Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Another Long-Term Project

In July, 2015, Bonnie Hunter introduced her "Leader/Ender" 2015 Challenge--Tumblers.  I didn't think I would be a fan of this project but I was curious as to how she would easily cut the pieces.

 See How She Does It Here!  I thought that was pretty cool so I zipped off to the store to get my Dresden Plate EZ Tool and started cutting 2.5" strips and squares.  You can make them larger if you want to cover a bed faster.

This project has been sitting by my machine since early July and now I have 13 rows together.  No rush, it gets done while working on other things.  I think of it as "saving thread" and making a "free" quilt.  I'll be teaching the Leader/Ender process this winter at Patches & Stitches--I'm always surprised to learn how  many people aren't familiar with concept.

This is another one of those quilts I would not enjoy making to the exclusion of all else--it would just get to be boring for me.  But this way, I can see progress without getting burnt out.

And, no, I don't try to plan any of the colors--just alternate light and dark pieces.  Can you see the "oops" areas?  In the top photo there are the same 3 green tumblers at the top center--didn't plan that but I'm not changing it either.

Would it drive you nuts to have 2 of the exact same fabrics on top of each other?  Yeah, me, too, BUT I'm not changing it.  Considering how hard it was to find this to photograph, I'm betting when the whole top is together this will be very hard to find.  It happened because I used this fuchsia print as a dark in one row and as a light in another row.  Oh, well, things happen..  One hundred years from now someone will be certain I did this on purpose to prove I'm not perfect--right!?

I'm liking how this is coming along.  Glad I jumped in on this one.

Let's Quilt!



  1. I love your attitude, Barbara. Yes, it would drive me crazy, but I am hoping that, like you, I would be able to leave it be and move ahead. This will be another glorious long-term project. Those are starting to stack up at your place. : )

  2. Yes, I love your attitude also! I would leave it. I'm doing the tumbler quilt too. I'm Han piecing mine and I have eight rows done. Trying for a queen size quilt, we'll see. Hugs,

  3. I have started cutting the pieces for a tumbler quilt--it has a long journey to becoming a quilt

  4. I'd definitely leave it, but I'd keep looking at it until it just faded into the thousands of other tumblers. It will probably happen again. Oh, well.

  5. I love it! I'd leave the two fabrics together too- no question about it!

  6. First tine visiting your blog...enjoying the beautiful quilts. Like you, my long term project is Bonnie Hunter's Tumbler quilt... :)