On my design wall

The same twisted 9 patch blocks are on my design wall but I’m slowly making progress on them. I need to go back to making 9 patch blocks now as I’ve twisted all the ones I had.

This quilt will take (48)  9 inch blocks (blocks are 9.5 with seam allowances and I started with a 6 inch 9 patch block (6.5 with seam allowance)) It will measure 54×72 which is a good size donation quilt.


I also finished quilting this top sent by Cecile for me to quilt and donate. I used my Circle Lord Swirls template. It’s been a while so I was a bit wobbly in places — it won’t be very noticeable when it’s done thanks to cotton batting and washing/drying the finished quilt.


Bouncing around in the channels with the stylus is my biggest challenge with these giant templates but I love the texture and the results I get and once I’m warmed up it’s not bad. In fact I just ordered the Pampas Clam board the other day — I’ve been wanting a clamshell version and this can be quilted with or without the *grass*.


I always make sure I have several quilts lined up before loading one of the templates on the table so you’ll be seeing a few of these in the next couple weeks although I’ll alternate with some freehand quilting too.

14 thoughts on “On my design wall

  1. Dianne B. in England

    The swirly quilting is lovely! Thanks for showing us the template, too — I always wondered what they looked like, not having access to any long-arm quilting machines in person. 😉 I love to see these things!

  2. Diane

    Oh darn it Mary, I want to make a twisted 9-patch now!! I love the look-like the blocks are dancing. And I’m drawn the the word “twisted” ….hmmm lets not ponder on that. I have a bunch of 9-patch blocks made, now if I could only make a couple more hours in the day.
    Thanks for all your great pictures.

  3. Norma

    I also have trouble with the Swirls CircleLord template. I end up with wobbly spots too! You are right though, using cotton batt and washing the finished quilt hides a multitude of sins! LOL The texture created by the swirls on the quilt is great!

  4. tirane93

    the more i see of your twisted nine patch the more i like it. keep after it!

    i haven’t picked up any of the boards for the circle lord. it looks like you have to tape yours down. is that how they all work?

  5. Kathy

    I love your work. I wish I had a longarm so badly. I keep dreaming. I noticed you are not part of the One World One Heart Blog event. Please stop over by my blog to enter to win my giveaway. As a quilter you would appreciate it. All you have to do is leave a comment on the original post and you are entered. Simple as that. If you want to learn more about the event, simply click on the logo. It’s not to late to join if you would like.

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