Friday, July 13, 2018

Tumbling Toward Christmas - Christmas in July Blog Hop and Giveaway

Please come Tumble toward Christmas with me.
My latest obsession, Tumbler Blocks


Welcome to Christmas in July.  Many thanks to Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict who is the  wonderful coordinator of this event, and if you visit her there you will find a fun Quilt Along to Go with the theme.

When this hop was first announced I thought it would be a great time to finish up this scrappy Christmas quilt that I started this past December before it had a chance to become a UFO.


I pulled it out and found that it only needed to be quilted.  Very odd, I even had it sandwiched which for me is the worst part of the quilting process.  So quilt and bind it I did.

I found out 2 things, 1st I found the reason for the status of the quilt, here is a close up of the reason.  Can you see the tiny stitches in this shot


I apparently was going to hand quilt it.  This is all I did before it got packed away. I only found the hand quilted block when I was machine quilting around it.

The 2nd thing is that I really, really do love tumbler blocks.  I had made a couple of tumbler quilts  and a couple of sets of placemats  in the not to distant past, and  I had started this quilt which just reignited this mini fire.  So...............here is what else I whipped up for Christmas with tumbler blocks in the last month and a half (so far, pretty sure I'm not really done yet and I have 5 months to go)

A set of placemats





The quilt and the placemats were made using the Missouri Star 5 inch Tumbler Template which was designed to fit perfectly on a charm as well as a 5 inch strip of fabric. Oh by the way that giveaway mentioned in the Header,  I am sending the winner The Missouri Star 5 inch Template


Yes, it is backward in the photo.  It comes with a protective paper backing on its front. 
I want to share the obsession.  Honestly this is a great block to work with.  They also make a 2 1/2 inch version that also works well with precuts.

A mug rug



The mug rug was made using the Accuquilt Go 3 inch die.

And so far my favorite, a Christmas Wreath


Not sure if it will be a table topper


Or a wall hanging


Yes they are tumblers, hind sight says I shouldn't have rounded out the points so much but in the third picture I have pins pointing to the seams so you can pick out the individual tumbler blocks.

I don't own the Accuquilt machine and dies, they were borrowed from my guild chapter and a couple of generous chapter members

If you are interested in more of my tumbler obsession check out my previous post. The second half of it is pretty much all tumblers.

Well I hope you have had fun on this stop of the Christmas in July Hop.  The other presenters in the hop are listed below for your ease in visiting. I am positive you will find great ideas for the upcoming holidays in their posts.

Oh, I will be participating in another Christmas in July Hop in a couple of weeks, please stop by and see what else I've been up to (mostly non tumbler related) see the button upper right,

Thanks so much for stopping by and please, have a Very Merry Christmas. 

Oh yeah, to have a chance at the Template just leave me a comment.  No problem if you are international, I'll pick a name on the 27th.


Saturday, July 14th
Joy @ Days Filled With Joy
Selina @ Selina Quilts


Sunday, July 15th
Joanne @ Everyone Deserves a Quilt
Jan @ The Colorful Fabriholic


Monday, July 16th
Carole @ From My Carolina Home
Jamie @ L'Fair Quilts
Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels & Eats


Tuesday, July 17th
Sharon @ Vrooman's Quilts
Mary @ Made by Marney


Wednesday, July 18th
Karrin @ Karrin's Crazy World
Marian @ Seams To Be Sew


Thursday, July 19th
Christina @ Christina's Handicrafts
Sherry @ Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.
Danice @ Homespun Hannah


Friday, July 20th
Kristi @ Confessions of A Fabric Addict
Wendy @ Pieceful Thoughts


Saturday, July 21st
Cindy @ Stitchin' At Home
Meloney @ Mel's Quilting Blog


Sunday, July 22nd
Anja @ Anja Quilts
Moira @ Quilted Snail


Monday, July 23rd
Brenda @ Songbird Designs
Amy @ Sea of Estrogen
Bonnie @ In Stitches With Bonnie


Tuesday, July 24th
Kathy @ Kathy's Kwilts and More
Summer @ Summer Lee Quilts


Wednesday, July 25th
Susan @ Quilt Fabrication
Brandy @ Pampered Pettit
Jean @ All Points of the Compass









107 comments:

  1. I’ve had a tumbler quilt on my list of things I would like to do!

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  2. I am just finishing a tumbler quilt right now. Love them.

