I was getting tired of the split nine patch blocks, but I still love the classic nine patch. So, I gave it a twist!
I learned this technique early in my quilting career, and there is a book by Sharyn Squier Craig called “Twist ‘n Turn: a fun way to frame quilt blocks.” To make a quilt that meets the desired size for QOV, you will need 48 or 56 blocks. (With borders, that would be either 58x 66 or 66×74) Here is my layout for the larger size:
To make the block, start with 2.5″ squares and construct a nine patch.
Then add a yellow border. Using a 2.5″ strip, cut 2 pieces at 6.5″ and 2 pieces at 10.5″.
You can make your blocks tilt to the right or to the left, depending on how you align the ruler to make the first cut. The finished look of the block will be the opposite of the beginning ruler position. Lay the ruler at an angle on the right side of the block, keeping at least a half inch seam allowance to the corner of the block.
Turn the block so the cut edge is along the bottom and lay the ruler straight along the 8.5″ line on the cutting mat. Trim the next side of the block. Repeat for the remaining sides.
And now your block is ready to dance along, doing the twist!