Twistin’, twistin’, twistin’ the night awaaaaaayyyyyy!! I have been hearing Sam Cooke in my head for a couple of weeks now. I keep saying these mystery quilts name themselves, and it is still true. I had another name I wanted to use, but this one just wasn’t going to cooperate until I let it have the name it wanted.
The fun part of this one is its versatility. I have done colorations every which way from Sunday and it does great no matter what the background color. It is lovely with pastels and white, works in high contrast or low volume, looks spectacular in brights with black background, and I love it other colors, too. It works in a two-color variation, and even looks interesting in white scraps on a dark color background. So, anything goes!! It is much less busy than some of my other designs, and may be my favorite one so far.
I designed Twist with charm pack squares in mind to reduce your cutting time and make a larger quilt easier to do. It uses a lot of 5-inch scraps! So, start digging out your charm packs and fat quarters, find a background fabric, and get ready to Twist the night away! I chose this Boundless Violet Femme fabric collection for mine. I’ll be using the jelly roll for another project. If you need background charms, Moda Bella Solids at Fat Quarter Shop come in lots of colors so you can cut less and make more. Bluprint has Precut Solids in lots of colors too including black, with some on sale now!
The 2020 Scrap Dance Mystery – The Twist will post the third Friday of each month for 7 months, then reveal in August. I have a speed piecing idea to show you a bit later, too. The steps go so fast, I think I’ll make two at one time in two different colorways so I’ll have one to donate at the end of the year for our Mini Car Club’s silent auction.
So, today we start with gathering fabrics and beginning the cutting.
Download the pdf for your first step – TwistStep1CuttingRevised.
To make the cutting easier, you can use a square up ruler to cut some of the 5-inch squares down to 4-1/2-inches by just cutting two sides.
Since the sizes are really close, I put mine in bags labeled with the size. This will help me keep them straight and pick up the ones needed for the step.
If you cut up fat quarters, hang onto the scraps for use as a scrappy border. This will ensure that some of the prints repeat in the border, bringing it together. You can use them as leader/enders too, making the border as you go. I cut my pieces in varying widths all three inches long. I’ll sew the three inch sides together for the border.
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Just in case you want some charm packs to fill in, there are plenty on sale at the Fat Quarter Shop Precuts of the Week and Bluprint Precuts on Sale. FQS also has 20% Off the Basic of the Month, and 30% Off the Notion of the Month, plus check out the Daily Flash Sale – something new at clearance pricing every day!
To see all the steps published so far, click on The Twist!!
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