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  3. thanks for your inspiration! Love your tumbler designs.

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  4. The tumblers look great, very creative on the wreath too. Might have to give one of these a try! Thanks for showing us.

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  5. I love the wreath! I didn't see the tumbler blocks until you put the pins in--thanks!

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  6. i like the place mats. they look like a wonderfully quick gift to make for someone!

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  7. Your quilt and placemats and wreath are all great Christmas quilt projects. You’re ready for the season!

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  8. Cute ways to use that tumbler shape, thanks for sharing with the hop.

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  9. A Christmas tumbler quilt is a great way to use up some of those Christmas fabric scraps we all have laying around. Thanks for the ideas

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  10. Iadore the wreath - I have never seen that idea before. You certainly are on a roll with tumbler projects. I have a GO and just a few die. I have a fairly good sized die for it. I was working with a group with was making quilts for a transition house for ladies. There was an elderly lady in the community that wanted to use her stash to make quilts and had no idea what pattern she wanted to use. She basically wanted me to do the cutting for her. I live over an hour drive each way from her, so I brought her fabric home and it was all sorts of fabric - Walmart, local Hancock, old percale, differing amounts of cotton content. I just decided to use my GO and the tumbler die. I had trouble keeping fabric cut to keep her sewing each week. Later, she commented that she had trouble keeping up with what I had cut. I was trying to make sure that she had plenty. I was so busy trying to keep her in cut fabric that I never got a chance to sew any tumblers together. I ended up loaning another machine to another lady and my GO and she taught her 3 newly adopted daughter to piece quilts, too. Thanks for a great preview.

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  11. Great projects! I have made a tumbler quilt cut by my grandson on the Go!

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  12. I love your Christmas tumbler projects! I have never made a tumbler quilt, maybe because I don't have a template for cutting them. I would love to win the one you are giving away--thanks for the great giveaway!

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  13. SO MANY GREAT IDEAS, NOW JUST NEED THE TIME. THANK-YOU FOR THE INSPIRATION.
    hjrogers@sympatico.ca

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  14. I haven't made tumblers, but this post inspires me to give them a try! Such lovely projects.

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  15. I love your tumbler obsession.

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  16. When I first looked at the Christmas wreath, I didn't realize it was made with tumblers until I saw the photo with the pins. I do not wish to take part in the drawing. I already own the Missouri Star tumbler template. I have lots of tumblers cut, but never put them together. Hopefully, your lovely photos will inspire me.

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  17. Thanks so much for sharing these great ideas! I love the tumbler wreath!! And plan to make one!

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  18. Hmm...tumblers are something I haven't attempted yet. I love the look especially scrappy...so is this the incentive I need? Thanks for sharing your Christmas ideas.

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  19. Wow this is something new to me = would love to make a tumbler lap quilt or maybe a wreath!

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  20. I have long admired the tumbler block and the projects to make with them, but haven't had the chance to make one myself! I love your quilt and wreath and even the mug rug! How sweet and festive! duchick at gmail dot com

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  21. Love your tumbler projects! I hadn’t realized there might be so many possibilities using the shape. Thank you.

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  22. I too like tumbler projects. I had to look at the wreath closely to see they were tumblers. What a great idea.

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  23. I’ve never made a tumbler quilt, but it’s on my bucket list. Thanks for all of the ideas!

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  24. What great projects and thanks for the ideas for Christmas gifts. The wreath is at the top of my list to make.

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  25. Great idea of using the tumbler for a wreath! Love the way you circle quilted it, too.

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  26. I've seen so many great ideas with tumblers, would be great to win the template and make a few!! Love the wreath idea!!

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  27. Great ideas with the tumbler block. I really like your wreath!

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  28. I have been toying with PEP tumblers. Using the 5"template and machine stitching would be so much quicker! A78mandel at yahoo dot com

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  29. I love your tumbler quilt and mug rugs and I like the fact that the template will fit a charm! Please include me in your giveaway and thank you for being so generous and Merry Christmas in July!!

