Prairie Twister Quilting – Quilt Along 2020

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It’s week four of the Prairie Twister Quilt Along, the July quilt for Quilt Along 2020. The first week we pulled and cut out fabric, the second week we made the units, and last week we assembled the quilt top. This week we’re quilting Prairie Twister!

Quilting Prairie Twister

For 2020, we’ve collected 12 of our most popular quilt patterns. We’ll make a quilt a month and cover the creative process from selecting colors and fabrics, piecing and assembly tips, and quilting ideas to help you finish your quilt. Click Here to check out the quilts so you can pick which ones you want to make in 2020! August’s quilt is Prairie Twister.

Prairie Twister Schedule

Over the next few weeks, we’ll make our Prairie Twister quilts. Check out the schedule below.

And you can click here to find all of Quilt Along 2020 in one place.

Prairie Twister Quilt Along 2020

60″ x 60″

The Pattern

If you like to have the pattern at your fingertips before starting, we’ve got you covered.

Click Here for the FREE Prairie Twister pattern.

Making a Quilt Sandwich

Lay the backing down on a flat surface, wrong side up. Place the batting in the center of the backing. Center the quilt on top of the batting right side up. Baste with spray, pins, large stitches, or any other method you prefer.

Check out this video on how to spray baste a quilt!

Select a Quilting Design

As you select or create a quilting design, it’s important to keep your machine in mind. Straight lines and gentle curves lend themselves to a walking foot.

Quilting designs with dramatic curves and fluid lines lend themselves to freemotion quilting. If your machine can drop its feed dogs and you have a hopping foot, you can freemotion quilt on your home machine.

Here’s a video on setting up your home machine for freemotion quilting.


And of course, hand quilting goes great with quilt as you go. Traditional hand quilting brings elegance to every design, and more modern big stitching brings a lot of whimsy and playfulness. Click here for a big stitch quilting tutorial!

Big stitch quilting by Sarah Fielke

Factor these options into your creative choices for your quilting designs. Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s take a look at some ideas for quilting Praire Twister.

Quilting Ideas

In a quilt with as strong a motif as Prairie Twister, there are so many ways to emphasize the piecing with quilting. You can use all kinds of curves and fills, but you can create a lot of visual impact with straight lines. Experiment with echoing shapes, gridding, and density of quilting to emphasize different areas. Straight line designs are easy to quilt on a machine by using a walking foot, or they can be quilted by hand.

Above is a simple line design. Below illustrates a more complex straight line design.

Below, illustrates a curved line mimicking the focal triangles. From there fill could be added to the remainder of the quilt such as a meander-type quilting design or play with circles as shown.

August Giveaway

Each month you’ll have the opportunity to enter to win a fun quilting prize. Enter below to win a fun fabric bundle. Congratulations to our July winner, Sue G!

(actual fat quarter bundle)

Enter below and click submit.


Having trouble with the survey? Click here for the web version.

Join the fun!

Get involved with a community of quilters in the AQS Project Parade Facebook group to show off your creations and chat with fellow quilters. Use the hashtag #QuiltAlong2020 and tag us @aqsonline on Instagram so we can share your quilts!

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