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Thread: Tumbling blocks

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    Pam how beautiful, It makes me think of the cube puzzle that you twist around to make it come to a solid color on one side and the same on the other side.....anyway you have chosen the right scappy colors and they all blend in great together...I love the pattern that you have there...and you have done a Great Job and you should be very proud of your accomplishment.....your grand daughter must be a special person in your life to get such a beautiful wall hanging quilt.....a very lucky person,indeed.
    I haven't tried the tumbling blocks yet, but would love to one of these days. it looks very complicated....tell me your secret.
    scarlett

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    Pam............I love your tumbling block!!! What pattern is that from? Usually I just see solids but yours are 9 patch.........I love it. I would love to make one like that!!

    Great job!!
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    I didn't use a pattern. I got my idea from a magazine & adapted it (changed it )so that it would work for a quilting contest that I entered here at a local quilt shop. The contest required all of us to use the same material that the shop provided. We had about 27 little 4" blocks to work with in whichever way we chose but we had to keep the project 36 x 36 or smaller (if I recall right). We were also allowed to add like 1/4 yd of another material. When I first saw all the colors I thought they were ugly together...but it made me work harder to come up with something that would incorporate all of them & still look half way decent. After I decided on the Tumbling Block theme...I started cutting diamonds & I divided the colors into lights, mediums & darks. If I were to do that project again I think I would try to do strip piecing & then cut the diamonds on an angle so that I would be dealing with strips of diamonds & not individual diamonds...but alas...I have not been quilting all that long & have a lot to learn yet!!! :D

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    It is Fabulous!
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    That's awesome!

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    Kyiav10,
    That pattern of your icon is a must have. My husband collects Lionel trains and he would love to have a quilt with trains on it.....do you still have that pattern or tell me where I can get one...I sure would appreciate it...
    scarlett

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pam Pollock
    Thanks for all the nice comments. I really appreciate it! It was my 1st attempt at using diamonds (the hard way of course). I had diamonds trailing me all over the house while I was working on this project. I had to keep my cutting mat on top of it while working on it as I didn't get it done at one sitting. I took several photos of the finished wall hanging because I thought I was taking blurry photos. But since all my photos come out the same way I came to the conclusion that the way I did the outside borders of the tumbling blocks or the colors or something I did causes it to appear to have movement. I know combining reds with certain colors can cause the appearance of movement. Not sure why it happened...but I guess someone may know?

    PS...I used wood dowling w/wood beads screwed onto the end of the dowling & spray painted it a dark navy blue.
    What size/degree diamond did you use and was this hand or machine pieced? How did you start this wallhanging - from the center and work out? I have never attempted anything like this but it is so striking I would like to give it a try. I would be handpiecing.

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    The diamonds within the 9 patch diamond are 1" finished. The degree of the diamond is 60 deg. I machine pieced everything. I made all the 9 patch diamonds in light, med & darks & then assembled the 9 patch diamonds into the 7 tumbling blocks. After I had all 7 tumbling blocks sewn together, then I pieced the surrounding diamonds in sections & finished by piecing the dark blue borders. I would do it differently if I was to attempt it again. I would try strip piecing I think. I'll wait awhile before attempting another one. LOL

    Good Luck with yours! I'm sure tumbling block patterns have been done by hand successfully by others. My hands just wouldn't want to cooperate with me if I tried doing them by hand. I hope you'll share your work when you're done. :D

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    All those inset seams - aaarrrggghhh.

    What a beautiful job. I did one for my honey (not even remotely as exciting as yours) but I understand the work that went into it. BIG thumbs up :!:

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    Wow that is awesome. It is almost three dimensional.

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    That's very cool, I love it!

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    Thanks for the nice comments!! :D

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    Am I pleased this was bumped! I love it Pam - I've done a simple 3 patch tumbling block but never seen one like this, with 9 patchs. Add it to the list!

    K x

    BTW I would piece it over papers.

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    I really like it....wonderful quilt...

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    Wow, it is absolutely beautiful Pam! The outside borders give it a shadowy affect (on the picture), and really makes the blocks stand out. You really have to be proud.

    I have the book "Big Book of Building Block Quilts" by Sara Nephew, but can't get enough nerve to try one. I envy everyone that can do these, they are so pretty!
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    Oh Wow!

    I love everything about it!


    On my long list of things to learn, tumbling blocks.


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    love it

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    Very nice thanks for sharing!.....:-)

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    You did an outstanding job!! The effects are just way to COOL!

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    that is soooo cool.

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    Wow!! I've never seen anything like it!! Great!!

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    WOW! Great job, looks wonderful!!!

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    Thanks for the nice comments. They are always appreciated. :D :D

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    That is a work of art, simply lovely :D

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    ooooooooooooooo pretty. great job!

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