I forgot to do the tutorial Tuesday last week, but it kind of works out as I can show my tumbler quilt in EQ7.
(Splash that was in McCall’s)
You start a new quilt and make it ONE PATCH
it may default as hexagons, but just change that in the layout tab
you pull down the patch style menu and change to tumbler
then change the width and height to what looks good, I did both of mine at 3
I did the sample 10 x 20
Then it’s coloring time!
You may notice that two neighboring tumblers are the same color then they are offset on the next row and so on, an easy way to color is with the straight line paint brush
This was my original sketch BECAUSE that was the batiks I had on hand at first- remember
(This one had skinny tumblers and the GO cutter they are “fatter” so the finished top was a lot shorter.
Then with the NEW batiks, I tried again and followed the same pattern and now used the WANT to just replace certain colors
and I added more rows
here’s another version
I just kept 9 colors in the quilts.
Here I’m using the wand again and holding down CTRL while clicking on the color I want to be replaced, here since it’s in rows, you have to click around 4 times, as it will only color one tumbler that’s upright and flipped in one row and the row below is flipped so you have to color those twice as well.
here’s another one
another fun way to just “get ideas” for colors is to use the random recolor tool
then you can map to fabrics
Now instead of calculating or counting how many of each you need, just use the print preview for fabric yardage and next to the color swatches, it shows how many times each one is used
Now the yardage may not be right if you’re using the tumbler GO die, just reference what the paperwork says, i.e. 1yd = how many tumblers or how many per WOF.
Have fun with the tumbler layout in EQ!
Do comment if you’ve made a tumbler quilt before and maybe link to a post that shows it