Pinwheel Twist

Hello everyone! I am Darci Schipnewski, owner of Shades of the Past in Clara City, Minnesota. I’m so very excited to be sharing my first Moda Bake Shop pattern with all of you! I typically like to work and design with more dark and muted fabrics but with all of the cold and snow this winter Fresh Flowers has become a new favorite of mine!! Thanks for checking out this pattern–I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

1 Fresh Flowers charm pack

1/3 yard Moda Muslin Mates: Sashing (sku: 9918-14)

3/8 yard Sunkissed (by Sweetwater for Moda) yellow: Inner Border (sku: 5445-22)

1/2 yard Fresh Flowers all-over flower: Outer Border (sku: 19451-14)

1/3 yard Fresh Flowers green: Binding (sku: 19452-12)

Lil’ Twister template by CS designs (

1 yard coordinating fabric: Backing

At least a 34″ x 34″ square of batting

Clover Fork Pins

Mary Ellen’s Best Press

Walking foot for quilting

Sulky 12-wt. quilting thread (sku: 713-1001)

All instructions given below assume a 1/4″ seam allowance unless otherwise noted!

Step #1: Select thirty-six of your favorite 5″ squares from your charm pack

Step #2: Using your selected squares, arrange them into a 6 across, 6 down layout

Step #3: Chain stitch charms together to form rows (I suggest pressing seams open, as doing this will help in cutting the twisters out later)

Step #4: Once all rows are sewn, join them together to form your first quilt top. Press seams open.

(Optional: I love to use Clover Fork Pins in this step because they place a pin on either side of your seam giving you more perfect intersections!!)

Step #5: Cut (4) 3″ strips of Sunkissed yellow fabric. Measure through the centers of your quilt top to find accurate length measurements. Sub-cut (2) strips to measure 3″ x *27 1/4″ and (2) strips to measure 3″ x *32″ (make sure you use your length number by the measurement with * by it!!) Sew inner border on quilt top, pressing seams open.

Step #6: You are now ready to cut out your twisters. Inside of your Lil’ Twister package you will find wonderful directions on how to cut out your twisters. However, we’ve got it stepped out below should you prefer the visual!!

Begin, by lining up your template in the top left hand corner of your quilt top

(Top left pic) This is the corner you start on…the top left. Notice (see bottom right) how your align the markings on your Lil’ Twister template on the seam lines. Once you have your template aligned correctly, carefully cut around all four sides with your rotary cutter.

Once you’ve cut around all four sides, you should be able to pull out a unit looking like this.

Continue cutting using the same method you did for the first twister square. I suggest cutting twisters in rows (you’ll be moving right). Once you’ve finished the first row, continue on to row 2 and beyond until you have completely cut up your first quilt top.

As you cut, you’ll notice you are getting left overs that look like this. Make sure you set these aside as they are going to become your sashing corner stones! (This is why it is important to cut carefully around the template. If you are unable to get a 1″ x 1″ square from these scraps, don’t worry. . . use up those extra blocks in your charm pack!!)

Step #7: Once you’ve got all of your twister square cut, lay them out in their proper order, making sure you have perfect pinwheel shapes before sewing

Step #8: Cut (2) 3 1/2″ strips from your Moda Muslin Mates fabric for sashing. Sub-cut your strips to yield (84) 1″ x 3 1/2″ strips

Step #9: Using those scrap squares you saved while cutting your twisters, cut (36) 1″ x 1″ squares to become your sashing corner stones

Step #10: Lay sashing strips in between twister blocks and add corner stones in the sashing intersections until you get your desired layout

Step #11: Strip piece sashing strips to twister blocks. Press seams open. (Sew blocks together to form rows)

Strip piece sashing strips and corner stones. Press seams open.

(Sew blocks together to form rows)

Step #12: Once all rows are sewn, join them together to form your quit top. (Again, I like to use the Clover Fork pins to make sure I am going to get perfect intersections. Also, press seams open.)

Step #13: Once all rows have been sewn together to form your quilt top you can add the outer border. Cut (4) 3 1/2″ strips from the Fresh Flowers all-over floral print. Again, find your quilt top lengths by measuring through the centers of your quilt top.

Sub-cut strips into (2) 3 1/2″ x *24 1/2″ and (2) 3 1/2″ x *30 1/4″ strips. (again, make sure your quilt top length by the *measurement) Press seams towards the outer border.

You are now ready to layer your quilt top with batting and backing and quilt as desired!!

Cut ( 4) 2 1/2″ strips of the Fresh Flowers green for your binding.

