Delaware Quilts

Twist Block

One unit of this block is often used with a Snowball block to make a trellis quilt. You can also use it alone, or you can make four 6 1/2 inch units, and then sew them together into one 12 inch block finished in a quilt. (see below)

For the Twist Block you will need:
    Cut four 2 1/2 inch squares from background (tan) fabric.
    Cut eight 2 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch rectangles from one (green) fabric.
    Cut eight 2 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch rectangles from a contrasting (yellow) fabric.

We will take one of the 2 1/2 inch background squares, and add to it in a rotating manner, a 2 1/2 inch X 4 1/2 strip, of alternating colors. It is VERY important that you start each Twist Block with the same color, to achieve the correct order. Press away from the center on your twist blocks.

First sew your first rectangle to the background square,
but only half way! This is very important. You'll come back and finish it later.

(You are viewing the rectangle from the RIGHT side of the fabric, and the background square is the WRONG side.)

Continue around, adding your strips in order.

The final step is sewing the rest of your first rectangle down, and your twist square is finished. This finished unit should measure 6 1/2 inches.
Sew four of these units, and put together as shown here, your block should measure 12 1/2 inches.            

Here's a Twist Quilt set with Snowball Blocks. The background is different than the blocks, just because I liked it more.

Twist Delaware Quilts January 2003
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Updated October 27, 2022

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