Sharing is caring! That’s what my son Liam proudly explains me and so I follow his example. Today I am sharing this patchwork block tutorial with you. The block is called the ‘Celtic Twist’ and I definitely love the twist in it. Enjoy the sewing and don’t forget to share your blocks with me by tagging me on Instagram using #celtictwistblock and @martinalatimer_atsarahs
Grey: 4 rectangles [3 ½” x 6 ½”], 1 square [3 ½” x 3 ½”] and 4 squares [2” x 2”] Blue: 4 rectangles [2” x 3 ½”], 4 strips [2” x 5”] and 12 squares [2” x 2”]
Let’s start with the outer edges. Please lay out the patches you will sew into little blocks together, as illustrated in this photo. You’ll need 4 squares [blue 2” x 2”] and 4 squares [grey 2” x 2”] and 4 rectangles [blue 2” x 3 ½” ].
This photo guides you through the sewing, step by step.
Note: Sew the squares together as indicated on photo 4; the positioning of the grey and blue squares alternates – it is mirror inverted! I know this can be a bit confusing but this is where laying out the patches comes in handy.
Top left: This is your starting point. You have one blue, one grey 2” square and one blue rectangle.
Top right: Please start with the 2” squares and sew them together and press them open.
Bottom left and right: Once you have sewn the small squares you can add the rectangles. By now you should have assembled all the patches into 4 small blocks. You can lay them aside for a while now.
For the next step, please use the 4 rectangles [grey 3 ½” x 6 ½”] and the 8 squares [blue 2” x 2”]
Put the blue squares on the outer corners of the grey rectangles as indicated on the photos. Note: When you use patterned fabrics, please make sure to put the right sides of the fabrics together and align the raw edges perfectly.
Top left: Please pin the squares onto the grey rectangles once you have aligned them. Now you can draw a diagonal line on all 8 blue squares, from the shorter to the longer edge of the rectangle.
Bottom left: This is the time to start your lovely sewing machine and stitch along the drawn lines. You should have 4 grey rectangles with 2 blue squares sewn onto each rectangle.
Top right: To remove excess fabric, use your ruler, measure ¼” from the stitchline towards the outer edge, and trim.
Bottom right: Press the blue half square triangles open.
Oh, what a good feeling having another set made. There is not so much left.
I like this part lots as it is a bit different in its technique, using a partial seam.
You’ll need 4 strips [blue 2” x 5”] and 1 square [grey 3 ½” x 3 ½”] to make the center piece.
It is useful to lay out the patches before you sew them together to minimise mistakes in the sewing process.
Now that you have laid them out, please start with the left blue strip and sew just to the middle of the grey square, a partial seam. You’ll finish this stitch line once the other 3 strips are sewn on.
Continue with the top strip, followed by the strip to the right and the bottom strip.
This is the time to finish the stitch line for the first strip. Pin the fabric and simply stitch along the remaining open seam.
Look what you have achieved so far. Please lay out all the little blocks that you have sewn to illustrate the Celtic Twist block. Take some time and decide on which directions you will press the seam allowances. This is important as you will have an easier time matching the seams.
Before I started sewing the rows together I decided to press the top row seam allowances towards the left side, the middle row towards the right side and the row on the bottom towards the left side again. You can do this however you like. Once you have sewn the rows illustrated on the photo you can sew the rows together.
Congratulations on a lovely 12” Celtic Twist block! Don’t forget to tag me 😉 on Instagram using #celtictwistblock and @martinalatimer_atsarahs