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Scrappy Tumbler Quilted

By March 11, 2011March 2nd, 202130 Comments
I didn’t get to post yesterday because I have been busy taking care of some sick little girls.  Both girls are sick with what I had.  They have terrible coughs.  They have both missed school.  AND to make matters worse Elaina is also sick with her CVS spell.  I posted about it here.  It occurs about every 11 1/2 weeks.  Actually, the last two spells have been short 12 weeks apart by one day.  Unfortunately, I was expecting it.  Remember, her last spell was in December. I’m always praying that a miracle will happen and she won’t get sick.  My heart always falls into my stomach when she calls for me first thing in the morning that she is going to be sick.  Yesterday morning was no different.  Poor thing has never been sick with a cold AND her spell.

On a happy note, I did get my Scrappy Tumbler quilted!!  Yes, I was doing the Happy Dance.  πŸ™‚  I have to say “I LOVE IT!”  I am very pleased with the quilting.

 I’m actually pleasantly surprised at how beautiful it looks.  I quilted the entire top freehand.

I used wool batting.  Have I mentioned how much I love wool batting???  It’s the best!!  It makes the quilting look so beautiful, even without being washed yet.

 I did have a few minor hurdles to overcome with this quilt.  First, if you remember I originally planned on FMQ this on my Janome 6600P, so I had already spray basted and layered the quilt together.

Yeah, that ended up being a bit of a sticky situation.  Ha, ha!!  It just made everything really sticky on Annie.  I just had to make sure everything rolled up evenly, so there were no pleats.  The batting was the biggest pain.  It really wanted to stick together!

Second, my backing was almost not big enough for Annie.  LAers need about an extra 8″ in width and length on a backing.  As you roll the quilt on a LA, you need that extra fabric, especially if the quilt isn’t very square.  I like to use the image of rolling a phone book up as an example.  If the quilt backing isn’t that much bigger than the top, you’ll run out of backing before the quilt top is quilted.  I JUST made it.  My top was surprisingly pretty square.

Third, I didn’t do a very good job piecing the backing.  I had some fullness in the seams.  That would cause the backing to sag a bit in places.  I made some adjustments as I would advance the quilt to make sure I didn’t quilt in any pleats on the backing.

I’m so excited to have one of my quilts to use in my house!!  I’ve been draping it around the furniture to see how it looks.  Well, admiring how it looks!!  LOL!  I will be working on the binding this weekend in my spare time.  I plan on practicing border designs, specifically feather borders.  I’m thrilled to say I’ve been getting customer quilts in, so I need to get going on those!!  I want to thank everyone for all the kind and encouraging comments regarding my quilting!!  Thanks so much!!

***Prayers to all those effected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami***


  • Sue says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your daughter's illness. I have never in my life heard of that before. That has got to be rough for everyone:(
    I pray that she will outgrow it and soon.

    Your quilting is so beautiful and that is such a neat pattern. I wouldn't know where to go next quilting that!!

    Just love the tumbler quilt:)

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Maureen says:

    Love your tumbler quilt – you did a great job quilting it! Makes me want to get started on mine – the piecing part, that is. I'm using wool batting for the first time on a hand quilting project. Needles wonderfully. Puffier than I'm used to, but that's okay. Hope your girls are feeling better soon. Enjoy your weekend!

  • West Michigan Quilter says:

    So sorry to hear about your daughter. I was just talking to my daughter who is a nurse. We have never heard of this and wonder if she will outgrow it? You are in our prayers.
    About that quilt, it is beautiful. I've never used wool batting and am going to have to try it. Love the quilting design you used.

  • Carol says:

    I just love the quilting on your tumbler quilt. That's awesome that you are getting customer quilts, what do you charge? I may want to send a quilt your way. I used wool batting once, makes the quilt very warm too. I hope your girls are feeling better.

  • Karen says:

    The quilting design looks quite nice with the Tumbler quilt. The tumbler block is one I have not tackled.

  • Cathy says:

    Love your Tumbler quilt and the quilting you did. Hope the girls are feeling better soon. Hugs

  • Nicole says:

    Your tumbler quilt is gorgeous! Spectacular quilting!
    Hope the girls are feeling better today.

