DAYS ARE TUMBLING BY QUILT

DAYS ARE TUMBLING BY QUILT

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: https://indianaquilter40.com/scrappy-tumblers-quilt/ and https://indianaquilter40.com/flowers-tumblers-or-scraps-are-taking-over-my-world-part-3/ .

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″.

Summary:

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:

https://www.quilterscache.com/T/TumblersBlock.html

Happy Stitching.

clip art of girl with sewing machine.

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FLOWERS & TUMBLERS (or scraps are taking over my world) part 3

Quilt with tumblers, paper pieced flowers and flying geese border

Background of Flowers & Tumblers quilt:
FLOWERS & TUMBLERS (or scraps are taking over my world) part 3 – I have been trying to use only scraps to make quilts during 2019 and am making a dent in the two boxes of scraps. For this quilt I was inspired by a row quilt that I hand quilted for a customer this past summer and thought that some sort of row or section quilt would be fun. See previous posts:

https://indianaquilter40.com/flowers-tumblers-or-scraps-are-taking-over-my-world-part-1/

https://indianaquilter40.com/flowers-tumblers-or-scraps-are-taking-over-my-world-part-2/

Once the sections of tumblers and flowers were complete, I added 2.5″ strips of lightweight denim sashing around the sections. Now to come up with a border.

What to do about a final border? I decided on Flying Geese. So maybe I should change the name of the quilt from Flowers & Tumblers….No, I like the name. Anyway,   I wanted big geese so started with 9″ squares that I will mark down the center diagonally and then sew the foot width from each side of the line.  Those will be cut apart on the pencil line, turned and sewn together as geese.  The advantage of this method is that there is no stretchy side to deal with and they can be made any size.

I sewed 20 big geese blocks, but I wasn’t thinking about how each goose is 2 blocks so after sewing the geese together, I realized they were way too big (um….ever heard of measure twice and cut once?) so I just went thru the scrap bin again and pulled out scraps to cut 5″ squares that sewn together as geese will make 9.5″ geese (the correct width for this project).

How to make the flying geese for the border

I cut 5″ squares of white or cream muslin and cut 5″ squares of various scraps. Just FYI – making geese this way allows you to make the geese any size you want for any project.

Stack of muslin square and stack of scrap squares.
5″ squares

I drew a line from corner to corner on the light colored squares with a pencil. This line will allow me to sew a straight line beside it and use the marked line as the cutting line for a half square triangle (HST).

Square with pencil mark diagonally from corner to corner.
Sewing along beside the pencil mark in previous photo.

Below are the sewn blocks all ready to be cut apart and be ironed. I assembly line sew the geese all one way along the drawn line, and then sew them the other way. Here are the long line of blocks all sewn on both sides of the line.

5" blocks sewn on both sides of the drawn line.

Once I have sewn on both sides of the drawn line, then I cut the geese apart so they look like below. Now they are ready to be cut on the drawn line and ironed.

Half square triangles before being cut apart.

See below that the blocks are ironed and stacked by twos so I can match them and complete the “geese”.

Ironed half square triangles.

Here are two sewn geese. They are ironed and ready to go into a row.

2 matching HST sewn together and ironed.
The 2 matching HST sewn together and ironed. Now to sew all the geese into rows.

I sewed the geese together in pairs of 2, then those into pairs of 4, etc until I had the border the length I wanted.

Pile of "geese" ready to sew together into a row of "geese"

And that is how I make HST geese. It is time consumptive and I have no doubt others have methods that work just as well for them, but this is what works for me.

I came up a few geese short so I added white fabric to the borders to take up that space. I just wanted to be done with this quilt and move on to another one. Who says that the geese actually have to go all the way around the quilt border anyway?

Here is the PDF pattern for the exact size tumbler and hexagon I used:

I did some of this quilt while on a quilt retreat in northern Maine, see here for post about that:

https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2019/09/returned-from-trip-and-ready-to-go-again.html


What about the other Flying Geese blocks that were too big?


As for the blocks that are now complete but too big for this project, they are in the shoe box with the left over tumblers from this quilt.  I believe the next scrap quilt is already started.  I am starting to visualize a whole bunch of section quilts to use up the scraps.

I am already planning……

So what happens once the scraps are under control? At that point, I get to make a planned quilt.  I have an idea for one that will be Christmas themed. On hand, I have a black and white Paris themed fabric and if I combine it with red and green Christmas prints, I can make a quilt dedicated to my trip to Paris at Christmas in 1985.  My mind is already wandering to other possibilities……..



