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Thread: Questions about tumbling block pattern

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    Super Member granny_59's Avatar
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    Hi all

    I found this youtube tutorial here with this amazing tumbling block pattern that is made with the strip piecing method.
    I just wonder whether it does loose the 3-D effekt if it is done that way?
    I was trying to do the corner of an attic window with two triangles out of the frame fabrics (sure hope this is understandable) to avoid the y - seam and it did not look good at all so I had to go with the y - seam.
    But on a tumbling block pattern there are so many of them!? Does anyone have a pattern of a "regular" made one.

    thanks for reading
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    Here is a paper pieced pattern:

    http://www.quilterscache.com/T/TumblingBlocksBlock.html

    An English paper hand sewn pattern:
    http://www.hgtv.com/crafting/baby-tu...cks/index.html

    Best machine sewn pattern:

    http://www.karencombs.com/patterns.htm

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    thanks so much for the links

    do you have experience whether the strip piecing ruins the 3 - D effect. It would be so much easier to make.

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    I've not done it that way myself granny, but as long as you have the 3 "shades" and they are positioned correctly the "how" should not matter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by granny_59
    thanks so much for the links

    do you have experience whether the strip piecing ruins the 3 - D effect. It would be so much easier to make.
    The 3-D effect remains even with the easy method

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    I've done the cubes in One Block Wonders which are constructed in strips, and they have a great 3-D effect.

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    Oh thanks so much, the quilterscache one is PP, isnt it? And it really looks great.

    What is "one block wonders" and do you have pics from that one too?

    Granny_59

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    Quote Originally Posted by granny_59
    Oh thanks so much, the quilterscache one is PP, isnt it? And it really looks great.

    Granny_59
    No it's not paper pieced. I just sewed it patchwork style. I got in a rhythm of what color to put next, (with a picture on the wall). It was actually pretty quick!

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    Well I'll be darned! http://www.quilterscache.com/T/TumblingBlocksBlock.html It is shown paperpieced, but I didn't do that. I just cut accurately, and started sewing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by granny_59
    Oh thanks so much, the quilterscache one is PP, isnt it? And it really looks great.

    What is "one block wonders" and do you have pics from that one too?

    Granny_59
    Here's the quilt with cubes
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-35771-1.htm

    One Block Wonders - method of constructing hexagons by strip method. Books by Maxine Rosenthal - and Cutebuns is currently running a tutorial on the board, go to Virtual Section - select One Block Wonders, Kaleidoscopes, Stack & Whack.

    The cubes are in the book One Block Wonders Encore, or there is new book out in April, One Block Wonders Cubed, see
    http://www.amazon.com/One-Block-Wond...5904906&sr=8-1

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    Here is one thread on the one block wonder design:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-25708-1.htm

    You can also do a search on one block wonder or the acronym OBW.

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    One Block Wonders, Kaleidoscopes, Stack & Whack.


    thanks so much for your help. Learning at least five new words a day here!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by granny_59
    One Block Wonders, Kaleidoscopes, Stack & Whack.


    thanks so much for your help. Learning at least five new words a day here!!
    :thumbup:

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    My sister did the tumbling block pattern like that and it looked great. I have tried the attic window using the half square triangles and it came out pretty good. Give it another try. I hate "y" seams.

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    It definitely does not lose the 3-D effect. It's strip quilted, meaning you cut strips, sew strips and sew more strips. The "blocks" are sew as half-blocks, vertically, making a strip, then the strips are sewn together, matching the other half of the block.

    The instruction booklet I used was "Not Your Grandmother's Tumbling Blocks."

    Here's a link to some pictures of the one I just finished. Getting ready to do another as soon as I get a couple of other things off my table.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-35132-1.htm

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    boah........that looks great and very 3 - D!!
    It did also read cutebuns tutorial: amazing.
    With all this great stuff on this board I have a hard time to sit on my sewing anymore :oops:

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    I think the strip-pieced method works best with small-scale prints. Anything large scale or directional would emphasize the mismatch due to the strip assembly.

    Mine (or I should say Pat's) was done the traditional method with Y-seams. Definitely a learning experience.

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    I should have said to be sure to pick your colors with a very light light, a very dark dark, then pick a medium which fits nicely in between. If your 3 colors are too close in value, you won't get the "pop" of the 3-D effect you're looking for with this quilt.

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    To make the seams in the strip piecing methods blend in, try using small prints, blenders, something that the seam lines are not so notiecable. :wink: Large prints, geometric designs, stripes, etc will be more noticeable as you can't line up the designs when sewing the strips together.

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    thanks so much for the advice, I just figured to get the best results that way, which means I have to buy more fabric. my to do list is getting longer and longer. :lol:

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    Here is one I made with the strip method. Was easy and quick. Pattern came from a "big block" book.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MissTreated
    It definitely does not lose the 3-D effect. It's strip quilted, meaning you cut strips, sew strips and sew more strips. The "blocks" are sew as half-blocks, vertically, making a strip, then the strips are sewn together, matching the other half of the block.

    The instruction booklet I used was "Not Your Grandmother's Tumbling Blocks."

    Here's a link to some pictures of the one I just finished. Getting ready to do another as soon as I get a couple of other things off my table.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-35132-1.htm
    made with streight seams Not your grandmothers tumbling blocks pattern
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    wow.....they are both great! I will definately try

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    I was just on Amazon and they have Not your Grandmothers Quilt for 16.98 plus shipping. They were out of stock but they have about 6 or 7 now.
    Rufus2

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    I have 2 Yorkies, too

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