Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Tiny Tumble - Leader/Ender???

I had a fabulous time at "Quilt Camp North" on the weekend.  Deanna and I are the biggest Bonnie Hunter fans, and Bonnie's leader-ender project this year is a tumbler quilt
Of course we wanted to start one, but a) we both have gazillions of UFOs and shouldn't start a new project, and b) neither one of us had a tumbler ruler. We talked about how we don't like to purchase a ruler only to use it for one project. Deanna searched around in her sewing room, and found a ruler we could use to cut tumblers. It's called a "squedge" ruler. I cut some 1.5" strips and this ruler worked perfectly to cut out the tumbler shapes. 

The pieces were sooooo cute that I decided to make a "mini tumble".
It was irresistible!
I sewed a couple of tumblers as a leader/ender, and then ditched my main projects, and only worked on the tumbler until it was finished. 

Here is the finished top with 108 tumblers!


27 comments:

  1. That is super cute! I'd never thought of making tiny tumblers like this, but now I want to start!

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  2. It's great! I always prefer to use smaller pieces when I quilt - not that I'm very good at it but I like the look more than giant pieces. A mini tumbler is adorable!

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  3. You are very easily led astray! How is the quilt vortex quilt coming along????

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  4. It is so sweet! Great use of the ruler!

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  5. Love, love, love the mini tumblers! I've been wanting to do a tumbler quilt for the longest time (long before Bonnie decided to make tumblers her L&E project) but I don't have a tumbler ruler (nor any quilt that could be used to cut tumblers) so I decided to put the price of a specialty ruler toward the price of a tumbler die. It won't be a mini tumbler like I'd prefer, but it'll be perfect nonetheless. In fact, my die should be arriving today!

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  6. Just adorable mini tumbler piece...hugs, Julierose

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  7. "...and then ditched my main projects, and only worked on the tumbler until it was finished..."

    HAHAHAHA!!! Love it, Kathy! Way to go full-speed-ahead with inspiration! Chuck the rules aside and QUILT :D

    Great, adorable, finish!

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  8. Love it when leader and ender projects demand to be finished. So gosh darn adorable. I just love it.

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  9. I made a queen size tumblers last year and finished it up this year and in the process of quilting it right now. When I saw Bonnie's - I thought well I am already done with mine I will watch everyone else do theirs now.

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  10. They are so sweet! Are you going to leave them like this or are you going to add more tumblers and make a big quilt? Either way, she is lovely.

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  11. They are so cute. Are you going to do another one now as your leader and Enders.
    I can't wait to start mine

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  12. So beautiful.These were calling you!!

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  13. When I saw that first photo of tiny tumblers in your hand, I wondered if you had been able to wait and actually use it for L/Es. *LOL* Now what?
    It is a very sweet little quilt.
    BTW, I have tumbler templates in 5 sizes, and have made multiple tumbler projects--from queen size to mini. Are you sure you don't need at least one? : )

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  14. Isn't Bonnie using a wedge ruler for her tumblers? I have a small container of 3.5" tumblers but your tiny ones are pretty cute! You put those together like one obsessed, *wink*

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  15. Got mine cut and put together in no time while I was sewing the rows of my quilt top. Then yesterday while shop hopping...I decided to buy a few fat 1/4's to make it larger. So last night I took my rows apart and I am going to make the tumbler larger!! Another UFO started...YOU ARE A BAD INFLUENCE!!!

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  16. I love tiny!! Aren't these just sweet - well done.

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  17. Isn't it hilarious how one inspirational spark can totally derail all our projects in process? LOL!!! Love your little tumblers! I can certainly understand the ruler dilemma. Like most quilters I have far more than I really need - and quite a few I bought spur of the moment and have never used.

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  18. I love Bonnie's quilt cam's a lot too! Love your leader /ender became your retreat project with a finish though :) Kathi

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  19. Funny how that works : ) . I did the same thing not to long ago with a leader ender project. It is almost finished and my other projects were left to linger once again. They look like little thimbles. Janita

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  20. squeal!! that's SEW cute, now how big is this charming thing? isn't it funny, how a leader and ender ends up as the main project, then the main sort of ends up as your leader and ender. LOL

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  21. So cute! You made me laugh as we've all done it...started off with a leader and ended and then become so obsessed we don't do anything else!

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  22. Love those! They are so tiny!
    -Kristie

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  23. Wow, so tiny!. I love those fussy cat kitties peaking out of a few of the tumblers. Very cute!

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    1. such small ones a lovely mini quilt

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