FLOWERS & TUMBLERS (or scraps are taking over my world) – Part 2

This quilt, Flowers & Tumblers (or scraps are taking over my world), was started in July 2019 with the English paper pieced flowers.

My goal for this year is to make a dent in the scraps bins which have overflowed, plus figure out fun and different ways to use up leftover pieces from other quilts that I have made.

Here’s the previous post about this quilt: https://indianaquilter40.com/flowers-tumblers-or-scraps-are-taking-over-my-world-part-1/ .

Two flower sections completed laying flat.
Two completed flower sections

After completing the two sections of English pieced flowers, I did the tumbler sections. Many of the tumbler pieces were leftovers from another tumbler project (https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2017/07/tumblers-galore.html) that I made in 2017. Once the leftovers were sewn together, I had to cut more anyway. Well, a little more dent in the scrap bins.

The photo below is of two completed tumbler sections and one almost complete flower section. The sashing is not between them yet. I am liking how the sections look together. The leftover green rick rack makes a great vine.

Two tumbler sections and one flower section of the quilt.
I like the look of these sections together.

PDF pattern for flowers and tumblers. The flower will take 7 hexagons (1 center and 6 petals):

The top is together with light weight denim between and around the outside of the five sections. I like the look so far. I will complete it with Flying Geese blocks for the outside border. The top currently measures 72″ x 80″ and my goal is 92″ square.

Three tumbler sections, and two flower sections all sashed with denim.
This used lots of scraps !!!

There will be one more post on the final section of borders of Flying Geese in the next few days.

I encourage you to go through your scraps and just have fun combining them together. I really enjoyed doing this quilt in sections instead of blocks or the same repeating pattern. It has a totally different look than scrap quilts I have done in the past. I think this method may become addictive…

These are the posts on the previous blog about this quilt, please see:

https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2019/07/grandmas-flower-garden-or-take-along.html

https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2019/09/returned-from-trip-and-ready-to-go-again.html

FLOWERS & TUMBLERS (or scraps are taking over my world) – Part 1

Colorful scrap quilt that has sections of tumblers, English paper pieced flowers, and flying geese blocks.

This Flowers & Tumblers quilt looks great, but it did not start as a cohesive quilt idea. It started out as an exercise in frustration because the scraps had gotten out of hand and were taking over my world. I absolutely had to do something to stop the flood of scrap piles on the floor, on the shelves, and generally in my way.

On Jan. 1, 2019 I went thru every single piece of fabric on the shelves and put anything a quarter yard or less in a box (ok, it turned out to be two). Then I started cutting 3″ blocks, 2.5″ strips, and hexagons in two sizes. Each type went in plastic storage totes.

The leftovers from this went in a “crumb” tub to make string or crumb blocks at some point in the future.

Large tub full of colorful strips and odd shaped scraps for making string or crumb quilts.
This tub stays below the cutting table – the odd shapes and too small stuff for the sizes I normally cut go to live in here until I get a chance to make “crazy” blocks.

The hexagons went in bags that I drug around on my job travels. The smaller size “flowers” are being appliqued to plain muslin blocks. The larger ones shown here got used in the strips in the photos – and yes, there are several more waiting for me to get back to them.

Am I the only one who comes out with leftovers from most of my quilts? Honestly, I never thought I was that bad at math….

One English paper pieced flower in blues.
Several English paper pieced flowers in various colors laying on grass.
Two muslin strips with vines and paper pieced flowers appliqued down.
The vine is left over rick-rack and bias tape. Photo taken on dock at lake in Maine.

So these two strips of English paper pieced flowers were the starting point for this quilt. I made the flowers while at a family reunion in July. I don’t sit well with nothing in my hands, so these were easy to pick up and put down with all the visiting and conversations.

PDF pattern for flowers and tumblers. These are the exact size off the plastic pattern pieces I used (print off on 8″ x 10″ paper). The flower will take 7 hexagons (1 center and 6 petals):

Here is a link to my previous blog about the quilt shown here, and it gives a basic idea of how to do English paper piecing. I will get back to giving more info and better directions in a later post here for Flowers & Tumblers.

https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2019/07/grandmas-flower-garden-or-take-along.html

In the meantime, have a great time on your quilt projects. You have got this……

Clip art of girl sewing red quilt top.

Please comment fellow quilters – do you like English paper piecing? If so, what is your most used shape?