“Twisted Sisters”


Yes weird title for the post huh – years ago when I was helping out at the County Fair for a couple years running I was able to listen in on the judges and hear their comments.  One thing they complained about on a couple quilt tops to be judged – entered as finished tops was that several had twisted sisters” on them.  I hadn’t a clue what they were talking about until I glanced over to see what they were looking at – these little intersections at the seams – sometimes – ok – often when I machine sewing the seam facing down gets twisted as I am sewing through – even though it is pinned!  When I hand piece I do not have this trouble at all of course – only machine piecing.  How do you all prevent this from happening and do you always go back and fix it?  I must say I don’t bother to – now if I was entering into a show I would but I’m not interested in entering a show so I just press and don’t worry about it.


Have you all heard that term “twisted sisters” or do you call it something else?  Weird term I thought.


I have worked off and on today on the little quilt and I’m half way done!! And I got a little hand quilting done on Joseph’s Coat as well.  Yes I skipped the fitness center today – after the dentist appointment I just didn’t feel quite right – I have a horrible jaw and it was aching a lot which in turn gave me a bit of a headache and then the Novocain to make my jaw numb always seems to mess up my sinus’s so I stayed home.

Now it is time to get some muffins baked – I love a homemade muffin for breakfast in the morning and I have some pumpkin, walnuts and raisins to do the job —

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10 comments… add one
  • Terri in BC Aug 6, 2012

    That is an interesting term – how on earth can they tell when a quilt is finished? Does it leave a tell-tale bump? How can you tell I’ve never entered a quilt competition? LOL

  • Sarah DiDomizio Aug 6, 2012

    I agree with Terri….I wonder how they can tell once the quilt has batting in it.

    I’ve had that happen a few times, and it usually occurs when I have the seam that’s underneath facing the wrong way. Using the picture you have in the post, if you feed the piece onto the machine with the left side going first, the feed dogs won’t be able to catch that little piece of “loose” fabric. The direction of feed for the underneath seam should be in the same direction as where you pressed the seam.
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  • Karen Aug 6, 2012

    At this county fair you can enter quilt tops not quilted yet and finished quilts.
    The way the pattern shows this quilt is to press the seams towards the color away from the cream so every other seam is getting hit like this – it wouldn’t matter which way I start sewing.

  • Wanda Aug 6, 2012

    Usually that little seam twist happens because the surface in front of the throat plate is a little lower than the throat plate and when it hits it, the edge twists the seam back. On my Pfaff machines I have a folded index card propping the swing out tool box up higher so they are level and I rarely have that problem any more.
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  • Nedra Aug 6, 2012

    I’ve never heard that term before… but I like it! I now have a new quilting term to add to my vocabulary. And yes, I’ve got a few twisted sisters on the inside of my quilts.
    Love the new quilt you are working on. Has the pattern name come to you yet?
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  • This happens to me a lot less often now I have a machine where the stitch plate is the same level as the machine bed but I always make sure to pin through the seam allowance and if it looks like it’s going to cause a problem I slow down/stop just before the seam and check that it’s still going the right way. Sometimes I unpick them but only if they’re causing a problem on the front that can’t be rectified with a good press ;o) I’ve never heard them called ‘twisted sisters’ though…
    P.S. Your quilt is looking gorgeous!!!
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  • I’ve never heard that term used in quilting, but I know it’s a rock band!!! We also had a little chick hatch with a twisted little beak and I called her Twisted Sister.

    Our fair takes quilt blocks, but not tops. If I’ve messed up my seams, they aren’t looking for that. I enter a block each year and have gotten first place each time. I’m always concerned about points not being cut off and seams matching and I guess they are, too. I don’t think I’ll do the fair this year…. too HOT!!! The buildings just have fans blowing through them and I guess I’m getting to be a real wimp in this 100+ weather.

    I really like your machine pieced quilt. Cute design. I have two of Carrie’s books, but not that one.

  • Elzaan Aug 7, 2012

    Never heard of the term, but it makes sense…
    This happens to me sometimes. I do go back to fix it by just picking the thread immediately on the “twisted” part and folding the fabric the way it should be. After this I just restitch two or three stitches over the seam. Don’t know if this will “not show” in a quilt show, but it is good enough for me.
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  • Tim Latimer Aug 7, 2012

    I don’t think it is a problem at all!…and the quilt police need to relax! the points match and the top looks great….and once it is quilted they wont be able to look inside….unless the quilt police start using x-ray……quilting stops being fun when little things like that become an issue…I say press and go
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  • Marianne Aug 7, 2012

    “Twisted sisters” happen … and it’s OK! As long as the front looks good, I figure it’s fine and I don’t re-do. If the seam ends up way off, I might take it out and re-do, but usually I just move along.

    That new quilt is really looking cute – love the colors!

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