown Temecula, California. We feature premiere Wineries, World Class Golf Courses, Pechanga Indian Casino and Hot Air Balloons

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    what was interesting about this pertecular top as my friend did every other square in WHITE, so the pinwheels stand alone rather than intertwining together....which of course make it that much harder to put together.......
    Am drinking a lot !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
    Yes that is a real picture of my hometown Temecula, California. We feature premiere Wineries, World Class Golf Courses, Pechanga Indian Casino and Hot Air Balloons

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