Kansas Twister Quilt

This quilt has been around a while, too, but is finally finished. It was last spotted here, back in January. Under a year isn’t bad, for me, with so many ideas swirling in my head.

I suspect this pattern has been around since the beginning of quilting, it has enough names to have been, anyway. Whirligig, Kansas Twister, Texas Trellis, Whirling Triangles in a Hexagon…. are just a few that I  have heard.

I see others currently making it and calling it all kinds of crazy “new-fangled” names. For me, I try to stick with the traditional quilt names when possible. You?

I hand-quilted this one 1/4″ inside the twisting shapes, using Aurifil 28wt thread, leaving the little background triangles unquilted. I used Quilter’s Dream Select batting, in cotton. It creates such a nice, old-fashioned feeling quilt, but still easy to quilt through as opposed to some of the other cotton battings out there.. Every so slightly thicker than Request. I love them both.

Kansas Twister quilt by Sewfrench

This pattern is made up of 60° triangles cut from 2 contrasting strips. The higher the contrast the better, that is the key to making them pop. No match-matchy here. The strips  are cut 2 1/2″ wide then sewn together. To make a whirling hexagon, you need to cut 12 triangles, 6 matching triangles with the same color on all the bottoms, meaning as you cut, every other one will match. My  fabric is two deep, so you are only seeing half of what you need.

Cutting a Kansas Twister pattern @ Sewfrench

You end up with enough triangles for two hexagon shaped blocks, one with the light on top, one with the light on bottom. You have to decide whether you want them all in one quilt or not. It does change the look. I used them all, in this one. My goal was to use up as much old fabric as possible.

Pinwheel quilt by Sewfrench

I had some larger pieces of calico that I was struggling to use up and this turned out to be the perfect spot for them! Some hand quilters refuse to use a quilt back with seams. Obviously, I’m not one of them.

Pinwheel quilt by Sewfrench

I think it matches perfectly. I’m finally beginning to see my fabric collection evolving from the 1980s to current times. It feels good. 🙂

What do you call this pattern? Have you made it? Did you use matching tips (the background fabric behind the twister)? All light tips, all dark tips or some of everything?

Kansas Twister quilt by Sewfrench

Kansas Twister
a vintage inspired quilt by Sewfrench
58″ x 70″
machine pieced
hand quilted
using Aurifil 28wt thread

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8 Responses to Kansas Twister Quilt

  1. Julie Fukuda says:

    I can see a lot of work went into that quilt. I would say that even with machine piecing, under a year is pretty fast. Congratulatins.

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  2. Love the old-fashioned look and hand quilting ! 🙂

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  3. knitnkwilt says:

    Nice! I especially like the way you used some light fabric for some of the twisters. I too like quilt history and the link it gives to use old names. There is a limited number of variations on squares and triangles–some name variations reflect different use of light/dark/print/plain, some reflect geography of designer. With all the electronic communication today, I wonder at our variant naming.


  4. Lynette says:

    I do like old names. I admit to chuckling sometimes when younger people present a quilt, or a pattern, of a design that’s been around for decades and think it’s something new. ;D


  5. mtetar says:

    Old or new the techniques are awesome. Blessings Always, Mtetar


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  7. Kathy says:

    I love your Kansas Twister quilt … and not just because I prefer traditional patterns done in traditional settings/colors. You did a fabulous job! I always thought I was a non-pieced back quilter until I had to piece a backing for my daughter’s chevron quilt … it wasn’t as difficult to quilt through as I was afraid it would. Even so, I think I’ll stick to wide fabrics for my backings … saves time and I don’t have that much fabric in my stash (at least not that I’m willing to “part” with just yet”.

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  8. Shannyn says:

    Looks gorgeous! The colour play is perfect.


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