Twisted Ribbons Free Quilt Pattern

Get the free Twisted Ribbons quilt pattern and use Fill-A-Yard through Spoonflower

The long awaited day is here! The Free Twisted Ribbons quilt pattern collaboration with Spoonflower is now available for digital download. Scroll to the bottom of this post to get the link!

This minimal, modern pattern is fun and groovy and allows you to use a really unique feature through Spoonflower – Fill-A-Yard™. This one of a kind feature lets you print different fabric designs onto the same piece of fabric. Twisted Ribbons highlights what’s great about Fill-A-Yard™ by incorporating long strips of multiple fabrics into the design.

You can see in my I’m-Not-A-Tech-Person picture tutorial below, Fill-A-Yard™ can print 6 different fabric designs onto one large piece of fabric. Ya’ll know how much I hate excess seams. Fill-A-Yard™ prints a piece of fabric that is 72” wide. How amazing is that! Hasta la vista, unsightly seams!

Basting the Free Twisted Ribbons Quilt Pattern. A fun modern design!

You can see above that through much perseverance on my part, I decided to teach Scrappy how to baste a quilt. Progress is slow, but it's going to be worth it.

Get the free Twisted Ribbons quilt pattern and use Fill-A-Yard through Spoonflower. This is a modern design with a dynamic composition.

FYI, this post is sponsored by Spoonflower, but I assure you that I only partner with companies I like and trust.

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How to Use Fill-A-Yard™ to Make the Twisted Ribbons Quilt:

Step 1. Make a collection of at least 6 fabrics.

If you are feeling stuck on where to start, take a look at my guest blog on the Spoonflower website. I offer 3 simple tips to help you pick fabrics you love, without getting bogged down by the thousands of options. I go over color ideas and mixing prints of various scale and value. You can find my Twisted Ribbons collection here!

Get the free Twisted Ribbons quilt pattern and use Fill-A-Yard through Spoonflower

Step 2. Once you have a collection, start designing.

You can see here that I picked more than 6 fabrics. I found this helpful because I could change my mind last minute based on what fabrics jived well with each other.

Get the free Twisted Ribbons quilt pattern and use Fill-A-Yard through Spoonflower

Step 3. Pick the 2 Yard Cheater Quilt template.

Even though it looks like a bunch of squares, this template will let you make the long strips you want for Twisted Ribbons.

Get the free Twisted Ribbons quilt pattern and use Fill-A-Yard through Spoonflower

Step 4. Pick your fabric.

You can see below that I picked the Organic Cotton Sateen Ultra. It's really soft and prints beautifully.

Get the free Twisted Ribbons quilt pattern and use Fill-A-Yard through Spoonflower

Step 5. Now it's time to Fill that Yard...a.k.a. Fill-A-Yard™

Drag and drop your fabric swatches so that you get 6 vertical strips like in Step 6.

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Step 6. Fill 6 rows.

If you fill squares next to each other with the same fabric, the pattern continues to repeat. Once you're finished, click the Add to Cart button.

Get the free Twisted Ribbons quilt pattern and use Fill-A-Yard through Spoonflower

I chose to print all of the fabric in my quilt, including the light background and backing, but if you want to use a solid fabric for the background, you could print a single Fill-A-Yard™ and purchase the other fabric elsewhere. That's the great thing about this – it's flexible and totally based on what you want!

Get the free Twisted Ribbons quilt pattern and use Fill-A-Yard through Spoonflower

Twisted Ribbon Assembly Tips

One thing that makes this design look its best is when the "twisted" part of the ribbon meets at exact points. Now, you may not get it perfectly every time, but here are some steps to make sure that you're really really close.

Twisted Ribbons starts from one corner and builds diagonally, so getting the first few strips sewn and trimmed correctly are important – kinda like laying the foundation of a house.

Pic 1: Line up the "twisted" tip a ¼” away from the edge.

Pic 2: Pin, sew, and trim the excess. (Notice that I am using my ruler or mat to always keep things squared up.)

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Pic 3: This picture will make more sense once you open the pattern, but at this point you have sewn both sides of the ribbon and it's time to connect them at the "twist." On one strip, measure a ¼” away from the edge, and place a pin through the fabric where the seam meets. Keep in mind that these will be sewn with right sides facing each other.

