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Thread: Help please - Tumbling Blocks pattern (very confused!)

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    Help please - Tumbling Blocks pattern (very confused!)

    I'd like to make my darling SIL a Tumbling Blocks quilt for Christmas. I saw a video on this ages ago where two strips were joined and cut at an angle and joined. I plan to use three shades of blue to get the effect.

    However, I've been searching for a simple pattern and have come across ones that speak about 'setting in' and Y-blocks?? What is that and will I need to do it?

    I need a pattern that tells me how much fabric I'll need in each colour and the finished size - around a throw size would be great. (I'm not very experienced but can follow a pattern - just, lol).

    Can anyone please point me in the direction of a simple pattern? (Happy to buy this).

    Also, is there anything else I should know before I start?
    Thank you!
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    Here are some links to tumbling blocks without Y seams.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWpSETMbws4

    http://www.myquiltfabric.com/pdf/Tumbling_Blocks.pdf

    But if you would like to try the Y seams here is a Kaye Wood Video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLkHfcuNzCA
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    I think but am not sure, that Nancy Zieman did this and you can watch her shows for free on www.nancyzieman.com.

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    You can do really cool tumbling blocks with no Y seams. You do need the ruler but it's totally worth it to use this method. The book, http://shop.online-quilting.com/shop...&category_id=1

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    As Scissor Queen has said, the one without the y seam is so much easier to make. I will never use the pattern with the y seam again. Good luck with your's.

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    There is a book by Marci baker that is excellent. All strip pieced without y seams. Her video sample is on the Internet but I recommend the book.

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    I used this link http://www.myquiltfabric.com/pdf/Tumbling_Blocks.pdf to make mine with no y seams. I only had trouble with one section and I found if I flipped my second strips over to cut, they were at the correct angle. I found the link here on the Quilting Board too under links and resources.

    Good luck no matter what method you chose - this one did work though

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    Quote Originally Posted by carslo View Post
    I used this link http://www.myquiltfabric.com/pdf/Tumbling_Blocks.pdf to make mine with no y seams. I only had trouble with one section and I found if I flipped my second strips over to cut, they were at the correct angle. I found the link here on the Quilting Board too under links and resources.

    Good luck no matter what method you chose - this one did work though

    Here are pics of my finished quilt.
    Your quilt is lovely! Exactly the kind I have in mind. Thanks for all the replies folks - I'm off to do some clicking now!
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    Even with the Y seams, tumbling blocks can be a lot of fun to make, but the no-Yseam tumbling blocks are a much better idea for your first one.

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    but to master the Y-seam is so impressive!!!! It's not difficult, you have to remember to stop 1/4" from the edge (then I back stitch to anchor the seam).
    my name is becca and i'm a quilt-a-holic :-)

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    I have a question regarding tumbling blocks made with strip-piecing and no Y seams. I also saw a grandmother's garden quilt made up of lots of hexagons that also use the strip piecing method with no Y seams.

    However, it looks like both of these end up with vertical seams going right down the middle where you join the strips.

    And then your tumbling blocks with have an additional seam going down them.

    Would love to hear comments.

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    Hello. I looked into making the tumbling blocks quilt and also the grandmother's garden quilt without Y seams. They used the strip piecing method. However, it looks like you end up with a vertical seam going down the middle of the top of each tumbling block! I don't know if I like that. You don't have that seam when you use the traditional method with Y seams. I don't know what I hate more -- the extra seam, or making Y seams!!!

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    Hello. I looked into making the tumbling blocks quilt and also the grandmother's garden quilt without Y seams. They used the strip piecing method. However, it looks like you end up with a vertical seam going down the middle of the top of each tumbling block! I don't know if I like that. You don't have that seam when you use the traditional method with Y seams. I don't know what I hate more -- the extra seam, or making Y seams!!!

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    I used my Go to die cut 60 degree diamonds and didn't have a problem sewing the Y seams. I just left 1/4" inch unsewn on each block and added another one. I found it much faster to sew using the Y seams. I took a Marci Baker workshop and it was fun to see the strips coming together to make this quilt.
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    i took the Craftsy.com free BOM for 2013 and on it the instructor showed how to do this block.

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