So you'll have to forgive me because this is my first tutorial and I can't guarantee that it will be any good! When I decided to sash my tumbler blocks for Bean's Harry Potter Quilt I found that there wasn't an awful lot of information available online about how to sash tumblers. So incase anyone else is interested in sashing tumblers, here is how I did it..
Just a quick note, while I used my Accuquilt GO! to cut my tumbler blocks and strips you can also do it all with a rotary cutter and acrylic templates :)
Step 1. Cut out your tumbler blocks. I used the Accuquilt GO! 3.5" tumbler die (which is also compatible with the GO! Baby). Lay out your tumblers in your preferred pattern.
Step 2. Cut strips using the GO! 2.5" strip die (I used the Baby compatible strip die that cuts 2 strips at a time). I marked my strip die so that I could lay a 2.5" strip along the centre blade and end up with 2x 1.25" strips.
|Lay strip along centre blade to end up with 2x 1.25" strips|
|From 2.5" to 1.25"|
Step 4. Chain piece the each tumbler+strip. I did these in their row order so that I didn't get my blocks mixed up. Trim the strips to match the edges of the tumbler blocks. I will show you why this is important later!
|Square up your tumbler blocks. I promise you, it will save your heartache later!|
|I pressed my seams open, but you can do them to one side if you prefer.|
|The bottom row is not straight, compared to the top row.|
|This is what happens when you are lazy and don't square your blocks. I had to unpick them and fix them. |
LAZY = More work overall!
|I started from the middle and worked my way out.|
|I also got impatient and pressed all my seams at the end. |
I mean, here are all my completed rows!
Step 6. Cut enough tumblers from your sashing fabric to match the number of rows (eg, I had 12 rows, so I cut 12 tumbler blocks). Fold them in half and crease. Open back out, place a quilting ruler along the fold line and cut in half using your rotary cutter. This gave me 24 half tumblers - one for each end of the 12 rows.
|Crease in the centre|
|Place quilting ruler along the fold line & cut|
|Half tumbler blocks|
|Place half blocks at the ends of each row.|
Step 8. Lay out your rows and measure your longest row. Cut the 1.25" strips to suit. (I added a little extra for good measure)
Note: You can pin as much as you like - I pinned each end, and the centre. Some of my rows appeared to be a fraction shorter or longer than the one preceeding it. This is most likely because I am lazy and my sashing was not 100% exactly 1.25". I overcame this by matching the centre point and the ends and then holding the fabric taut as it fed through the machine so that a) the row stretched or b) the sashing stretched as needed. Almost all of my blocks ended up matching perfectly (or near enough) - there was only one that was visibly offset by a max 1/8" (bottom RH corner).
|Pin at the centre point|
|Open out and press.|
Step 13. Complete as required - border, bind, quilt etc.
|Complete! (Well, just needs squaring up..)|