This is one of my favorite grid patterns out there. I have called it TWIST. I have seen it many times on people’s quilts and I am always struck by the energy it brings to the patchwork.
Even though it looks difficult, it is relatively easy to do.
The pattern is stitched out row by row.
You can go in a second time to echo the twist shape.
When you are using a larger grid you can of course add more echoes. (In the samples with the black fabric, I used a 2 inch grid instead of a 1 inch grid.)
When you want more decoration it is important to think about the stitch path. For instance in this sample I could stitch out all the extra lines that are positioned along the horizontal lines (row by row). Then I could go back in to follow the vertical lines (column by column).
Technically you could stitch out the extra lines while you are also stitching the pattern itself. If you want to do this, you will want to create an uneven number of lines so you can progress to the next part of the pattern. If this doesn’t make sense to you yet, please stick to stitching out the TWIST pattern first and go back in to add the flourishes. The next drawing shows just that!
In the drawing above I stayed within each grid with the echoed lines. You don’t have to of course. How about this next idea? I will have to stitch it out one day.
I had some fun with this next idea. After stitching out the TWIST pattern I went back in to add some curls.
It is a really busy pattern and will not suits every quilt. It reminds me of a dance; twisting and twirling!
My next blog post will be on the same TWIST pattern, but with more complicated flourishes.