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Thread: hand pieced tumbling blocks

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    I adore the look of tumbling blocks. The Y seams are so intimidating. I have tried machine piecing and it doesn't work well for me (I have made about 20 quilts so I have some experience). For those of you who do hand pieced quilts, is it difficult to learn? Does it work well for tumbling blocks? I thought I could bring a few to do during lunch break at work each day and slowly build a quilt. Let me know what you think. Thanks!

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    Have you seen the strip pieced tumbling block video on Youtube? It looks pretty doable to me.

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    I beleive you need to mark the seam when you are doing y seams or at least mark a dot at the y point.
    I will make two templates - one for cutting out and another for the seam. Or if you cut with rotary cutter, I will be sure and mark the point where the y should be.
    After awhile you will be able to eye ball it.

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    I agree, I watched the you tube video on strip piecing tumbling blocks the other day, it looks really easy to do. No y seams

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    To bad you didn't live closer...I would cut them for you on my studio

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    You can do it with half diamonds (triangles, duh!). That way there are no Y-seams, just strip piecing. I think Marci Baker was the first to promote this method. Here's her video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWpSETMbws4

    Or, if you don't want to do traditional piecing and deal with Y-seams, another option is to do with the English paper-piecing method.
    Then you just have to whipstitch the diamonds together, either by hand or by machine.

    But don't run from those Y-seams. Once you figure them out, they're a breeze. Take your time, mark your pieces, know when/where to stop, sew slowly (if by machine).
    I still mark the intersections on the back of every piece. And I've done dozens of them.

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    it's not hard. just remember to backstich at each end so the thread doesn't come out. Oh and if your doing tumbling blocks then stop a 1/4 in from each side but, you already know that lol. Have fun and enjoy that you can officially take your work with you!

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    hand piecing is not difficult, just more time consuming, obviously. y seams are way easier to hand piece, plus your lunchtime accomplishment will be very rewarding!

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    Thanks for the link to the video. I also am investigating whether or not I want to purchase the Accucut. I am leaning towards getting one. That would make cutting the pieces easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happyscrappy
    hand piecing is not difficult, just more time consuming, obviously.
    Jinny Beyer would argue that point. :wink: :wink:
    In something like this block, though, done the traditional way, I'd have to agree with her. I was amazed watching her put together a few blocks.

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