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  30. this year of the 12 days is off to a flying start, and the place mats are winners, what a novel way to use a tumbler insert there.The mug rugs are a super size. I am off to do a trial sew-up for my turn on the last day .

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  31. I have never done a tumbler before, but it's great to see there are so many things you can do with the shape. Great items all.

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  32. I never would have thought you could do so much with one template. It does look fun. I was really taken by those placemats. So elegant.

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  33. I love your tumbler Christmas quilt. I have made one of these tumbler quilts and this ruler would have been so helpful when cutting the fabric. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  34. I like the idea of a tumbler quilt in Christmas prints -- a good way to incorporate all the different fabrics out there.

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  35. I was inspired by your Tumbler projects!

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  36. I have never made a tumbler quilt. I would like to make the tumbler mug rug! Nancy

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  37. Thanks for the inspiration and enthusiasm! I'd love to win the tumbler templates!

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  38. All pretty decorations. A tumbler quilt is also on my want-to-make list.

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  39. Thanks for the reminder that now is the time to kick my quilting into high gear for Christmas!! Love your tumbler creations - those place mats are fabulous! Thanks for the opportunity to win the tumbler template!!

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  40. Love the tumbling block template - I have a few, so don't enter me in the givaway! Thanks for the ideas to use them, they are all lovely! xx

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  41. You can't go wrong with tumbler blocks. They are so versatile. It's never too early to start thinking about Christmas.

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  42. Looks like your tumbler post is a hit! Honestly, it doesn't surprise me - your projects are lovely, and give me so many ideas! Thanks for getting us off to a great start!

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  43. Wow, I really love the tumbler wreath! I've never seen the block used like that before, and it works really well to make that shape. Thanks for sharing all your excitement about tumblers. It's kinda contagious and now I want to try some :)

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  44. My birthday is on the 27th.....December 27!! I love Christmas in July sewing. I just made my Ugly Christmas sweater block that will be made into a bag and donated for our UCS contest at work!! This will be the third year I’ve done this!

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  45. So many sweet ways to use those tumbler pieces. I especially like the wreath. Very original.

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  46. Very cool love the Christmas idea... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  47. I love your tumbler quilt. That's a great way to use Christmas fabric and/or scraps.

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  48. The wreaths are so inventive - love them!

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  49. what a great idea! thanks for sharing

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  50. I have not done a tumbler quilt yet. I would love to win this.

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  51. I love all of your tumbler block ideas

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  52. Lots of wonderful projects using the tumblers.

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  53. Great find and finish. Thanks for the inspirational ideas.

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  54. What fun projects! I love tumbler quilts and using Christmas fabrics is perfect. :-)

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  55. wow such gorgeous projects,thankyou for sharing them with us,well done xx

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  56. I also have never made a tumbler quilt-probably worried about all the seams. I just read this week that when you have trouble with row seams, sew L to R & R to L on the next row. Thanks for the offer

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  57. I have never made a tumbler quilt, but yours look gorgeous.

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  58. I love tumbler quilts too, and yours are perfect! Great design on the wreath!!

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  59. Fun tumbler ideas. I really like the idea of the tumbler wreath.

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  60. Love the idea of the "Wreath" with the tumblers. The Christmas hop helps to get those creative juices flowing!

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  61. I adore little tumbler quilts, though I haven't tried making one uet. Hoping this winter there will be time to experiment with some.

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  62. Another great Christmas in July blog hop! I love them and I love tumbler quilts as well. Thanks!

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  63. I've never made a tumbler block. Great idea!

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  64. Nice tumbler wreath ! Looks like a good idea !! To refresh us in July !!

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  65. Cute Christmas quilt. Tumblers are wonderful for featuring fabric prints. Thanks for all the other ideas to use them.

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  66. I helped my Grandson make a Tumbler Flag Quilt from a Missouri Star pattern--it turned out great!!
    barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

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  67. cute tumbler quilt, thanks for the giveaway

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  68. I've never made a tumbler quilt but now I'm inspired to try it. Thanks.

    hijoffe@gmail.com

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  69. It's always good to get a UFO out of the way. I have never made a tumbler quilt but I love how you made the tumlber shape into a wreath

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  70. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.netJuly 15, 2018 at 3:56 PM

    I have never made a tumbler quilt but would love to make one.

