Tumbling Blocks Quilt – Work in Progress
I’ve always wanted to tackle a tumbling blocks quilt, but two things stopped me: ‘Y’ seams and cutting all those diamonds.
I wanted the 3D effect for my blocks. The top diamond is light, the lower right diamond is medium and the lower left one is the darkest. I had a blast auditioning fabrics from my stash and found several prints I didn’t even remember having that I can use for other projects.
I’m in love with this block. It goes together so fast and ‘Y’ seams are nothing to be afraid of. Sew 1/4″ seams, start 1/4″ from the beginning and stop 1/4″ from the end. At first I was marking dots on the fabric, but once I got into it, I just eyeballed it.
My GO! Baby really made simple work of it. I cut the recommended 6 layers at a time.
4″ Diamond Die Dimensions
It’s called a 4″ diamond die. Each unfinished side of the diamond is 4″. The actual cutting pad (dark foam portion) is 3-1/2″ wide and 10″ long. So I made sure my fabric was at least 4″ x 10.5″ at the very least.
It’s an absolute must to iron the fabric before cutting. Get all the wrinkles smoothed out. I also hit it with some heavy spray starch to stiffen it up. That worked out really well. It kept the fabric from stretching.
I haven’t decided how big I’m going to make this quilt. I was thinking about a lay on the couch TV-watching throw size. Click on the image for a close-up view.