Patriotic Tumbler Moving Along

After putting the tumbler on hold to make a t-shirt quilt for my niece, I’m “picking up the pieces”, for lack of a better term, and have progressed significantly!

flag-with-appliqueIsn’t it delightful? I ended up adding FIVE more rows of blue, and two more rows of red and white to get it to the correct size. I wanted something other than just stars for the blue patch, and decided on words from the song “You’re A Grand Old Flag“, written by George M. Cohen and used in the musical “Yankee Doodle Dandy“.

applique-up-closeI haven’t ironed down the letters yet, I still have to center it properly and get everything lined up, but it’s turning out exactly as I had hoped. I am lucky to have an architect in the office next door at work, so Howard was kind enough to blow up the PDF I’d created to a 27″ circle and put it on one large sheet of paper for me. Sure saved a lot of taping pages together! It doesn’t look that big in the pic, but the quilt itself is actually 85×63 – big enough for two to cuddle under on the couch 😉

I’ll admit, I really, REALLY wanted to do the applique where the edges are turned under and pressed with starch, then hand-sew each word myself. However, I suck at turning applique under. At least when it comes to words.

Land-appliqueThis doesn’t look too bad – a few pokies, but that doesn’t look like the word “land” to me. It looks like “lard”. And while they like pork, I don’t think they’ll appreciate “lard that I love” on their quilt! Plus, take a look at the back:

land-burnedYikes! Burned that baby like last night’s hamburgers. I cannot, for the life of me, figure out how to do those bottom edges where the letters change.

dAnd look at the center of that “d”. Not enough fabric to press under. One wash and that applique would be a hot mess on the quilt. If anyone has and words of wisdom in that department, I’d sure appreciate it!

So, I decided to use Mistyfuse instead, and use a zig-zag stitch around the letters. I’m using Kona Natural for the letters and stars, so I took Peggi’s advice and backed it with a light interfacing to keep the blue background from showing through. Brilliant…it worked!

I’m making this for my cousin, Molly, who is getting married in November. She and her husband-to-be (who is in the army) were transferred to England, and I wanted to make them a quilt that will always remind them that there’s no place like home. She doesn’t read my blog, so I’m not worried about posting about it 🙂 Now, hopefully I can get this finished by the end of October, as their wedding is in November – the weekend after Peggi and I get back from the Houston International Quilt Show. I have a feeling the cost of shipping it “over the pond” after the wedding may rival the national debt.

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Ooooh, this is gorgeous!  I’ve never been much of a tumbler fan, but this quilt is awesome!  And I LOVE the appliqued stars and phrasing.  What a fabulous idea!  I can’t wait to see it after it’s quilted.

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4 thoughts on “Patriotic Tumbler Moving Along

  1. I love your flag quilt! And the words are perfect. Love everything about it. After I get my next couple projects finished. I hope to make one for my nephew who will be returning from Afghanistan in Nov.

  2. I’m interested in your thoughts about how the tumbler pattern got it’s name.
    I always assumed it was because the pieces are shaped like a drinking glass or “tumbler”
    But a nationally known quilter says it’s a different reason.

    • To be honest, Cathy, I don’t know why it’s called a tumbler! I’ve never been a huge fan of tumbler quilts, but thought it would be perfect for this one, and my hunch turned out to be right. What do others have to say about it? I’d be interested, too!

  3. You’re certainly correct that it’s the perfect for this one!
    I don’t remember her exact words, but she said something like the design/pattern/color “tumbles” down the quilt, while she sweeps her arm down the quilt.
    Using it that way, it seems to me that many quilt shapes could “tumble down” a quilt

    I thought perhaps a glass called a tumbler was a local thing, but it seems pretty wide spread.

    The only other thing I can think of that’s related is this toy especially with your arrangement. I wouldn’t think of it if the blocks were offset

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