Did you know that if you do a Google search for songs about "surrender", you can wind up on a website with a page listing over 100 songs?
This one is by LeAnn Rimes...
There's a white flag rising,
About to catch the wind.
And I don't wanna fight it.
Alright, you win.
So what's my point with all this?
I give. I have been out-voted. Over-ruled. Vetoed. Superseded. Over-turned! Quashed. And squashed. Ruled against. Counter-manded. Thwarted. Vanquished. Perhaps even trampled.
(But obviously not silenced.)
Make that THE CRUMBLER.
I look at it this way - it isn't like I don't already have a track-record with quirky names that require some explanation. And this one always makes me laugh, though I am happy to say that the Dr. Pepper-up-my-nose thing doesn't happen any more. Thelma really ought to warn a girl when she puts this kind of thing in an e-mail. The space-bar on my keyboard still sticks a bit and I know it's from the Dr. Pepper.
I have to tell you that one of the things that delayed me was trying to figure out what to put in the middle - the instructions, directions, whatevers. With a regular quilt pattern, it's easy. This is what you cut and this is how you put it together. If I made quilts and wrote out the pattern instructions for all the ideas I've had for Crumbler variations, the instructions would have run to 83 pages.
So I re-thought my plan and decided to approach the ruler the same way I think about patterns - this is everything I can think of that might be useful to know.
Which means the directions are three sentences long.
This is it. There are six sizes, right? Actually, by my count, there are at least eleven. Yes. Eleven - 11. There are the six sizes you get by cutting strips and aligning the edge of the strip with the bottom - the narrow end - of the template. There are five more - it doesn't work with 5 1/2" wide strips - if you align the edge of the template with the bottom - the wide end. That makes for a wider, chunkier tumbler. I also used tape to cut some narrower tumblers. That's the kind of thing I put in the instructions.
I also included:
- Instructions and diagrams on how/where to line up the templates for cutting, and where to line up edges for piecing.
- Pressing? That's in there.
- Guidelines for cutting side pieces - or not. Trimming the edges straight is discussed.
- Yardage information - how many tumblers can be cut per strip, etc.
- How to calculate how many rows and tumblers you'll need to make a quilt [ t h i s b i g ]... covered.
- Options! Pieced tumblers? Check.
Before I forget... I've been asked about the fabric in this quilt. I used the Indie collection by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery and added nine or ten other strips of other things to get the 30 total strips I needed to cut all my tumblers. The background is one of my favorites, it's from Modern Vintage by Bonnie and Camille.
As soon as I finish the binding on this, I'll show you the whole quilt. I would be done but I was side-tracked packing Crumblers...
It's easy - it's just two matching tumblers put base-to-base and off-set from the adjacent tumblers. The elongated hexagons are vertical but the quilt is assembled in horizontal rows. I think it took longer to cut all the fabrics and lay them out than it did to sew it all together - especially since none of the fabrics are repeated. These strips were cut at 3 1/2" wide and the "hexagons" are 6" from top-to-bottom.
This one is getting quilted and I promise, as soon as it's done, I'll get another picture.
So there you have it.
It's done. It's finished. It's here.
And thank you, Thelma. It really is the best name.
But if the next big star on WWE decides to be called "The Crumbler"... you're toast.