Do you love being home during the COVID-19 virus and having time to catch up on projects? Do you have trouble keeping track of exactly what day it is without the “normal” schedule of two months ago? I have really enjoyed the time at home working and having time to work on projects. Kind of the best of both worlds. But I do find that I have to pay attention to the calendar or my days blend together. Hence this quilt is named Days Are Tumbling By.

Sewing together the tumblers of Days Are Tumbling By Quilt:

The quilt started with the remainder of the cut tumblers left from these two quilts: and .

Here is the free pattern for the tumbler size I used:

I sewed the tumblers in rows of 35. The pink sashing between the rows of tumblers is 3″ wide by the length of the row.

The key to sewing tumblers is to sew them with quarter inch “tails” on each end. I just eyeball this. You can see this in the photo below.

Sewing two tumblers together.  Leave quarter inch "tail.

I sewed the tumblers in pairs of two, then pairs of four, then pairs of eight until I had the length already determined for my quilt. Using this method, I ended up adding one odd block to one end of the row, and a pair of tumblers to the other end. Obviously for your quilt adjust the length to suit yourself.

Remember that the rows have to be off-set a bit since in order to square up the row ends you will actually be loosing part of the last tumbler on each end. Practice a bit (and pin if needed) to get the tumblers and sashing sewn so that you have a straight edge once the part of the tumbler is cut off.

The sashing of Days Are Tumbling By Quilt:

Days Are Tumbling By Quilt.  Sashing between the rows of tumblers.
Center rows with solid pink sashing.

I decided to continue working strictly out of my scrap bins and stash to complete this quilt. I choose to work with pink as the sashing simply because I rarely work with pink. It is not my favorite color and I had 3 pieces that appeared to be solid or basically read as solid.

The sashing is 3″ wide. When I ran out of the pink solid for sashing, I started on a small pink geometric for sashing and used it as sashing for the final three rows on each side of the quilt. That way it looked planned, right?

The borders of Days Are Tumbling By Quilt:

The outside border, and two different pink sashings between the rows of tumblers.
The outside border, and two different pink sashings between the rows of tumblers.

I continued with the “sashing” as the border on the two sides (or top and bottom) of the top so that there is two borders on this quilt. The 3″ wide sashing was used for this “inside” border.

I then used the dark pink fabric for the outside border. It is cut 5″ wide.

To complete the top, give it a good pressing.

Finished size of top is 88″ x 88″.


This is how far the top got (about 3/4 of a twin) before I ran out of tumblers that were left over from the above two quilts. So I had to cut more to complete the top here.

Days Are Tumbling By Quilt top partially complete.

I find it is easiest to get a bunch of scraps out and cut them into sizes that I have bins set aside for (tumblers, 3″ squares, 2.5″ strips, and hexagons in two sizes) when I am in the mood to cut fabric. When I am in the mood to sew there is already some stuff cut that I can use.

Just FYI – if you are a scrap quilter and you find yourself using the same sizes over and over, make bins for those sizes. Keep some cut and always ready to go for when you are in the mood to just assembly line sew pieces together.

For more instructions to put together tumblers:

Happy Stitching.

clip art of girl with sewing machine.


Author: IndianaQuilter40

Made first quilt by myself in mid teens. Addicted to quilting. Love using simple quilt patterns and giving them a twist so they are my own....Live in central Indiana. Raised in Montana. Have traveled and worked all over US and in Germany. Certified medical coder, HIM manager, and medical record auditor. Married for 30+ years to a wonderful guy who likes my quilts. We have grown children and starting on grand-kids.

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