Quick Column Quilts by Nancy Zieman Tumbling Tumblers



It’s time for our second Sewing With Nancy TV episode of Quilt Column Quilts. If you missed the first episode, watch online by clicking here. During this show, see two quilt concepts that cast aside traditional quilting methods, while receiving rave reviews!

Tumbling Tumblers Quilt

The first quilt of this episode is called Tumbling Tumblers. Generally, tumbler shapes are sewn in rows. Not this time! Rotate the shapes 90 degrees to create columns, not rows. Turn what was a traditional quilt pattern into a modern 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



Blog Tour Hosts

To showcase my new book, Quick Column Quilts, and the companion TV series, you’ll be able to take a tour through the book via a Blog Tour. I’m pleased to announce that 27 bloggers have featured various projects or techniques. Please follow along!

Blog Tour Stops

To showcase my new book,  Quick Column Quilts, and the companion TV series, you’ll be able to take a tour through the book via a Blog Tour. I’m pleased to announce that 27 bloggers have featured various projects or techniques. Please follow along!

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