Turmoil Assembly

Turmoil Assembly

The centre of the Turmoil quilt is made up of 12 by 12 fabric squares (and one border of the same width) which are first sewn together and then cut apart again with the help of the template enclosed in this pattern (see PDF download at the bottom of this part of the Turmoil set of instructions).


Centre of Quilt: 

  • Cut ca. 20 (twenty) 4" (10 cm) squares from each fabric.
  • Cut 2 (two) 4" x 42 1/2" (10 cm x 106.5 cm) and 2 (two) 4" x 49 1/2" (10 cm x 124 cm) wide strips from the black.
  • Arrange the squares at random or to create an abstract design. You can also refer to our diagram:

Turmoil diagram

  • Sew the squares together with a consistent ¼” (0.75 cm) seam allowance.
  • Add the black borders - first the shorter strips to opposite sides, then the longer strips to the remaining two sides.
  • Make a template from the enclosed PDF pattern. It is important to include the tilted cross within the template.
  • Optional: Use a commercial cut twister template.
  • Read carefully and follow the instructions as explained in our Technique article Twister (Cut-Sew-Cut-Sew).
  • Your quilt centre is finished.


Since the blocks of this quilt have edges on the bias, so has the quilt centre. Therefore it is very important to measure through the centre of the quilt top and along the side edges to determine the correct length of the first border. Ideally, all three measurements are identical. If your measurements don’t differ greatly, there is no real problem.

However, if your measurements differ greatly, something went wrong during sewing and assembling the blocks. Curse under your breath, have a cup of tea and consider re-sewing the quilt centre after analysing where the error lies. If this is not an option for you, calculate the average of the measurement through the middle of the quilt and the right side. The result is the length you should cut the right border. Apply the same technique for the left side. You must be aware, however, that this procedure will most probably result in a quilt that does not hang flat!

  • Cut two strips from one of the red fabrics 1” (2.5 cm) wide and the length you measured through the centre of the quilt. Pin the border in the middle and distribute any extra length, either in the quilt centre or the border, over the whole length.
  • Sew two the two strips to the right and left of the quilt centre.
  • Cut two more strips from the red fabric: same width, but the measured length plus 1” (2.5 cm).
  • Sew these two strips to the top and bottom of the quilt centre.
  • Repeat these steps for the wide black border.
  • Your Turmoil quilt top is finished.


The quilting pattern for the Turmoil quilt was designed for free-motion quilting. Therefore there is no need for marking the quilt at this stage. Should you prefer to quilt the quilt using a different pattern, this might be the right moment to take up your marking pencil.

  • Lay the backing fabric on the floor right side down. Unfold the batting and lay it on the backing fabric. If necessary, use warm air from a hair dryer to smooth out any wrinkles.
  • Put the finished quilt top on the batting and backing. Make sure that there are no puckers in the backing fabric and join the layers using your favourite basting technique.

Your quilt sandwich is now ready for quilting.

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