In our Garnishes list we mentioned 12-wt. Sulky thread. We LOVE to use this for decorative stitching on many of our quilt shop samples. Above you can see that we chose to feather stitch around the seam that added the outer border. This thread works well to show off those fabulous stitches on many sewing machines. We also chose to stitch in the ditch the sashing strips and used invisible thread for that. Make sure if you decide to use the Sulky 12-wt. thread that you put a regular quilting thread (not Aurfil) in your bobbin.

One 30 1/2″ x 30 1/2″ Pinwheel Twist wall hanging

Please feel free to e-mail me at if you have any questions. Please mention “Moda Bake Shop” in the subject. Enjoy the pattern!

Darci Schipnewski


Charming Wine Gift Bags

Hi! My name is Jen, owner/designer of ReannaLily Designs, and this is my first recipe here at the Moda Bake Shop.  I had a blast in the kitchen whippin’ up a batch of Wine Gift Bags.  The bags fit a standard 750mL wine bottle, but might be great for a bubble bath gift basket, as well.

This project uses just a few supplies and makes up 4 Gift Bags.  They are each unique, scrappy, and original. These would make wonderful garden party centerpieces. 

1 Charm Pack (Fresh Flowers By Deb Strain)
7/8 yard coordinating solid (30’s Yellow)
Rotary cutting supplies
Hand sewing needle and thread

20″ length of assorted ribbons

Step 1: Sort and Prepare the Fabrics

Open and sort the charm pack into 4 stacks of 9 charm squares each.  Fresh Flowers has 4 colorways, so this project is sorted by color. You will have 6 charm squares left over.

NOTE:  This tutorial will yield 4 gift bags.  For photo reasons, we are working on only one.

 Cut the 9 squares in half.  You will then have 18″ rectangles measuring 2 1/2″ x 5 for each bag.

Cut the Bella Solid lining into 4 rectangles measuring each, 12 1/2″ x 14″.

Step 2: Build the Wine Gift Bag Exterior

Arrange the rectangles into 3 rows with 6 rectangles each.  The project should look scrappy and random.  You’ll want to make sure that no two like fabrics are touching. Pay attention because when the bag is complete, the fabrics on the right hand side will be joined to the left hand side.

Use a 1/4″ seam allowance to join pairs of rectangles to form rows.

Keep them in order.

Step 3: Press and Join the Rows

Press in the direction of the arrows below.  This will allow your seams to “lock” when you join the rows together.

Join the rows to complete the exterior of the wine gift bag.  The finished exterior should measure 12 1/2″ x 14″.

Step 4: Apply the Lining

Lay the right side of the lining onto the right side of the wine bag exterior.  Match the 12 1/2″ sides along the top edge.  Join the two pieces using a 1/4″ seam allowance along this edge.

Open the seam and press the seam allowances towards the solid.  Edge-stitch along the solid lining fabric.

Fold the long rectangle in half lengthwise, matching the exterior side seams.

On the solid lining end of the long tube, measure in from each side 2″.  Mark this location with a water soluble pen.  The distance in between the marks will remain unstitched.
Sew around the bag, skipping the opening, using a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Sew completely across the short exterior fabric end.

Step 5: Create the Bag Shaping Darts in the Lining

Match the bag bottom seam with the side seam to form a triangle.  Pin the triangle in place.  Measure from the tip of the triangle along the stitched line 1 1/4″.  Make a mark.

Draw a line perpendicular to the seam line, along the mark.  Stitch on the line.  Repeat this for the remaining corner of the bag lining.

This will create the bag shaping darts.  Remove the excess triangle fabric 1/4″ past the stitching line.

Step 6: Turn the Bag Right Side Out

Turn the bag right side out through the narrow opening in the bag lining.

Push the corners of the exterior fabric to a nice crisp point.

Tuck the seam allowances of the lining opening into the opening and pin. You may either stitch this by hand to give a more invisible look, or edge stitch the opening closed as shown.  (below)

Step 7: Finishing the Bag Exterior

Similar to the lining bag shaping dart, lay the side seam on the lower edge seam to form a triangle at each exterior corner.  Pin this triangle shape.

 Also, like the lining bag shaping darts, mark 1 1/4″ along the seam line, measured from the point.  Draw a line perpendicular to the seam at this point.  Stitch across the line.  Repeat for the other corner.  DO NOT CUT OFF THE EXCESS TRIANGLE.  Instead….

Consider the three decorative options pictured (below)
1. {red} Leave the triangle as it is.
2. {orange} Fold the triangle up and hold it in place with a decorative button.
3. {green} Fold the triangle up and stitch it in place with a small, hand-sewn tack stitch.

Pictured below:  Small hand stitched tack stitch, behind the triangle as it’s folded on the side of the bag.

Once the sides are finished, the bag is complete.  Fill it with the bottled gift of your choice, fold the lining down to form a cuff and secure it with decorative ribbon.

4 Wine Gift Bags

Jen Eskridge
{ReannaLily Designs}