New Orleans House Project

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Red, White, and Blue Twister Quilt Finish

 I'm still trying to stay focused on finishing my Gathered Harvest appliqué quilt, but I managed to sneak in some binding on a long standing UFO.

According to a previous blog post, I started the quilt in early June, 2012!


I loved collecting all the red, white, and blue fabrics for the quilt, but didn't love the resulting quilt top and put it away to marinate. 

I rediscovered the quilt top about 2 years ago, and inspiration struck.  I added the white (white on white scattered stars) and blue (Moda Grunge) borders and was happy with the result.

After some starry quilting by Diane Knott (Butterfly Threads Quilting), all that was needed was binding, a hanging sleeve, and a label.

 I'm still working out the label idea, but the binding and sleeve are done.
The quilt design reminds me of fireworks, so I think the name will be Illuminations - inspired by John Adams' thoughts on how American Independence should be celebrated.  In a letter to his wife Abigail, he wrote:
I am apt to believe it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as a great anniversary Festival.  It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn acts of Devotion to God Almighty.  It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.


  1. Love the variations on Patriotic themes in this twister wall hanging...very neat!!
    nice work hugs, Julierose

  2. What a fun "celebratory" quilt! Fireworks on your wall for the summer will be a great thing!
    Doesn't it feel so good to get an older, marinating project out and finished? Love it!
    Oh, thank you for the closing quotation. Don't recall seeing that before, but it is wonderful!

  3. What a great little quilt, with a perfect quote to go with it.

  4. I remember when the twister pattern was very popular. I love your patriotic version. Get pick for the borders. They frame the center perfectly. Fabulous quote.

  5. Congrats on finishing a UFO! It is a nice patriotic piece and fits your wall hanger perfectly.

  6. I agree with the name of the wall hanging! I have the book on making this, but never made it!!!! Hugs

  7. What a fun pattern, I enjoyed the pattern and figuring out how the blocks came together. Glad you were finally able to finish it up, and just in time to celebrate Independence Day!

  8. Those borders and that quilting really make this wall hanging shine. Congrats on finishing up this UFO!!

  9. That is great that you were able to finish a long time UFO. Lovely and patriotic! You always come up with such great names for your quilts! Hope all is well with you.

  10. great little quilt! Diane's quilting is perfect for it. Hope you'e having a good summer.