  • WoolenSails says:

    This flu is getting everyone, I sure hope the girls fight it off quickly.
    I know when I was young, I would be sick one day and fine the next, to be young and strong;)

    Love how you quilted the blocks. I got my small tumbler die and haven't had a chance to try any of them lately.


  • Yvette says:

    Your daughter's illness just breaks my heart. I cannot imagine seeing your child have to go through this several times a year.

    Your quilt is incredible!!! I will have to have the one I send you quilted with wool too.

  • Lainee says:

    The quilting looks so consistant in pattern size and coverage…that's difficult for me.

  • Susan @ Blackberry Creek says:

    I pray that your girls are better soon. I love your tumbler quilt.

  • Wendy says:

    Beautiful quilting job! I'm not a big fan of the tumbler pattern (maybe some day), but your quilting really pulled out the lovely colours and made it come alive. You have every right to be proud of it.

  • Sunnybec says:

    So sorry to here both of your daughters are ill, poor Elaina a double wammy,I really hope she grows out of it as she gets older. Your quilt looks fab (as usual)your quilting is lovely you should be really proud of yourself. The earthquake is awful so much devastation. Hugs Linda x

  • Sheila says:

    Sorry to hear your girls are not feeling well and I hope they recover quickly.Your quilt is beautiful and the quilting really looks great , you should be very proud .

  • Impera Magna says:

    Your tumbler quilt turned out GREAT! I know you are very proud of it… enjoy!

  • Terry says:

    It's beautiful! I've never used wool batting before. Maybe I should give it a try one of these days.

  • Carrie P. says:

    Your quilt looks great even though you had some issues with it. Well done.
    Praying for your girls and Japan. It is just horrible what has happened over there.

  • Kristin says:

    That quilt and I will become one the next time I am home. πŸ™‚

  • Denise in PA says:

    Oh, I feel so bad for your girls – especially Elaina (and for you!). Her condition is so baffling, I can only imagine what you all go through. I'll send healing thoughts! Your quilting, again, is fabulous. The design dresses up the tumblers so much – you really are a natural!

  • Carol says:

    Sending lots of good thoughts to your sweet daughter…bless her heart. Your tumbler quilt is beautiful…amazing quilting.

  • Joan says:

    I feel so sad for the girls…That spell sounds dreadful. I know how you feel about that call in the morning – I get that with Andrea when she has her Migraines. Big hugs to them both.
    Now – that_quilt_is_beautiful!! No wonder you are getting quilts in. I wish I could get them quited that fast! Did you use your own design for that…

  • Joanne says:

    Your quilt is stunning!!!! Amazing that you did it all free-hand!!!
    I hope your daughters get well soon.β™₯

  • Unknown says:

    I'm sorry your sweet girls are sick. I hope they get better soon and will pray for them. πŸ™‚

    Your quilt looks awesome! Great job!

  • Allie says:

    Well the poor little thing – what a nasty thing to have! I pray she'll outgrow it. Your quilt turned out so beautiful, good job Linda!

  • Darlene says:

    Beautiful quilting, Linda!!! All handguided, too – I'm seriously impressed. πŸ™‚

    I hope both girls are feeling much better – (hugs for them).

  • Candace says:

    I'm so sorry the girls are sick, Linda! Here's wishing them a speedy recovery. Your quilt is – wow – fantastic! Great quilting! Doesn't it go so fast?

  • Karen says:

    Your tumbler quilt is lovely!
    Sorry that the girls are sick, and hope they are up and feeling like themselves soon. We've all had the "scurge" here and it wasn't pretty!

  • Lori says:

    I hope heh girls start feeling better soon!!

    The tumbler quilt is fantastic! I'm sure you are way more happy with it now! Such beautiful quilting!!

  • Brandie says:

    I just knew that this quilt would turn out wonderful! You have to show us a picture with everyone wrapped in it.
    Sending prayers for your girls, everyday.
    Take care…

  • Mama Pea says:

    It turned out so great. I am just so impressed with your quilting! Glad it all worked out so well for you. So sorry your girls are sick. I hope everyone is feeling better soon. I too am thinking of those in Japan also.