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    Scared to get started....

    Ok I have bought the book, the ruler and most of my material for my sons tumbling block quilt. Now I just need to get started with ironing and cutting and sewing and cutting some more. But I have never done this pattern before and even though it looks easy I still am scared to get started... HELP>>>>>

    The book says that I should have 12 of each shade what do you think? Can I go as is or should I get more fabric? I have a gut feeling that I will need more fabric.
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    Wait before cutting look at this site. someone on here posted this the other day. go to search on the board and type
    in tumbling blocks and you will find this if the link does not work. it is so so so much easier than all the angles. good luck

    http://www.myquiltfabric.com/pdf/Tumbling_Blocks.pdf
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    Quote Originally Posted by Delta View Post
    Wait before cutting look at this site. someone on here posted this the other day. go to search on the board and type
    in tumbling blocks and you will find this if the link does not work. it is so so so much easier than all the angles. good luck

    http://www.myquiltfabric.com/pdf/Tumbling_Blocks.pdf
    Thanks for that link! I think that even I could do this!!!
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    great link. thanks.
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    I have the book ABC 3-d by Marci baker. I even bought her ruler. I love the idea of the strip pieced and would not do it if it had Y seams.
    Ok I just saw that tutee and love it also. Oh what to do.

    Do you think it will be ok with all blues? Or should I add other colors? I just love the idea of an all blue quilt for him.

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    Why don't you try a block or two and see how it goes before cutting all of your fabric? Good luck with it!
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    I always make a block or two before I cut all my fabric to see if I want to go with the the fabric or not. Your fabric is beautiful I hope you have very good luck with it.

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    Wow! The finished top on that tutorial is really beautiful! Will have to add this to the someday list....

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    What a great tutorial! I've always wanted to do a Tumbling Blocks but not the Y seams! One more to add to my "someday I'll have time to make it" list

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    Quote Originally Posted by crafty pat View Post
    I always make a block or two before I cut all my fabric to see if I want to go with the the fabric or not. Your fabric is beautiful I hope you have very good luck with it.
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    Wow, great tutorial and amazing quilt. I think should be able to do a one color tumbling block. But I think you may have to test the value of your fabric and make sure they are distinct enough against each other. If your piles are sorted by light medium and dark there may be some fabrics between the medium and dark that may need to be switched.

    This is where one of those red pieces of plastic work great to determine what fabrics will really be of the same value.
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    I find that when I start a project not feeling completely sure about it I is a struggle so keep reading until you feel comfortable.

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    http://www.myquiltfabric.com/pdf/Tumbling_Blocks.pdf
    In this tute are they suggesting 5 1/2 yards of tone on tone or 5 one half yard cuts of fabric = 2 1/2 yards total for the tone on tone. Anyone done a larger one than crib size. If so do you have fabric amounts.
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    wash, dry til damp, spray with starch. press...then decide what you want to make with them!

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    Great link/tut
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    I think I would add white/off-white/very light grays and use all the blues for your medium & dark if this is supposed to be a bed size quilt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BKrenning View Post
    I think I would add white/off-white/very light grays and use all the blues for your medium & dark if this is supposed to be a bed size quilt.
    That sounds like a good idea. that way the grays would blend in more? but give added dimension?

    All the advice was great. I think I am going to put it away till June. Just found out that my husband will be gone then and i will be able to concentrate better on it, plus I will have a little bit more money to go buy some added fabric to get a better contrast. MY son will not be happy that I am putting it off for another week and1/2. But I have my oldest graduating on the 3rd of June and I know I am going to have to make some kind of design wall and leave it up till done. Since I sew in my kitchen nook and family room I don't have a spare wall but I think I will put something on rods and hang it up in the living room where there is plenty of lights.
    Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I feel my courage building, and building.

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    I have been wanting to do a tumbling block quilt for a long while now with this wonderful tute, I think I will not be so aprehensive about doing it. Thanks to the tute and all of comments,
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    Since tumbling blocks is all about value to get the deminsional effect another way to check value is take a picture of your fabrics then view it as black and white. I really liked the idea of adding in some white, beige or grey since all blue would lack a wow factor. Also remember tints and shades in blues like Navy (almost black) or whites with a blue cast to them.

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    I think the blues will be beautiful. I watched this tute and so want to make this. I've wanted to make one for years, but hate y seams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delta View Post
    Wait before cutting look at this site. someone on here posted this the other day. go to search on the board and type
    in tumbling blocks and you will find this if the link does not work. it is so so so much easier than all the angles. good luck

    http://www.myquiltfabric.com/pdf/Tumbling_Blocks.pdf
    Thanks for the link -- Now I have no excuse for not trying this pattern. I've always like it but didn't want to deal with all those set-in seams.
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    Thank you for the link. This is now on my to do list
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    Awesome site information,thank you !!!
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    Thanks for that link! Many years ago Alex Anderson had a person on Simply Quilts that did this pattern. It was an easy way, but this one is easier! Thanks!

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    while we were discussing tumbling block quilts on this thread i did an image search on blue tumble blocks quilts. there are several out there to look at to get ideas on an all blue one though another color would give more depth it seems.

    but while looking i saw this tumble block quilt. it's amazing and i wonder if it's possible to duplicate and make it without a y-seam issue. i cannot image how to get this together but it's a great looking one imho. btw i do love the tumble block quilt pattern especially when they have a few blocks that have broken away and look like they are tumbling.

    http://www.amishcountrylanes.com/Pages/hs4332.shtml

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