Quick Column Quilts by Nancy Zieman Tumbling Tumblers



Take a recognizable tumbler quilt design and turn it on its side. Combine several sizes of tumbler shapes and presto, you have a modern quilt design that breaks most sewing rules. This week’s Sewing With Nancy features two traditional quilt designs that are sewn in columns, not rows. Plus the piecing is super-simple. This is the second episode of Quick Column Quilts. I hope you’ll enjoy creating your next quilt with the Grandmother’s One Patch Template, create hexagon designs with ease. Watch online by clicking here.

Tumbling Tumblers Quilt

The first quilt of this episode is called Tumbling Tumblers. Transform a design, traditional to modern, with a simple turn of the design.


Quick Column Quilts by Nancy Zieman



  • The tumbler template from the Trace ‘n Create Grandmother’s One Patch Template is used to create this quilt design. There are four sizes of tumbler shapes—4″, 6″, 8″, and 10″ in one template. All four sizes are traced on the fabric and then cut, using a ruler, rotary cutter, and mat.


Quick Column Quilts by Nancy Zieman with Grandmother's One-Patch Quilt Template



  • The tumbler shapes are stitched together using traditional quilting techniques.


Quick Column Quilts by Nancy Zieman with Grandmother's One-Patch Quilt Template



  • Multiple background colored tumbler shapes are sewn together to add negative space to the design. Negative space is the new buzz word in quilting, and it references the space around the quilt design, not the design itself, which forms an interesting or artistic look.


Quick Column Quilts by Nancy Zieman with Grandmother's One-Patch Quilt Template



You can see how the rest of the quilt is created while watching the TV show or see all the dimensions detailed in the book, Quick Column Quilts.


Quick Column Quilts by Nancy Zieman



Hit and Miss Table Runner

At first glance, hexagon shapes cause many quilters to think, Oh no, the dreaded Y-seam! Not so with this speedy column quilt design. The hexagon shapes are created with two halves, eliminating the intersection of three seams, otherwise known as Y-seams. With this technique, faux hexagon halves are stitched in columns with relative speed and ease. Plus, the results are dramatic.


Quick Column Quilts by Nancy Zieman with Grandmother's One-Patch Quilt Template




Quick Column Quilts by Nancy Zieman with Grandmother's One-Patch Quilt Template



  • Four fabrics are traced and cut from the faux hexagons, plus the background fabric, which again creates the negative space design element. This photo was taken during my design process. Notice my design sketch—elementary!


Quick Column Quilts by Nancy Zieman with Grandmother's One-Patch Quilt Template



  • The faux hexagons are sewn together with straight seams. No Y-seams in this column quilt project.


Quick Column Quilts by Nancy Zieman with Grandmother's One-Patch Quilt Template



  • Columns are created.


Quick Column Quilts by Nancy Zieman with Grandmother's One-Patch Quilt Template



  • Then, the columns are sewn together. That’s it—all straight seaming.


Quick Column Quilts by Nancy Zieman with Grandmother's One-Patch Quilt Template



Full details, including the yardage, are in Quick Column Quilts.


Quick Column Quilts by Nancy Zieman



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For a chance to win a copy of the book, Quick Column Quilts, compliments of F+W Media, please let me know which of these quilts is your favorite by leaving a comment below.


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