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Thread: Tumbling blocks - How to start

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    Senior Member sonisew's Avatar
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    How and where do I start to make a quilt using the tumbling blocks? Is there a pattern that I need to use? Any help would be appreciated.

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    You need to first decide if you want to do the traditional TB that has the set in Y seam or the "not your grandmothers" tumbling block that does not have a set in Y seam. Here is one from Quilters Cache that does not have a set in seam and is PP http://www.quilterscache.com/T/TumblingBlocksBlock.html

    Patterns are available all over the internet. When I made mine I did the traditional set in seam and used the pattern from the book Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!!

    Then you need to decide what colors you want and should choose a light medium and a dark in that color scheme, or you could go with all different colors but just stick to a light a medium and a dark. The contrast gives the TB that wonderful 3D look.

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    The pattern from Quilters Cache is probably the easiest.
    feline fanatic is right, to get a good effect, you need definite light, mediums and darks to pull it off :D:D:D

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    Or you can go here and get this pattern and ruler. It makes a great TB without Y seams. http://www.kayewood.com/item/Stackin...lt_Pattern/259

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    check out paperpieces.com= they offer all kinds of templates in various sizes but also AND MORE IMPORTANTLY they offer free design paper- like graph paper--but with all different shapes- including a tumbling block- you can print off the free papers and then color with colored pencils to design your quilt.
    i love playing with blocks!

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    If you enjoy "hand work" you can do english paper piecing, using diamond shapes. I haven't done one, but it's somewhere on that long list of "to do's"

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    Oh, my, I LOVE that three dimensional look!! I could just pick it up and pile it upside down on others like it to make a huge block.

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    There's a book called Geometric Gems that has a beautiful wallhanging in it. It reminds me of Japanize Lanturns.

    We used one batik for the insides of the blocks.

    Lanny
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    Wow, that geometric gems is absolutely amazing. That's one pattern I love but have never had the nerve to start.
    I may have to actually buy a book.

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    I love the Geometric Gems! I made a tumbling blocks baby quilt using a book from Singer on Quilting. I no longer have the book but I have seen it advertised for sale in the classified here. It was my first book on quilting. Sorry the picture is sideways.
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