2015 Adventure Quilt Block of the Month #11

BlockOfTheMonth Tumbler NancyZieman Watermarked

2015 Adventure Quilt Block of the Month #11

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BlockOfTheMonth Tumbler NancyZieman WatermarkedNovember’s Block of the Month in The 2015 Adventure Quilt is the Tumbler Block. To create the 12″ finished Tumbler Block, I used the Tumbler Template  from Clover’s Trace N Create Grandmother’s One Patch Template Collection. This template also includes the half-tumbler shape to finish the ends of each row.

Block #11: Tumbler

All blocks in The 2015 Adventure Quilt measure 12-1/2″ x 12-1/2″, creating a 12″x 12″ finished block. 1/4″ seam allowances are included.

Notions, Fabrics, and Supplies:

Get started by choosing fabrics. Any three color combinations will work. I had a surplus of black, white, and chartreuse green in my quilting fabric scraps. If you’ve been following along, you know that this Block of the Month series is a scrap fabric adventure.

2a Choose Fabrics copy

  • Assorted Fabric Scraps
  • Grandmother’s One Patch Template
  • Fine Tip Non-Permanent Marking Pen

Grandmother's One Patch Template: Tumbler Block by Nancy Zieman

Cut Fabrics

Cut at total of 12 tumbler patches.
Cut a total of six half-tumbler row end patches. 

  • Cut rows 4-1/2″ wide x width of fabric. By using the width of fabric, we’ll create enough tumblers for two blocks.
  • Align the template close to the cut end to trace a half-tumbler first.
  • Trace along the straight and diagonal edges.
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  • Flip the template, align the traced edge with the template side, and trace the other side of the Tumbler shape. Repeat the process until the entire fabric strip has been marked.

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  • Use a rotary cutter and ruler to cut on each marked line.
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  • Repeat marking and cutting steps for each color.

Create the Patchwork

  • Arrange the 12 tumblers into three rows.
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Note from Nancy: Notice the ends are staggered. We’ll be cutting our stocking shape from this modified tumbler block; having squared ends isn’t necessary.
  • Pin tumbler pairs together.
  • Offset the end ¼″—the seam allowance width. Stitch.
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  • Join the block pairs with 1/4″ seam allowances.
  • Press seam allowances open.
  • Join pairs to form rows.

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  • Join rows using 1/4″ seam allowances.
  • Press seam allowances open.
BlockOfTheMonth Tumbler NancyZieman 9The block is complete!

BlockOfTheMonth Tumbler NancyZieman WatermarkedWith each block of the month, I have created two blocks. Let me share with you my second block in the coordinating fabrics. It is stitched the same way as the first.
  • Arrange tumblers.
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  • Match right sides; offset 1/4″; join with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
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  • Press seam allowances open.
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  • Join pairs to form rows.
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  • Join rows using 1/4″ seam allowances.
  • Press seam allowances open.
BlockOfTheMonth Tumbler NancyZieman 14The second block is complete!
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Share your 2015 Adventure Quilt Blocks Socially

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 If you are on social sites, let all your friends know you are working on The 2015 Adventure Quilt Blocks by tagging your post with the hashtag: #NZBoM.

The hashtag is a searchable “word” associated with an event or activity, which when searched on popular social websites, like Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, and Facebook, will show every single post using that hashtag. Hashtags are a fun way to network and connect with people who share similar interests.

What would a Quilt Look Like?

As part of this Block of the Month series, included are ideas of what a quilt might look like if you made it with only this month’s block. The tumbler block by itself was tricky to work into a single-block-quilt design.

  • You caught me. This is a one-patch quilt using the tumbler patch, but not exactly using the Tumbler Block (above). I wanted to show an updated, contemporary version of a traditional Tumbler Quilt design.
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  • This quilt features the Tumbler Block arranged in a 5 x 7 grid. You’ll notice the row’s end pieces join together to create a new shape when the blocks meet.
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  • The following quilt uses bold black sashing to frame each Tumbler Block in its own space. The quilt is also arranged on a 5″ x 7″ grid.
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Here’s another use for the tumbler template: Create a Christmas Stocking and join my 2015 Christmas Stocking Sewing ChallengeStocking Sewing Challenge Inspiration Pattern by Nancy Zieman | Pellon | Silk Christmas Stocking

Watch Grandmother’s One Patch (Part One and Part Twoon Sewing With Nancy online.

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Don’t Miss the Other 2015 Adventure Quilt Block of the Month Features

In the 2015 Adventure Quilt Block of the Month series, we’ll be making twelve fun blocks from five different templates/tools: Carefree Curves TemplateDresden TemplateGrandmother’s One Patch TemplateLone Star Template, and the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge.

See all the 2015 Adventure Quilt Blocks HERE.


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1 Comment

  • Ruthie Peterburg
    December 19, 2015

    Thank you Nancy for this year of blocks and lots of advice.
    I thoroughly enjoyed it all.
    Warm hugs,

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