Wednesday, March 25, 2009

tumbler details......


SO lots questions about this quilt! It was, I think, the first bom offered from Pinwheels. I'm not sure how I found them, but they are at our quilt show every year. Bad news...it's about 3 years old maybe more. I do know that their fabulous 3rd bom "Cabin Fever"quilt is still being offered on their site. I didn't order that one since I hadn't finished this one and I only did 2 months of the 2nd one called Ping! I don't see any pattern offered on the site and I know they have some. I have another one made from scraps. SO give them a call and ask them about this quilt or about offering the pattern.

I actually love this quilt so I'm not sure why it sat for 3 years before getting done. I loved doing all the blocks and getting to do all sorts of patterns. They sell the acrylic template on the site and this one is about 12 inches. They also have a 7" and a tiny one.

Melanie asked about cutting the blocks. YES, you trim them to the correct size using the template, I kept mine uncut until now, just trimming them before I've sewn the rows together. They've been hanging from the wide end on skirt hangers for the whole time. I have most of the close-up block shots in my flickr album. Just click on the flickr box in the left column and go to the In Progress Set.

Also important.... I learned a trick quickly. When I first got the blocks I did exactly what they said to do and made my big square/rectangle. Then I started the second block and looked at the picture and wondered how they got the hourglass blocks centered?

Look at the dark hourglass block on the right..that was the first block. I realized I was going to cut all that extra fabric in the top corners. So the lighter hourglass above is the result of laying down the template and sewing just enough to extend past the template by 1/2" or so. As a result...I have 3 BIG ziplock bags of left over fabric for other projects!! They sent extra anyway, but I got LOTS left over and at $13 a yard, that's good!

9 comments:

MJinMichigan said...

Judy I LOVE that quilt. I just talked to Maria, the designer at Pinwheels, and found out that she is considering doing a new kit for it this fall if there is enough interest. I wanted to do it when it forst came out but was too busy so I passed but now wish I had bought it and saved it till I had time for it.
I finished the Cabin Fever top last week and love it.

Quilt Hollow said...

What are the chances of my seeing same quilt in same day? Have a look! http://thecalicocat.blogspot.com/

Love it!!

Carol said...

Judy it is just spectacular!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

What a great quilt Judy. I love the colors.

Angel said...

I have had Topsy Turvy "simmering" ever since it came out. I have 3 blocks done. I found your blog searching the web for others that have been working on it. It doesn't seem that there are a lot of people online posting about this great quilt. I've been lurking for some time and I just wanted to say that seeing yours has motivated me to get back to work on mine. Your work (all of your work) is beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Keep up the good work!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Gosh has it been 3 years already that I"ve been drooling over this! WOW! Time flies!

Janet said...

It's really stunning and so interesting as a design. That's really small piecing by the look of it.

Wendy K said...

Love the colours of your quilt...such beautiful work!

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