I consider myself a Jack-of-all-Trades when it comes to fabric—a little sewing, a little quilting, and some embroidery thrown in for good measure. I’ve dabbled in it all. So when someone says to me, “Oh, I watch Sewing With Nancy but I’m a quilter, don’t do so many sewing shows.” My response is that in two more episodes, I’ll have another topic. Or those of you who are sewists—I love that term, it sure beats sewer, especially when the accent is on the wrong place—tell me you don’t like to quilt. I give the same advice. Just wait, the topic will change in just two weeks.

Lately I decided that I should give another response, “Have you ever tried quilting or have you tried traditional sewing?” I think non-quilters or non-sewists might be surprised. Case in point, a Tumbler quilt. For non-quilters this might be an excellent first project. It’s a simple design and the blocks can be supersized, up to 10” in length. It’s an ideal non-quilter’s first project since the stitching is streamline—the results are fast.

Lap Quilt featuring 10" Tumbler Blocks

Last week I introduced the Trace ‘n Create Grandmother’s One-Patch Quilting Templates at the International Quilt Market in Salt Lake City, UT—a market for retailers. The response was so positive. It’s a product that I designed for Clover, the third in a series of quilt templates. This template set features two traditional 1930’s—1940’s template designs sewn in a non-traditional way. Either traditional or super-sized, the template streamlines the process.

Faux-Hexagon and Tumbler Templates

The Tumbler design can be made in any of the four sizes: 4”, 6”, 8”, and 10”. For speed, I like the 10”. The featured lap quilt was made using the large 10” Tumbler pieces. I selected the large size since this super-sized patchwork can easily showcase fabrics with large prints.  Here’s how it works:

•          The four size options are dye-cut within the plastic template. The photo shows the Tumbler, plus the Finishing Piece sizes. Thes end pieces allow the quilt top be to square at the corners.

Tumbler size options

•          Printed on the template is the strip width to cut for each size.

•          Stack several cut strips of fabric. Begin by aligning the dye-cut area of the Finishing Piece at the narrow end of the strip. Trace along the dye-cut area; in this case I’m using the largest size so the tracing is at the edge of the template.

•          Flip the template, align the traced edge with the template size and trace the other side of the Tumbler shape. Repeat the process until the entire fabric strip has been marked.

•          Align a ruler at each traced line; cut with a rotary cutter. Remember, you can cut numerous layers at once.

•          Layout the rows, starting and ending with a Finishing Piece.

•          Pin the coordinating pieces of a row together. Offset the end ¼”—the seam allowance with. Stitch. Repeat for each row.

•          Finally, stitch the rows into a quilt top. Simple as that!

In the guide sheet that accompanies the Grandmother’s One-Patch Templates, you’ll find other creative layout options, including my favorite sashed version.

Would you like to be one of the first to have a the Trace ‘n Create Template Set—Grandmother’s One Patch Collection? Post your favorite traditional quilt design and why you like it. We’ll choose a random winner and post it on next Friday’s blog.

In the near future, I’ll feature a project created with the faux-hexagon—the other template included in this set. Oh the suspense!

Remember, you can watch the most current Sewing With Nancy episodes online, 24/7.

Bye for now,

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