Autumn Twist


About this Quilt


Darkened leaves flit to the ground, dancing a twisting path as they fall. Shades of green, brown and olive are perfect for capturing the feeling of summer turning into autumn. The blocks have leaves in different colors, but all the leaf stems are brown. The way the blocks are arranged in the composition creates a lot of twisting, twirling movement.

One subtle change that Karen Bialik made to the traditional leaf block is to make the background in two colors, rather than just one. That small difference in sewing makes a huge visual impact—it makes the quilt look dimensional and gives it a lively, dappled look. You’ll enjoy experimenting with color combinations for the background, and the leaves as well.

This generously sized bed quilt has a series of 5 borders to frame the quilt center and make it nice and big. You could easily make another row of vertical blocks to make a big, square bed quilt that would keep you cozy all autumn and winter long. Or add even more borders to create a dramatic finish. So even though this quilt is easy and simple to sew, there are many ways to twist up even more to make it your own.

Pattern Details

Quilt Designed and Made by: Karen Bialik
Skill Level: Easy
Finished Size: 87½˝ x 101˝
Fabrics: Fabrics in the quilt shown are from the Ketan collection by Banyan Batiks for Northcott Fabrics.

Get the Autumn Twist pattern and More from McCall’s Quilting September/October 2018