I knew it had been a while since I joined in with Kim and her Scrap Basket Sunday, but I didn't realize it had been nearly a month! I guess I have been busy with other projects. I am also trying to spend these 39 days from Memorial Day until the Fourth of July (my favorite time of year!) making only patriotic projects. I have such a pile of red, white, and blue items that I want to make, that I'm sure there will be plenty to keep me busy!
So today's project features a scrappy, patriotic quilt! I have long been wanting to make a tumbler/thimble quilt, and so when Carrie came out with her Crumbler and Lil' Crumbler, I ordered them.
Several versions of this are floating around so it didn't really require a pattern.
I decided to use the Lil' Crumbler ruler and 2.5" strips so I pulled out my strip bin and scraps and began cutting away at the reds and creams. I wanted variety but still cut as many from a scrap or strip as I could, so I ended up with enough to make at least 3 more of these! I also started cutting blues, but then I decided that I only wanted to use star fabric, so I only used them. I must confess, I had to pull out a few fat quarters to get enough of the stars, but otherwise, this is all cut from scraps.
This is the Lil' Crumbler template. It was fun to use!
Since I had never made a tumbler quilt before, I wasn't sure how it was going to go together, but it did so like a dream! I pressed the long, pieced strips in opposite directions and then everything nestled perfectly when they went together.
What surprised me a bit was that the Lil' Crumble is longer and skinnier than a typical tumbler shape, so my flag came out longer and skinnier. I love that, though--perfect for a flag! This version, cut from 2.5" strips is small--it measures 9.5" x 20.5." My big problem is that I don't want to trim the flag into a rectangle--I think the "wavy-ness" of the tumble shapes contributes to the look of a flag waving in the breeze, so binding this baby may be a challenge! Do any of you have any hints?
Meanwhile, I would love to try using different sizes and the larger template, the Crumbler, to see how different it can look. Maybe someday....
Have a great day!