Pic 4: Measure a ¼” away from the edge on the other strip and place that same pin right at the intersection. Hold that pin in place and pin the rest of the strip set together.

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Pic 5: And that's how you get a perfectly matching seam! Oh and if you want those perfectly matching seams to be perfectly flat, use a Tailor's Clapper. I can't quilt without one!

Matching seams tutorial for the Twisted Ribbons quilt pattern.

Pic 6: To connect the twisted ribbons, use a ruler to line up all of the "twisted" seams. With a marking tool, draw tick marks as a guide so you know where to pin. Place right sides together, lining up the marks.

Matching seams tutorial for the Twisted Ribbons quilt pattern.

Pic 7: Ta daaaaa! Your Twisted Ribbons quilt is perfectly twisted up!

Get the free Twisted Ribbons quilt pattern and use Fill-A-Yard through Spoonflower. This is a modern design with a dynamic composition.

Get the free Twisted Ribbons quilt pattern digital download here! And don't forget to use #TwistedRibbonsQuilt on social media so we can all see what you make!

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22 thoughts on “Twisted Ribbons Free Quilt Pattern

  1. Bambi Pearson says:

    What a great idea. I haven’t checked out Spoonflower in a long time, guess it’s time. Thanks for sharing Suzy!

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  3. Margaret Burnett says:

    Hello Suzy: Thank you for sharing your tutorial & pattern for this amazing quilt. What I love about it is the versatility of fabrics you can coordinate with a solid or negative colour. I can’t wait to try out your pattern.

  4. Julie Spear says:

    Ok, THIS is fantastic!! I loved this quilt, when i sw it in the Spoonflwer magazine, but had no idea itwas going to be a FREE download!! This is going on my ever growing list of quilts to make – LOVE THE DESIGN! There were SO MANY gorgeous prints shwcased in the magazine, also! I xan see what you mean about gettng bogged down with so many beautiful choices!! Love the pretty prints you chose! I have so many favorites clicked on Spoonflower from over the years, and I aded a whole bunch more that I saw in the magazine!! THANKS FOR THIS AWESOME PATTERN, SUZI!!

  5. Elise says:

    Hi Suzy! I love this pattern so much, I’m going to use it to make a wedding present. Is there a simple metric for making a king size out of this pattern? Would 4x everything work? Otherwise I’d be more than happy to buy a scaled-up version if that’s something you are able to calculate?

  6. Cathy says:

    I love this pattern for its beauty and simplicity of design. Starting to plan it in my head, I am a bit confused about the dimensions though. I am a math nerd (who has not had breakfast yet, so I may be way way off here!) but if these strips are cut 3″ wide, they end up 2 1/2″ wide…that means a little over 3 1/2 on the diagonal (3.5355″ something to be exact). Multiply that by 13 strips you get 46″. I am not getting how the quilt ends up 55 square. Is it possible the math was done with the 3″ strips pre seam allowance? Thanks Suzy!

    • Suzy Quilts says:

      Well, my dear, as much as I hate to admit it this late in the game, you seem to be absolutely correct. I’m going to run through some more numbers with my pattern testers before making any changes to the final pattern, but after another initial read through, it looks like 3.5″ strips will yield a 55″ finished quilt. Now that I know you’re so good at quilt math, fancy being one of my pattern testers? 😉

      • Cathy says:

        Boy oh boy, I’d love to! Yeah I’ve always been the rare artist that had math down pat. I’m always looking at patterns and tutorials, plotting things in my head, like if I need to make it a different size, or if I would make it a different way etc…I have often found mistakes in published books and online, and I always think of the unfortunate quilter who might ruin lots of expensive fabric and get frustrated. I worked a short stint as a proofreader too a while back, a rather dry job of poring over boring legislative bills. It would be way more fun to look over quilt patterns and try them out. I’ve been following your quiltyness online and I really like the freshness of your patterns. Your quilts always have uniquely pleasing colors and an unmistakable air about them. Throw me some patterns and I’ll get testing! (:

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