Thursday, September 17, 2015

Throwback Thursday--Around the Twist

This week's Throwback Thursday quilt is a scaled-down version of the Around the Twist pattern, using 3" finished blocks. I liked the pattern but wasn't sure about making a large quilt from it, so I decided to try it out in a smaller size. It was probably the first time I ever set quilt blocks on the diagonal too. According to my records, I made this quilt top in the fall of 1995, around the time I took my first quilting class.

Around the Twist
23" x 31.5"

I was happy with the way the quilt top turned out, but the problems began when I attempted to quilt it. I had taken my first free-motion machine quilting class in 1996, and decided to use what I learned on this little quilt. My first mistake was using a thickish polyester batting. It made the quilt hard to handle, and the machine quilting really pulled the quilt in toward the center. I also don't like the look of the shiny nylon thread used for the quilting. It has been hanging around unfinished ever since then. Every once in a while I run across it and think about taking out all the quilting and trying again, but haven't talked myself into that yet.

Check out other Throwback Thursday quilt posts at Krista QuiltsEven better, add your own post to the link-up. We'd love to see your quilts from the past! 

Julie in GA


  1. That pattern in on my bucket list. Love the way the fabrics twist around each other.

  2. I couldn't puzzle out the block construction, so had to google. I love simple blocks that end up looking complex!

  3. I love that pattern! This quilt really does deserve to be finished, although I know how daunting the idea of unpicking all that quilting can be. Thanks for linking up at Throwback Thursday today.

  4. I remember that pattern and I still use the book for reference!

  5. I remember that pattern, which was very popular years ago at In The Beginning in Seattle, but have not seen it in blue. Have you thought about just finishing it and donating it? It is a very lovely blue design.

  6. Love the colors, those soothing blues. It will be a pain to fix, but it's too nice not too. Maybe you should work on it in short shifts, like 15 to 20 minutes once a week?


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