September 25, 2013

Twister Quilt!


The game Twister was invented in 1966.  According to the patent information issued, the game was filed on April 14th, 1966 and accepted on July 8th, 1969. The two names on the patent were Charles F. Foley and Neil Rabens. (source)

I remember playing Twister as a young girl and into my teens... and then after I married and had children, it was nothing for our friends to come over on the weekend for grilled burgers, homemade ice cream, and a game of Twister. We were still agile at that point in our lives.  Oh to be that young again!
I found this image online and cleaned it up, printed it off and took it over to Staples and had them blow it up for me to 36 x 42 inches.  I used a large piece of tracing paper and made pattern pieces from the ran off copy.  I used fusible to apply the dots and the figures.  Using all batik fabrics, I was able to create the quilt below.

 




I quilted each section with a different texture design.  I am really pleased with how it turned out.




I showed it to my hubby once it was finished and he asked who I had quilted it for.  I told him that I had made it myself.  He looked stunned. lol... Just goes to show that he is accustomed to seeing traditional quilts come from my workroom.  It was fun making this quilt and I think I shall have fun creating a few more.  I have to keep him guessing, now don't I? :)

81 comments:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

This is so cool! Yes, I remember Twister was a big part of our family gatherings, too.

Esther F. said...

Fun fun fun! Love this post and the fabulous quilt!
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Judy B said...

Your Twister quilt is sew fantastic! Thank you for sharing.

Judy said...

SUPERBE!!!!!¨>*I just love it!

Pauline said...

Absolutely Fabulous! What a great quilt! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the subject and sharing fond memories!

Gill said...

I love your Twister quilt Thearica!!

Vickie said...

That is too cool Thearcia ! And an excellent idea !

charlotte said...

Commenters are right, Thearica, that is one cool quilt. You did an amazing job!!!

Britt-Inger said...

I love love your twister quilt. It is awesome and an amazing quilt. Thanks for sharing your creativity. You have put a smile on my face.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Oh Thearica!!! Your quilt is adorable....I would like to make something like that for myself...great idea!!

Aletta said...

Wow, what an amazing quilt!

Jeanie said...

I love everything about this quilt! I'm glad you made it for yourself, to enjoy and admire. Love your pink studio..... just a lovely space to create in!

Gene Black said...

I am a "child of the 60s" too. I remember the opening of McDonald's in our town. I also remember Twister although I don't think I ever played it. (not a game that attracts too many introverts I would think) The quilt is lovely.

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

That brings back some memories! A really creative and beautiful quilt!

Connie said...

What a unique quilt and your post really brought back some memories!! I used to love playing Twister. Thanks for sharing!

Carla said...

Aren't you the creative one. Great project! I love this idea. Thanks for sharing.

Mdm Samm said...

Yes you made me twist....what a NEAT idea and sooo themed to boot...yes Twister will always be fresh in my mind

Leah said...

Your quilt looks fabulous! Great way to take an image and turn it into a quilted work of art.

InGa said...

This was just so creative... :-)
Congratulation to one of todays best.

Mary said...

Congratulations!! You did a beautiful job of recreating the box top! I love who you bright the 60's to the top, hop,

Linda said...

Wow! I LOVE your quilt!!!

Barb said...

Wow! What a fun quilt. Excellent. I love your sewing/quilting space, too. You've packed a lot into that space!!!

tink's mom said...

This is a terrrrrific idea and it turned out so well. Thanks for the explaination on how you managed to come up with the pattern. Just so fun. Also enjoyed sharing the memories.

JanesQuilting said...

What a great idea making the Twister game. You did a fantastic job. In also likes your timeline. I forgot about Johnny Carson. My aunt and uncle would watch it every night.

Carol said...

I'd say you stepped out of the traditional box and totally outdid yourself on this one...I love it! This is something I would love to make. Great job, Thearica!

SIMPLESEW said...

its really fabulous.......

MooseStash Quilting said...

Oh my gosh that is just too cool. What a great way to remember our past! Love it love it love it!

Joyce Carter said...

How well I remember this game! Your quilt is so cool. I like the way you quilted each section differently. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

Joni said...

That is a fab quilt! I hope you enter it everywhere!!! I loved your design process, thank you for sharing. Pigtail pink is the perfect color.

Lori said...

wow this is truly fantastic. what inspiration. you really hit the nail on the head. thanks for sharing.

Brandy Pettit said...

Your quilt is really impressive, and so is your Gammill! That's the biggest sewing machine I've seen, my goodness! Is it big enough to quilt a king size quilt? I like how your pigtail pink brightened up your rooms, it's really amazing how much of a difference it can make. Thank you for sharing with us!
~Brandy

Heleen Groot said...

Your husband is very right. That quilt is absolutely stunning! Gorgeous. You could try some Twister again....Just make sure to drink a lot of alcohol beforehand! It limbers you up, apparently..... I have been known to bellydance after some of that....... Never knew I could do that......

LynCC said...

Oh my gosh!! Thearica, this is stunning! You have to enter it in a few shows. People will love it. :D

Heidi [Banks of Frog Creek] said...

I just love this. Plain and simple! Thanks for sharing!!

Marla's Crafts said...

Just loved the quilt. I do remember that game. You came up with a great idea.

Theresa said...

Oh, I love this quilt! I remember this game and loved playing. I want to make this quilt for myself. Fabulous job!

Machelle said...

Love how this turned out! Isn't it fun to take a break form the traditional once in a while!!

patchouli moon studio said...

