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    Applique Angel

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    Default Tumbler blocks are tricky!

    I'm making my third baby quilt using the 5" tumbler template on a charm pack. I laid out all my squares until I found a grid (6X7) that worked. I made stacks of each row then thought I was being clever by turning every other square upside down to accommodate for final orientation of each individual block so I could stack and whack them. That part worked just fine. BUT, when I got to the second row (and all even rows in general) I should have turned that whole stack on its head because you flip each tumbler to be a mirror image of the one above it in the previous row. I have some directional fabric (little tiny hearts) which now will be upside down on all the even rows. I'm also sashing the blocks, chain piecing them as I go, just one row at a time. I already had to rip out all the even ones as I forgot to flip them so that they alternate. This is way too confusing! At least I knew enough not to sash the very last one in each row. I will square up the two sides of the tumblers when they are all sewn together and then double border the top.

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    Missouri Star

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    Default Re: Tumbler blocks are tricky!

    I always just cut my tumblers out before I do the layout, as it really doesn't bother me that some of the prints may be upside down or sideways, but I understand that some people are really bothered by this.

    Looking forward to seeing your quilt when it is all put together.

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    Missouri Star

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    Default Re: Tumbler blocks are tricky!

    The tumbler is on my to-do list. Thanks for the warning, it's good to know, some patterns look easier than they really are to put together!

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    Applique Angel

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    Default Re: Tumbler blocks are tricky!

    It's kind of like that "dancing backwards and in heels" Ginger Rogers' quote! I'm not OCD, but I try to make everything as perfect as I can. I'm sure it's no big thing, and 99% of people wouldn't even spot it on the finished quilt. I've noticed that my tumblers aren't lining up perfectly on the top and bottoms; not sure if I should trim them before sashing or just try to adjust as I go along. What is the rule of thumb? 1/16" or less?

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