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    Default Tumbler quilt help?

    I have started this tumbler quilt. Have not sewn the rows together yet. Number one problem is I think it's too small. I am going to do a few elephant appliqués on it. I also think it is too busy. I have some solid pale pink and a dark purple and of course there's always white. Some thoughts I have had are, just border to enlarge, add rows of the pink and purple(either strips or tumblers) or take apart a few and add pink and purple throughout or add white tumblers.
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    Default Re: Tumbler quilt help?

    What is the size right now? The smallest quilt I have made is 44" square.
    If you feel that it is too busy (I think it looks cute - love the dots fabric. I bought that same FQ bundle on DD months ago.), why would you want to add elephant applique?
    And in the case you do want to enlarge it, I suggest adding tumblers of solid colors in between. I would skip the borders.

    I am sure you will be getting more suggestions soon :-)

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    Default Re: Tumbler quilt help?

    Quote Originally Posted by Preeti View Post
    What is the size right now? The smallest quilt I have made is 44" square.
    If you feel that it is too busy (I think it looks cute - love the dots fabric. I bought that same FQ bundle on DD months ago.), why would you want to add elephant applique?
    And in the case you do want to enlarge it, I suggest adding tumblers of solid colors in between. I would skip the borders.

    I am sure you will be getting more suggestions soon :-)
    I like Preeti's idea. Make those solid tumblers the small ones. I saw one of Jenny's tumbler quilts where she alternated two rows of medium tumblers with two rows of mini tumblers. Looked really good.
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    Default Re: Tumbler quilt help?

    Quote Originally Posted by Preeti View Post
    What is the size right now? The smallest quilt I have made is 44" square.
    If you feel that it is too busy (I think it looks cute - love the dots fabric. I bought that same FQ bundle on DD months ago.), why would you want to add elephant applique?
    And in the case you do want to enlarge it, I suggest adding tumblers of solid colors in between. I would skip the borders.

    I am sure you will be getting more suggestions soon :-)
    I agree with Preeti. I think solid tumblers in between might make it seem a little less busy and then your appliques won't be fighting for attention. And I think I would use solid tumblers in between in a lighter color. It really is cute material. Can't wait to see the finished quilt!
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    Default Re: Tumbler quilt help?

    If I sewed the rows together it would be about 28x40. Yes, it was a dd and the fabric was 5-1/2" wide. I used the 5" tumbler and extended it. I like the idea of making smaller ones but I really need it wider. The elephants are an idea from a craftsy pattern. Charming Pachyderms ... by Lettyb | Quilting Pattern.
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    I can see why you want to add those elephants - they are too cute :-)
    However, that quilt on Craftsy has so many white and beige plain looking tumblers it really needs those elephants to perk it up!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by vchale View Post
    If I sewed the rows together it would be about 28x40. Yes, it was a dd and the fabric was 5-1/2" wide. I used the 5" tumbler and extended it. I like the idea of making smaller ones but I really need it wider. The elephants are an idea from a craftsy pattern. Charming Pachyderms ... by Lettyb | Quilting Pattern.

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    Default Re: Tumbler quilt help?

    Put a 2" white border around then make smaller tumblers out of solids to frame it out.
    Since you're always on my mind can you straighten out the mess up there?

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    I LOVE the elephants! But I would have left out the dark squares and kept it light and made the elephants from a darker fabric.
    "She who dies with the most fabric wins"

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    Thanks for all the help. I will probably just make this one larger and do another one in the future with the elephants. Now I see why she used so much cream in her quilt. I will have to remember that.
    Vernona

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    Default Re: Tumbler quilt help?

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    Just finished this a few weeks back. I added two borders.

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