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Thread: Tumbling Block quilt

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    I am new at quilting altho I am 71. I am making, trying, to make a Tumbling Block quilt. I have been to many sights on the internet and found some old patterns and they all give me different ways to put the blocks together. If I do like some say, I get the footprint of the quilt in a bunch. I think I should make rows, the long way, up and down, and then sew them together. I would like some help. I think my way is going to be mind bending!! But it will work.
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    Ritacarl

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    MadQuilter is the lady to talk to. She has made gorgeous tumbling block quilts. If she doesn't see this thread, PM her. She is a nice lady and I'm sure would give you all the advice you need.

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    Hi Ritacarl

    Welcome to the board. When I did my TB quilt I used the set in Y seams. I assembled each individual block first then I sewed each of my rows, leaving the 1/4 seam allowance unsewn so I could still do the set in seam when putting my rows together. Sewing the rows together did take a little longer because I had to set in each Y intersection. It did seem daunting at first but once i got going I got into a rhythm and it really wasn't so bad.

    Here is a link to a picture of my Tumbling Blocks

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-22344-1.htm

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    This is a YouTube by Marci Baker that is helpful to make it easier.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWpSE...eature=related

    Hope this link works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter
    MadQuilter is the lady to talk to. She has made gorgeous tumbling block quilts. She is a nice lady and I'm sure would give you all the advice you need.
    Thanks for the compliment but hahahaha have I got you fooled.

    Feline Fanatic - your quilt is stunning. Did you do the inset method with Y-seams?

    I made a quilt for my hubby years ago and I sewed the individual blocks by machine. It was a bit of a pain because you have to start 1/4" in from the edge AND stop 1/4" before you get to the other end. I endedup marking all my seams so I could see the dots.

    A few weeks ago, I found some leftover blocks and sewed them into a pillow top by hand. That seemed easier - but I would not want to do that on a large quilt. It's in the pictures thread under Pat's Pillow. Let me see if I can dig it up.

    Which method interest you most? If it is putting individual blocks together, I can probably give some advice - but I am not at all familiar with the strip piecing.

    Gotta run - but I'll check in later.

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    Hi, This is what I am planning to do. I have cut the foot path or top of the block into 2 pieces, leaving 1/4" for seams. Then I am going to sew it to the medium piece. I will do that in one long row or length of the quilt. Then I will take the second half of the top and sew it to the dark piece all the way to the top. Then I will have one long seam. Of course coming into the blocks are other block pieces. I will have to lay the whole quilt out and take each piece or series of pieces to sew. Matching colors, etc. I sure hope it works. Had a lot of old material that I got from my mothers when she passed away. Some of the pieces are chincy, but I'm practicing now. Thanks, Rita

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    Thank for the link to marci Baker's tutorial. I bought her book when it came out, but couldn't seem to "get it"
    Thanks so much,007-holic

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