What a wonderful Twister quilt! I never had the game myself, but played it a few times at friends houses.

Audrey said...

I remember the day Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. Were we ever excited! We used to have Twister parties with our family and friends too. It was a tradition we carried on with our own children well into the 70's and 80's. I doubt the my body would allow me to be the champion now! Thanks for the memories.

Abbigail said...

Loved how this came out! It's great! I also like and am jealous of the redo you have of your sewing rooms! Love the color you put into it too!

Denise said...

What an absolutely beautiful quilt! I love it! You did an awesome job.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Love the quilt. What a great idea and it is so fun!

Sewgreen said...

That is an awesome quilt!! SO creative!

Nellie Duclos said...

Grooooovy quilt! I also enjoyed the walk down memory lane. Growing up in SF during that time was an experience I will never forget, but left to attend college where influences were less and the " old college town" was small and more traditional. Of course, with times, things change and are never the same, but it's fun to reminisce. Thanks for sharing your awesome quilt.

CharlotteT said...

Very nice Job! Your recreation was great!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Stunning! I love this quilt - so many memories came to mind. :) blessings, marlene

Rose Best said...

Cool.. remember the game Twister very well...great job

Gingini said...

Awesome!! Love it! :D

Leslie said...

That is "groovy"! Love it!

beaquilter said...

this one is GREAT! love it...

madebymeinred said...

Amazing quilt! Let's say perfect colors and perspective.

Sarah said...

I think you hit the game right on the nose (and that's what I usually did playing the game; fall on my nose. LOL) with your quilt.

Annette Schultz said...

what a great quilt and the idea of how you did it ..... thanks sew much for sharing
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Annette

Just Quilt It said...

I love your project! Great memories of the 60's and beautiful work!

Quilting Tangent said...

Love your twisters game quilt, allot easier to look at, then to play. :) 24Tangent@gmail.com

Debby said...

What a wonderful tribute to that crazy game we all played. And played. And played at all the birthday parties! Finally someone came up with other socializing games. You did a wonderful job getting it from pic to fabric. It's fabulous!

Robin said...

Twister spans the generations, doesn't it?! That is one of me faves in this hop. Great job!

Createology said...

Oh My Groovy Goodness you are Twister clever. This quilt is very 60's inspired. Thank you for hopping. Creative Stitching Bliss...

canuckquilter said...

Absolutely perfect! So clever too.

Jodi - usairdoll said...

What a smart cookie you are! Love your quilt! Your new quilt studio is awesome!

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Nancy M. said...

That quilt is so clever. I love love love it. Your room looks like a very cool place to relax and do what you do so well.

Kwilt Krazy said...

That is so cool! Great job!

Margaret said...

Wow how groovy your new studio is. Lots of memories with this blog hop. Thanks for sharing.

jan said...

Wow that is really awesome - you did a fantastic job!
xo jan

Emily C said...

Beautiful quilt.

Janarama said...

FANTASTIC design and quilt. Awesome job!

Cindy said...

What a great interpretation of the pic you found. Great job.

Linda J said...

I love it! I thought of Twister too with the blog button but never would have come up with this! Great job, Thearica.

kbo said...

I really like the quilt, the textures you created adds movement to the iconic game. Far Out Man!

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

Your quilt is absoutely fantastic, you did a wonderful job!
Thanks for sharing and beeing part of the hop.
Bente

SewCalGal said...

What a beautiful and fun quilt Thearica. I sure hope you enter it in a quilt show. Great job.

SewCalGal
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Sandy said...

That is such a fun quilt.....you did beautiful work on it! Thanks for sharing with us.

Bluequilt said...

Wow, that is a very creative quilt. You have a lot of talent. Hats off to you.

Amy said...

What a great quilt! Super groovy! ;)

Sarah Craig said...

Cool cool cool!! I remember playing twister - and most of the other things you listed, too! Except at our house, we watched Star Trek! Whoop whoop for a very neat finish!!

Suze said...

Thanks for the trip down memory lane. My bedroom was my folks' walk-in closet. It had a small chest of drawers, a rollaway bed and a very small vanity that my dad had built. I could lie in bed and watch Johnny Carson on the tv in my folks' bedroom. Of course, my room was right at the end of their bed, so I could hear it as well. Twister is a great game. Actually, at work even in the 80's some of us played cards together at noon. Occasionally, we would get together with our spouses at someone's home and play games (not cards as not all the spouses played card games). So, one night we drug out someone's Twister and drew for partners. We had an absolute blast. Thanks for participating. Your quilt is amazing. You did a wonderful job of recreating the box top. You are very clever in your approach. I'd probably have given up and not thought to have it that large. It is perfect. Again, thanks for participating and the inspiration.

Needled Mom said...

That is fabulous! I remember all of those dreadful contortions!

LJ said...

Your quilt is absolutely the coolest! Your ability to replicate the image is totally groovey. I loved that you used different quilting motifs for each person. I loved playing that game, too. BTW, your studio is lovely and I think the pink is perfect - pink is my favorite color! Your upstairs rooms reminds me of mine but I'm rather envious you have room for a long-arm up there. "Peace", as we said in the 60s.

Kristen King said...

GROOVY! :) What a great project!!! :)

oneenglishteacher said...

Wow! That is such a fun quilt! I think it captures the spirit of the game Twister so well :-)

Jordie Nilla said...

Nice Stuff..! I also wish him good luck to defend his gold medal. I definitely enjoyed every little bit of it I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.
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