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A Mini Twister Mini Quilt for the Winter Fun Challenge

So a while back we had a little fabric giveaway challenge here at Pile O' Fabric to welcome one of my lovely new sponsors, Mad About Patchwork. Four lucky winners received a Fat Eight Bundle of a beautiful custom bundle that Pam had put together called Winter Fun. One of the stipulations of the contest was to make something using at least one of each fabric from the winning bundle, submit photos of the finished item to me and I would then share about it with you all here at Pile O' Fabric. Well time got ahold on me and I'm quite embarrassed by how long it has taken me to begin these posts. So please forgive me!

I live in Gilbert, AZ which honestly I really dislike! Today was in the 90's, its almost October! Not cool, literally. So it has been so difficult to get into the Christmas sewing mood, but looking at these wonderful Winter Fun project's is definitely helping!

Today I would like to introduce to you our first Winter Fun Winner. I asked each contestant to share a little about their self and their project.

Meet Rhonda

I am including a picture of me & my husband, so that you can "meet" me. I am 56, married. I live in a small town in southeast Missouri. (Poplar Bluff, MO) I am a retired RN. I had to retire, because I had 2 strokes. After the first one, I was paralyzed on the left side, and I am left handed. I had to learn to write and walk again. My left side is still weak. I am so thankful that I am able to grip a needle, and quilt & embroider again. My sewing is great physical therapy! I may be slow, and my arm gets tired, but it is a blessing to me to be able to sew/embroider by hand still. There are many things I can't do any more (play tennis, run). I did not think that I could hand quilt again, but the ladies at church do quilting, and they helped me with learning to hand quilt again.

I enjoy looking at the blogs, and learning new ideas and methods. I do have a blog, I don't always keep up with it though. It is called Ozark Country Stitchin. I am not too good with it, as there are so many things I need to learn about blogging. Thank you so much for hosting the giveaway.

What She Made

I made a miniature quilt with my Winter Fun fabrics. I used my Lil' Twister tool. The finished quilt is 7" x 8". Machine pieced blocks, but quilted by hand. I used green variegated thread to quilt the pinwheel blocks. I used a tan thread to quilt the grey boarders. The binding is the grey & white argyle fabric. I pieced the back with the frosty animal print with the solid green, solid white and dotted orange fabrics. I call the quilt Winter Fun Pinwheels.

Thank you so much Rhonda for sharing your story and beautiful mini quilt with us. Your story is very at home to myself, my mother suffered a massive stroke when she was 45, and is to learning how to do things over again as well. It is so encouraging and inspiring to see you press on and to continue doing what you love!

The Bundle

So are you in the mood to do some winter sewing yet? This is a great bundle with its alternate holiday colors. It can be purchased in a Fat Quarter Bundle at Mad About Patchwork along with other wonderful collections such as Brr!, Bella, Stockholm, and Chicopee.


Alyssa Williams

Alyssa Williams

Creator of Pile O' Fabric

Alyssa Lichner is a graphic designer turned avid sewist. She writes modern quilting tutorials and shares techniques and inspiration on her blog, Pile O’ Fabric. Alyssa has a passion for exploring different techniques and applying them to modern designs. She is thankful to have the opportunity to share these techniques, through her tutorials, patterns, and classes with quilters around the world. She always encourages her readers and students to challenge themselves to try new things and to approach quilting with a fearless attitude.