See them tumbling down...
Pledging their love to the ground...
Lonely but free I'll be found...
Drifting along with the tumbling tumbleweeds.
It isn't exactly "quilt-y" but do you know just how few synonyms and other words there are to describe one simple shape - a thimble or tumbler? Thimble. Tumbler. That's about it.
Yes, I spent the weekend cutting strips and thimble-tumbler shapes. When I first learned to quilt, the women at the quilt shop called them "thimbles". That always stuck with me until I was corrected - "they were called tumblers". Uh... okay. Whatever they're called, I've always liked this particular "patch" of one-patch quilt.
(Almost all of the print fabrics are from the Indie collection by Art Gallery and the polka dot background is from Modern Vintage by Bonnie & Camille.)
Maybe this isn't a "one-patch" so much as a one-and-a-half patch. The size is mostly the same but not exactly.
They're versatile and I don't know that I've ever seen a thimble/tumbler quilt that I didn't like. Big or small - scrappy or a bit more planned - I've always liked them. The best part is that they're easy to make - the hardest part is deciding which layout to use.
Last February, I had this idea. I wanted to make a quilt using this shape - I'm going to just call it a thimble - but couldn't find a template that had more than one size. That's just wrong. After some searching and looking, I played around with cutting the shapes without a template but I'll confess that it seemed to take too much time. Sometimes templates really are the best way to go. So I pestered my friend, Monique of Open Gate Quilts with the suggestion that she really, really needed to do a thimble template. She sent me the phone number of her ruler people and a contact name.
I took that as a very polite hint to go away and figure it out myself.
I drew out what I wanted and sent it off. So far, so good. My goal was to have this ready and done in time for Spring Market. I think you can see how well that worked out. Didn't happen.
Plan B - Fall Market! I've got lots of time... months and months. No problemo! I signed off on artwork in April and after accepting the fact that I wouldn't be in Kansas City for Spring Market, I told the nice ruler-folks that this could go to the back-burner while they finished their pre-Market scramble. So a prototype was delivered in late May and after playing with that for a few weeks, I made a tiny change and signed off on production. We were good to go. So good to go that my thimble templates were delivered in late July.
But I'm getting close. The instructions are written and numbers calculated, and there are a couple of quilts waiting to be photographed. Two quilts are at the quilter and another two will be there by the end of this week. Then the last quilt gets photographed and then it's off to the printer for a cover. And then - finally! - the Nimble Thimble ~ a Tumbler Template will be done.
Someone I know wanted to call this "The Crumbler" - C for Carrie, R for Rosie and the rest for "tumbler". I rather like the name but I figured I would have to spend too much time explaining the name. Oh wait... I do that all the time anyway.
That's it for today - but one last thing, if you're on the East Coast and weathering a storm - stay safe and dry.