Tumbler Blocks


Awhile back I saw a pattern for using the tumbler block – something about this easy old fashioned block attracts me.  I need something easy to work on for a change.  I have never made a quilt from this block.  Now that I am almost done with Dizzy – I quilted my fingers to death on this one and need some time off to heal up these finger tips again – I do not build calluses for some reason.   Seeing as my machine has been serviced and running smoothly I thought I would start a new project Smile yes I know I have many in the works and I will work on them too – just not the quilting for a little bit.  I thought the tumbler blocks would be a good easy sewing machine project – I will work on Patchwork of the Crosses in between this and maybe even get back to work on Common Bride.  Eventually I will get back to hand quilting the Bow Tie Medallion.

I will leave my sewing machine out and just put my laptop out of the way when I am not using it.  My sewing table doubles as my lap top desk which is why I normally do not keep a machine out but I have decided that I really need to leave my machine out more to get in the habit of using it.  (I don’t care to use my computer much by dragging it around the house for some reason – I prefer it to sit out)

Several patterns that I have seen with the tumblers – one from Crazy Mom Quilts and another from Moda- the Cutting Table had my interest in this peaked recently -  last year I won a layer cake from someplace (well actually technically this one is not called a layer cake but 10 square or something like that – it is a Robert Kaufman fabric line)– I hate to say I don’t remember where I got it  – but I don’t, I should have stuck a note on the package to remember – and the tag that had been attached to the ribbon has fallen off and I don’t even know what the fabric line is! Maybe someone will recognize this?  Each square will give me 4 pieces.  Maybe this will be a table topper size?  Not sure at this moment – I’m just going to get started cutting today and then decide on lay out – maybe add some pieces from my scrap boxes to make it bigger?


It is a cold, cloudy day today – not a day for being outside all that much although I will go to the fitness center this afternoon to exercise a little.  What are you all up to today?

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9 comments… add one
  • Debbe Jan 14, 2013

    I love your fabric choices. I can’t wait to see your newest creation.
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  • Archiethewonderdog Jan 14, 2013

    I’m looking forward to seeing this grow!
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  • Debbie Jan 14, 2013

    Of course it is time to start a new pattern! Can’t wait to see your progress.
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  • Charlotte Jan 14, 2013

    I made a “tumbler” years ago from double knits (yuck), but it was pretty and colorful. And although I never quilted it, I gave it to a little old lady who worked with double knits. You’ll have this one finished in no time!
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  • Teri Dingler Jan 14, 2013

    I will be getting my machine out this week as well and putting the quilt top together I cut out over the holidays-called chain of curves-I will email you a pic-I like the colors in the above! Our quilt shop just informed us they are retiring and closing ;-( so I plan on stocking up on the big sale!
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  • audrey Jan 14, 2013

    Sometimes I just want something easy to sew–no pressure. It is such a good break from the hand work to sit at the sewing machine and see blocks multiply in a hurry.:)

  • Angie Jan 14, 2013

    So exciting and fun—I just cut the tumbler template out of cardboard a couple of days ago. 🙂 I haven’t had time to get to the fabric/cutting yet but soon. I will love following yours.

  • Nedra Jan 14, 2013

    You are always so good about finishing your projects. I’m sure what ever you decide to work on next, it will be wonderful.

  • Astrid Jan 14, 2013

    I think we just need to start new projects in between finishing projects, or else we’ll go insane – 🙂 I have never made tumbler blocks either, I think they are great for using up bits and pieces. Lovely fabrics.
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