A Friday Finish: My Tumbler Quilt

It’s finished.  It took longer to work on that zig-zaggy border edge but it’s done!!  Ya-hoo.  Another UFO bites the dust.

This is my third UFO finish for the year.

I have gotten lots of questions about my tumbler quilt ever since I posted that I was working on this.  I hope I can answer all of the and provide the links that were asked for here.

I started this several years ago back when I had my Accuquilt Go.  I cut the tumblers with my using it.  I was really nervous that I wouldn’t have enough tumblers right up to the end.  If you aren’t familiar with tumbler quilts, each tumbler shape is not created the same.  I had bought this tumbler ruler thinking if I ran out, I could use it.

Well it has a slightly different angle so it wouldn’t work.  So slowly, I worked my way through knowing that I could always cut them the old fashion way if necessary. I did use it make this mini tumbler project though.   You can find the One-derful One-patch Templates Tumbler Ruler on Amazon by following the link.

My version is 92″ x 97″.  There are 39 tumbler blocks in a row and there are 39 rows.  If I had to do it over again, I would have an even number of rows.  As is one edge of the quilt goes out…one edge goes in.  So if my math is correct, there are 1287 tumblers in the quilt.  For the most part, I did an alternating light and dark pattern.  I did interchange the pink, light yellow and light green pieces allowing them to be either dark or light.


I used a tan thread on the top and a variegated thread on the back.  When I use a solid colored backing, I really like to use a variegated thread on the back to jazz it up a bit.  The backing is flannel.  It was in my stash and I wanted to use it up.  The quilting pattern is a swirl with a hook.  I got a copy of Angela Waters new book, Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters: Choose & Use Quilting Designs on Modern Quilts and this was one of the designs in it.

I am noticing that everything is sticking to that flannel backing…UGH.

After doing some checking, I did find out that this template is the same size and angle.  Here is an Amazon link for the template, One Patch Template Twisted Tumbler.

If you are just wanting to start a tumbler quilt and are looking for a template, I would recommend getting the first ruler instead of this template as you can cut many different sizes with it.  If you are trying to match the Accuquilt template, I recommend this template.  Hopefully that answers all the question that were sent my way..if not ask some more in the comments and I will answer them there.

I was just over to Country Threads’ blog.  The number for March is #9.  According to my UFO list, that is either my quilt from American Patchwork and Quilting magazine or my Hand Me Downs quilt.  I best  get it pulled out…the UFO completion marches on.

Today, I am hooking up with……Confessions of a Fabric AddictLink a Finish FridayFreedom Fridays and Crazy Mom Quilts.

28 thoughts on “A Friday Finish: My Tumbler Quilt”

  1. Love it! It looks so warm and inviting! I made a tumbler quilt for a friend in Colorado who was going thru chemo. It was all in soft pastels. She loved it! I wasn’t brave enough to do the jagged edges, but added borders instead. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I love the zig zag edges on this finished quilt, and scrappy ones are always my favorites! I recently made a mini tumbler and used my dresden plate ruler to cut the shapes – worked perfectly – so that’s another option!

  3. Jo, your tumbler quilt is beautiful! I love how you did the binding. You’re doing great with finishing your UFO’s. keep up the good work!

  4. Jo, another question-why didn’t you use your accuquilt go? I just bought one and have so far enjoyed it . Micki

  5. It turned out great! I like how you did every other one light. I don’t have enough lights so mine is going to be very random. I think it will be ok. We will see. I think I need less than 100 tumblers to finish. I will make a template for that few. Thanks for helping me get this far!

  6. Dear Jo, I happened on your page while searching for history of the tumbler block. I just finished my version using the instruction in Better Homes & Gardens, Sew Scrappy 2010. My queen size only has 1,110. I also used an AccuQuilt. After seeing your zig-zaggy binding I know I should not trim the edges no matter how much longer it will take me to finish it. Mine is done in Civil War repro scraps from another quilt plus a few donated charms from friends. I pieced the entire top on my 1952 Singer Freatherweight just to see if I could. That little machine just kept purring right along. I’m thrilled to see your version.

  7. No, the tumbler quilt you finished in 2013- I have a question about the binding – did you have to use bias binding? Thank you.

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