Tumblers Basic Quilt Shape

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Welcome back to another post in our Quilting Shapes series! Today we’re talking tumblers – the tumbler is basically a trapezoid; it’s a rectangle with one short end being narrower than the other.

Explore different sewing patterns for stitching tumblers together. The Sewing Loft

Making Tumbler Quilt Shapes

In order to create tumbler shapes out of fabric, there are several options available:

 

Options for Sewing Tumblers

 

  • Sew several tumblers side-by-side to make rows of fabric.

Explore different sewing patterns for stitching tumblers together. The Sewing Loft

  • Sew the tumblers end-to-end (narrow ends together, then wide ends together) to make columns of fabric.

Explore different sewing patterns for stitching tumblers together. The Sewing Loft

In either case, the tumbler takes the concept of patchwork up a notch, with a shape that’s more interesting than a square but not that much more difficult to combine to make a quilt top (or anything else you can stitch up!).

The tumblers is a perfect shape for English Paper Piecing. Free book cover pattern by The Sewing Loft

Do you have any questions or tips about using tumbler shapes in your quilting projects? Share them with us in the comments below!

 

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Comments

  1. Making my first quilt and chose a tumbler. Problem is getting the rows to match up. Trying to sew consistent size seams but just can’t seem to get it right. Any suggestions?

    • Hello Ann,
      The first thing I would double check is your seam allowance. It is so important that you are achieving an accurate 1/4″ seam allowance. I would do a quick test and be sure to turn off the machine and check a few times for accuracy. Another point worth checking is cutting. It is easy to have the one cut piece be slightly smaller or larger than the next.
      ~Heather