Last time, we took our grid work to a new level by using more of the basic shapes. We followed the same path using the grid. It’s time for more grid designs! Using the S shape and the (mostly) same path.
I saved this shape and the hook for last because they are a bit trickier to stitch and keep the grid going. But as always, I have hints and pro tips to make it fun and easy. More grid designs = more fun!
Remember the S shape?
Such a useful shape! If you’ve been following along with the Free Motion Quilting for Beginners Series you should be very familiar with it. If you’d like to start the series from the beginning, start here.
For this grid design we are going to modify the S shape a little. We need to exaggerate one side of the S and flatten out the other side. Like this:
I named the two parts of this S shape. You’ll see why in a bit. The exaggerated side is the “BUMP” and the flattened out side is the “SLIDE”.
Use the same 9-patch grid.
Start in the upper left corner and stitch the shape across the top. Just like before.
It is SUPER important that the shape is stitched the same each time. The BUMP first and then the SLIDE. So I use those words as my mantra.
Bump and Slide – Bump and Slide – Bump and Slide……
This mantra will be ever so helpful when you start changing directions.
Next, stitch down the side. Bump and Slide.
As we did before we will work across the horizontal grid line. But for this design, the serpentine path will not work. You will simply stitch across the top of the line. Keep the mantra going!
Can you see now why we need a mantra? The S shapes going across to the left are opposite of the ones we stitched across the top of the grid. It would be easy to get confused and turned around without the mantra.
Next stitch across the bottom of the horizontal grid line back to the right. Keep the mantra going! Bump and Slide.
Without the mantra, you’ll be sure to get confused on this step. With the mantra you’ll just go along easy-peasy.
Continue on down the right side, and across and back on the next horizontal grid line. Keep the mantra going!
Stitching down the right side brings you to the bottom of the grid. Begin to stitch across.
Just as before, work the vertical grid line up.
Are you noticing how the S-shapes are nesting together? Cool!
Next, work your way back down the vertical line. Keeping the mantra? Of course you are! If you don’t, you’ll be getting out the seam ripper.
Move across the bottom to the next vertical line and stitch up and down. Then across the bottom to the left side. Then all that’s left to do is stitch up the left side, back to where you started!
I love the movement this design brings!
This design is know as “Terry Twist”. It was named for the great quilter, author, and teacher, Sally Terry, who originated the design. You’ll want to check out her books and if you ever get a chance to take a class from her, DO NOT pass up the opportunity! You will learn a ton and have the most fun ever.
Here’s some real-life grid-work quilting. You can see a nice example of Continuous Curve (top right) and Terry Twist (bottom left). Notice the actual grid is not showing. I marked the grid on the fabric with blue water soluble marker. After quilting I rinsed the marks away. When we have seam lines on the quilt marking is not necessary. But where you have no seams, mark that grid. Sometimes you will want to stitch the grid and other times not.
The center circle is also grid work. A simple cross hatch is grid-work!
Next up, we will explore using swirls or hooks for more grid designs.
by Mary Beth Krapil