New project: a Tumbler quilt

I’ve wanted to make a Tumbler quilt for some time. If you’re unfamiliar with that name, a tumbler quilt is made up of blocks that resemble a drinking glass. It’s a classic quilt layout that can take on a traditional or contemporary feeling depending on the fabrics selected. It’s also a terrific quilt pattern for busting your stash, which is exactly what I did this weekend. I pulled some of my favorite Moda leftovers and began cutting tumblers. Aren’t they cute?

I’m sure there are many patterns and templates available for sewing a Tumbler quilt.  I selected the “Crumbler” ruler by Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company.  Carrie’s ruler comes with a very detailed pattern packet.  Not only does it describe how to use the ruler and sew the Tumblers together, it provides fabric requirement guidelines, different Tumbler layout options, pressing instructions and other tips and tricks. I ordered mine from Fat Quarter Shop a while back.  I see there is also a Lil’ Crumbler (mini) ruler available. I may need to add that to my Christmas list!

I decided to cut 3 1/2” tall tumblers from a pretty stash of pink, taupe, black and creamy white fabrics. I believe I pulled from eight fabric collections representing six different Moda designers. Prints by Lella Boutique (Farmer\’s Daughter and Olive\’s Flower Market) are predominant, but you will also see prints from Fig Tree & Company, Corey Yoder, Bonnie & Camille, 3 Sisters and Sweetwater. This little text print is from Bonnie & Camille\’s Handmade collection.
Some of my stash fabrics were fat quarters, some were 10” squares left over from layer cakes, and others were odd sizes. No matter the original size, I simply cut a 3 1/2” strip and then cut 3 1/2” tumblers from that strip.

Since I was just playing and not quite sure what final quilt size I desired, I didn’t worry about overall quantity or quantity per color. Some of my pink pieces generated several tumblers; others only generated five or six tumblers. It was the same for the other colors. But that process was very freeing and quite fun. Simply pull fabrics you love and begin cutting. I did sew a few tumblers together so you could see how darn cute they are. The seams nest so nicely that matching points was a breeze!

I’ll be sure to check back in with you when I get farther along.  Many of us save every scrap, every morsel of fabric. A tumbler quilt is a great way to put them to good use.

I did complete one small project on Sunday afternoon, a zipped pouch for a sweet college girl I know. It appears that the pink, taupe and black color palette totally inspired me this weekend. I forgot how much I enjoyed whipping together a zipped pouch. For more information on that, you may want to visit my blog post from 2015 when I went a little Coin Purse Crazy!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. Now go and get carried away quilting!


9 thoughts on “New project: a Tumbler quilt

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