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How to make an easy tumbling blocks quilt

Today I’m posting about one of my most popular tutorial for a straightforward way to  make tumbling blocks using strips sewn together. 

The tumbling block technique I demonstrate on the video was developed by Marci Baker and her book ABC 3-D tumbling blocks and more has written directions for it as well as 16 projects.

There’s not one single Y seam with this technique! Yay!

So let’s learn how to make easy tumbling blocks or baby blocks with no Y seams in less than 3 minutes!

Tumbling block size

Each individual tumbling block size is about 4 1/2 x 3 7/8 inches.


Piece 1

  • One 3 inch strip x width of fabric (WOF) in cream/white
  • Two 2 1/2 inch strip x WOF in dark red or any other dark colour

Piece 2

  • One 3 inch strip x width of fabric (WOF) in cream/white
  • Two 2 1/2 inch strip x WOF in yellow or any other medium colour

You will need a 60 degree ruler or a square ruler with a 60 degree marking. You can download my paper ruler/template to test this technique beforehand.

Or if your ruler has 60 degree lines you can use those to cut at 60 degrees.

And here is the explanation by its creator Marci Baker.

How to make an easy tumbling blocks quilt

Step by step visual

Video tutorial: No Y seams tumbling blocks - easy quilting

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My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

Buy individual chapters of my book

Now that my publisher is going out of business I have bought the rights to publish my book. Now you can download individual chapters. Each digital download is a bundle with 4 quilt patterns in it.

As well as the instructions and fabric needs to make the blocks you’ll find a section on quiltmaking basics at the end of the pattern that discusses:

  • Tools
  • Squaring up blocks
  • Borders
  • Assembly and quilting
  • Binding

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project

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