I’m often asked about the GO tumbler dies. I use my 6 inch tumbler frequently and just finished a UFO last week from that die. I also have a 3 inch die but other than cut out a top 2 years ago at the same time I cut the larger one I just finished, I hadn’t used it.
I was never one to cut kits out but a few years ago I bought a sewing machine for Big Canoe and knew I wanted to kit up a few projects to work on there and then shortly after, we made the big move from Minneapolis with my longarm and stash going to Big Canoe – all the sudden I needed to make up kits while I was in GA to bring back to FL. I’m not sure why this one has waited for two years (cut Oct 2016) for me to assemble but after finishing the Log Cabin I once again wanted to sew without having to think or cut so out it came.
A few years ago when we were working on tumblers in Maine, Jackie wrote up some general guidelines to help us with quilt sizes and numbers of tumblers and I’ll share that here with you all in case you’re interested.
We all know how to figure out how many square blocks we need for a quilt, but tumblers are a little more tricky. How do you measure if the bottom of the tumbler is so much wider than the top? So here is how I do it.
Small tumblers are 3″ high finished and approximately 2 1/4″ wide through the center (or I figure 4 1/2″ for every two tumblers across).
Large tumblers are 6″ high finished and 4 1/2″ wide across the middle (or 9″ for every two tumblers).
To make it even easier, here is what we have found works well.
Set 14×14 (196 pieces) makes a quilt top 31 X 39″ Add a 1″ inner border and a 3″ outer border for a finished top that measures 39″ x 47″.
Set 25 x 25 (625 pieces) makes a quilt 56 x 75″ with no borders needed.
Set 7 X 7 (49 pieces) makes a top 31 1/2 X 42″ Add a 1″ inner border and a 3″ outer border for a top 39 X 50″
Set 9 X 9 (81 pieces) makes a top 38 X 54″ with no borders needed.
Set 12 X 12 (144 pieces) makes a top 54 X 72″ with no borders needed.
Note: These measurements are all based on tumblers cut with the Accuquilt Go! system
Have fun sewing tumblers,
Jackie from NJ at the Maine sew-in