I made the pieced tumblers by sewing together 5” lengths of Lavish, Island Batik (not an affiliate link) 2.5” strips. You will need (20) 2.5" by 5" rectangles in various fabrics. I used 10 darks, 10 lights. I placed the darker fabric at the bottom of the tumbler and pressed seams toward the dark. See photos below.
Then I placed the seam at an angle (dark fabric at the bottom of the tumbler) on the die and cut the tumblers using my Accuquilt cutter and 3.5” tumbler die (#55015). The background tumblers were cut from Island Batik's California Creamery charm pack. I varied the angle slightly for variety and made sure that different tumblers sloshed in one of the two directions. See photos below.
After cutting 10 sloshy tumblers and 18 background tumblers, I arranged them so that the sloshy tumblers were wide side up and that the background tumblers were between the sloshy tumblers. I added four background tumblers on each side as well. These will be used to square the block to 12.5" later. When I was pleased with the arrangement, I sewed the tumblers in rows. The odd row seams were pressed to the right. The even row seams were pressed to the left. This assured that the seams would lock when the rows were sewn together. Sew photos below.
Then I sewed the rows together. Seams should lock. Seams were pressed toward the bottom of the block. Then, using my 12.5" Quilt in a Day Square Up ruler, I squared the block to 12.5". See the completed block below.
I really enjoyed making this block because I was able to use my Tumbler Die in a new way.
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I am a quilter who is starting a new adventure. After retiring in May 2016, I became a certified Quilt in a Day Instructor. I am certified to teach workshops using Quilt in a Day patterns and techniques. In addition, I am designing my own quilt patterns.
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