Since I finished a traditional Dresden quilt earlier this year, I knew that I wanted to go in a different direction with this challenge. Still a traditional block, I used the EZ Dresden ruler to create tumblers.
I’ve been wanting to play with a tumbler quilt for a while, and this was the perfect time. I cut 6″ strips of each of the fabrics in Violet Craft‘s Peacock Lane collection, which I’ve been hoarding since it came out, added in a few coordinating Kona solids, cut my wedges (or tumblers, depending on how they’re used) and started sewing them together in pairs.
Just make sure when you’re sewing your tumblers together that you offset the ends just a little. Basically, you want them to meet where your 1/4″ seam will be.
Here’s one more thing that might seem obvious, but I didn’t think of it at first… when you’re sewing your tumblers together, you want to have odd numbers. If you’ve got rows of four tumblers, they’re not going to meet up when you sew the rows together. If you have five tumblers, then you can sew the rows together and match up the wide ends with wide ends and short ends with short ends.
From there, I started making random groupings. I didn’t go in with a plan, I just started throwing sets together to get different shapes.
I squared up the edges.
And started sashing between the blocks with white.
I used the rest of the tumblers for the back, this time choosing to use grey around the outside. I wanted to keep the zig zag look of the tumbler blocks, so I made some tumblers from my background fabric and put those on the ends.
And that’s where the easy sailing of this quilt ended! After days of issues, I’ve got it almost done, I just need to finish the binding and take some pictures this afternoon. I will share it with you tomorrow.
For now, I’ve got an EZ Dresden ruler and some extra fat quarters of Peacock Lane to give away! If you’d like me to send them to you, leave a comment and tell me your worst quilting disaster. Just because it will make me feel better. Or tell me that I’m crazy and nobody else has quilting disasters… whatever you’re most comfortable with. I’ll pick a random winner – or maybe the person with the most horrifyingly sad story – and send them something to brighten their day. I’ll announce a winner this Friday, the 15th.
***giveaway is now closed. Thanks for entering.***
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