Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Twisted Rail tutorial

Stratas are made of 4 strips, in values from light to dark. 3.5" strips make 11" finished blocks, 3" strips make 9" finished blocks.
Sew strips together into stratas.  Press the seams toward the darkest strip.  Layer them right sides together with colors going in opposite directions as seen above.  Seams will be going opposite directions for easy matching.

Measure the width of the stratas and cut blocks that size.  Cut in half diagonally and sew the 2 sets of triangles into blocks.

You will have 2 different kinds of blocks.  I call the little square up in the corner the 'eye'.

Place the blocks with the 'eye' in the same position on all of them, alternating the 2 kinds of blocks.  It will automatically form a twisting pattern with a light twist and a dark twist.  You can make it scrappy or in just 4 fabrics.

Here is a baby quilt made with just 4 fabrics.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

I really like the look of these blocks. They not only twist, but they look so deep as well, like an attic window block. Thank you so much for sharing the 'how-to,' you are very generous!

Heather

Jackie said...

This is a great block! I have never seen it done where it twists. I like that look.

Sewing Junkie said...

Sometimes the smallest of things takes you off into another whole directions. The simple cut and the look is totally different. Neat move to producing another look. Chris

Nancy said...

Love this. Thanks for the tutorial.

Gene Black said...

Thanks Wanda, I could have figured it out, but I probably would have wasted some fabric along the way. You make everything look so easy!

karenfae said...

thanks for sharing how you did this.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

hetty said...

I love the movement of these blocks. Great way to use up some scraps too. Thanks for sharing your technique!

Tina said...

I love it! Yesterday, I was drawing it in Powerpoint to figure it out and my kids thought it was really cool. Thanks for the tutorial!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Ohhhhh - love this! Thanks for putting together and sharing the tutorial!

cookie said...

Thank you so much Wanda. This is a great tutorial I like the look of this one and sure will give it a try.

Laura said...

Thanks so much for sharing this block and quilt. I haven't seen it done like this before. Love the look and how it twists.
Laura T

Debbie said...

Great tutorial and wonderful color choices. The values makes all the difference in the twist effect. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I always enjoy learning from your tutorials. This is I could do now. ☺

Thank you J~MT

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Beautiful Wanda. Thank you.

True Blue Nana said...

That is too cool. I wonder how it would look with wonky strips. I am definitely going to try this one.

Jody said...

Another terrific tutorial from the Great One! Thanks so very much for bringing a Rail Fence worthy of piecing to us!!!!
You. Are. Wonderful.

Vicky F said...

Hi Wanda,
Hey, I think I have some of those fabrics you're showing in the first picture!

Thanks so much for the tutorial on the rail twist. I have some fabrics in mind for this technique. What an illusion!

Any thoughts on how to quilt it (i.e. quilted following the twisted rails?) Or maybe this would be better served by straight stitching and let the fabric do the talking.

Vicky F

Blue Ridge Mountains said...

Thank you for the tutorial on the rail twist. I have been looking for something not to complicated and this fills the bill.

sparkle jars said...

What a great idea! Thank you for sharing this tutorial. I can't wait to give it a try. :-)

Anonymous said...

Here it is July 2014 i saw this recipe and jumped in with both feet. I used black and whit scraps from a jelly roll . Way too cute R2Rock Hill SC

Darlene Tangedahl said...

I have been looking for 2 days to figure out what project to make next. I think I just found it! Thank you.