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  71. I haven't tried tumblers but after seeing the stuff you made, I just might have to try them. Very cute.

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  72. Great job on your little tumbling block quilt and the placemats are cute too! I just finished up a Quilt of Valor made of tumbling blocks!

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  73. Love your little quilt and placemats. I’ve always wanted to make a tumbler quilt ever since Bonnie Hunter used it for a “leader and Enders” project. Thanks for sharing.

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  74. The wreath is Fabulous!! I like them all... But wow on the wreath. I've never done a tumbler. Maybe it's time to give it a try. Thanks for sharing

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  75. Great project ideas for Christmas gifts!, I love the wreath and it’s on my to do list! Thanks!

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  76. Thank you for the tumbler inspiration! I have all 3 sizes from MSQC guess I should find them and get busy :)

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  77. I love tumbler quilts, too. Although, I've never seen a wreath made of them. (adding this to my list to try!) All of your tumbler projects are very nice. I especially like the placemats.

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  78. The tumbler is one shape I haven't tried yet. I'd love to make a scrappy version. Thanks.

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  79. The tumbler is one shape I haven't used so far. I've thought about it though! Too many other things so far.

    Thanks for sharing the ideas and the giveaway.

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  80. Such a cute idea to use the tumbler template to make a Christmas wreath! Thanks for sharing.
    yoyopattycakes @ hotmail dot com

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  81. First time I've heard that style called a tumbler, nice to know there is template. I'm tempted to do a quilt in that style.

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  82. I love tumblers also, but have never made anything using the shape. Crazy, right!?

    Thank you for the fun post.

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  83. Very fun tumbler projects - well done!

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  84. your projects are wonderful. i do not have one of these templates yet. i would love to try these. thanks for sharing.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  85. What great Hexi Projects for gifts to friends and family. Thank you for the chance at a give-away, Mary
    mary4gen@cox.net

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  86. Thanks for sharing. I have always wanted to make a tumbler quilt. Maybe now is the time. Janice.snell@gmail.com

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  87. What a lot of tumbler fun you had! Thanks for sharing some great ideas for how to use this pattern.

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  88. I like your Christmas tumbler project. It makes me want to pull out my Christmas projects.

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  89. I have the Accuquilt tumbler die, but have only used it once. I love all your ideas and cute projects using it...love the wreath! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  90. The tumbler flag quilt is on my bucket list for if/when I ever get a tumbler template. Thanks for the blog!
    Susanpshaffer@gmail

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  91. Great idea for the wreath!! Love your blog!! maandermarg@gmail.com

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  92. Congratulations on the finish. It looks great. I've never used the tumbler shape. Thanks for sharing.

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  93. I love the tumbler mug rugs! So cute!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  94. Those tumbler quilts are fun! Hadn't thought to make mug rugs with them. Great idea!

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  95. Would like to try a tumbler quilt

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  96. Your projects are great. Thanks for the inspiration and ideas. I've never made a tumbler block! I might have to do so as I need a set of placemats for a wedding gift. Thanks for a chance to win a tumbler template.
    kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

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  97. Tumblers! Gotta love them! I really like your wreath. Wouldn't know it was tumblers!!

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  98. Just found this blog hop. I am grateful for the wonderful projects I've seen, especially the quick to do for gifts. Your wreath is lovely.

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  99. I have never made a tumbler quilt, but would love to try one. I made a quilt out of the rhombus template from MSQC and enjoyed the process. The templates make it so easy.

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  100. I'm a fan of the MSQC templates, but haven't tried the tumbler. You've convinced me to add it to my list--the next time they have a "free shipping day" it goes right into my cart!

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  101. Your tumbler projects are so cute. I especially like how you used the Christmas prints in the little quilt!

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  102. Thank you for inspiring me to move a tumbler quilt to the top of my to do list. I have a bucket of Christmas fabric languishing.

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  103. I think tumblers make for the perfect Holiday project. Lovely projects you have shared with all of us.

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