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!
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.
FYI, this post is sponsored by Spoonflower, but I assure you that I only partner with companies I like and trust.
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!
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.
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.
Step 4. Pick your fabric.
You can see below that I picked the Organic Cotton Sateen Ultra. It's really soft and prints beautifully.
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.
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.
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!
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.)
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.
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!
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.
Pic 7: Ta daaaaa! Your Twisted Ribbons quilt is perfectly twisted up!
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!