Thursday, July 14, 2011

Tumbling In

I was lucky enough to receive a Baby GO! with three dies. I have been very impressed with the Baby GO!'s portability and ease of use. It is a very simple and effective way to cut fabric. I love how the corners are already trimmed ready to sew.

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One of my favourite one-patch blocks is the tumbler so I decided to make a 10" finished block using this humble shape with my new Baby GO!

© 2011 Jane Davidson, Want it Need it Quilt
Modified Tumbler Blocks

Cut 4 x 3.5" finished tumblers.
I just had to cut a diamond as well - but not for this tutorial
Take four 5" charm squares and cut them into 2 x 2.5" pieces.

Sew the 2.5" pieces onto either side of the tumbler.

Trim the block back to 4.5" x 3.5". Make sure you find the centre of the tumbler by folding in half lengthwise and finger pressing.

You will have 4 modified tumbler blocks.

Centre Block

To make the 9-path centre block, sew three 2.25" squares together. Use a contrasting fabric for your centre square.

Trim back to 4.5" remembering to measure from the centre so block is even.

Add a 2.25" x 4.5" rectangle to the top and bottom of your 3 squares and trim back to a 4.5" square.

Corner blocks

Cut 4 x 3.5" squares.

Joining the rows

First and third rows - join a 3.5" square to either side of a modified tumbler block.

Middle row - Add a modified tumbler block to either side of the 9-patch block. Make sure your match seams as shown in picture below.

Voila, a 10.5" unfinished block.

Here is what it would look like as a quilt.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. In the next few weeks I will be giving one lucky blogger the opportunity to win a Baby GO!


  1. Cool! I love the layouts you have at the end of the post, they really show how versatile the block is!

  2. I have been eyeing a Go off for some time and think it would be a great addition to any sewing room.

    Thanks for the post about it.

  3. I have never seen this block before and I love it - what a great tute!

  4. love it! I was trying to figure out which die you used--it did not occur to me that it was the tumbler, but then it was so obvious! I bet Accuquilt would love to pick up your idea for one of their free patterns!

  5. What a fun block! Thanks for sharing. :)

  6. Love all the variations. Thanks for the tutorial.

  7. Wow that's clever using the tumbler to make another pattern. I sometimes think that the go is limited in what can be made, but you've just proved otherwise. Thanks for the great idea.

  8. I love the block and the colors. I need to start using some bright and colorful fabric. I am going to try this. Thanks

  9. I love it! The different layouts are very cool too...

    Jennifer :)

  10. Wow! A fantastic idea! I have both tumbling block dies and never thought of using it like this. Love it! Thanks for sharing!

  11. When I grow up I want to be creative like you! Great idea.

  12. Love this post. I have the tumbler die, so, now I have a few more quilts to make with it. Thanks so much for sharing you talents.

  13. Great idea! I have the big tumbler, so could make a quilt really fast!

  14. Great tutorial. Thank you. I just ordered the tumbler die today


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