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Help please - Tumbling Blocks pattern (very confused!)

Old 09-03-2012, 08:15 AM
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Default 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?
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:29 AM
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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

Here are pics of my finished quilt.
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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).
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