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Saturday, November 8, 2008

mini tutorial

This pattern originally came out in a quilt book in the mid 1990's from That Patchwork Place and if my memory is right they called the pattern Tribble Trouble. The book (don't remember the name) has been discontinued and now I see the pattern in several other publications. This is the book I worked out of for my flannel version.
You start out cutting squares, then cutting them in half diagonally, and then sewing lights and darks together to make blocks. The same light fabric is used throughout the quilt.

Then the block is sliced into 4 equal parts. (So you want a size easily divisible by 4, like 8")
Next the pieces are placed in reverse order from left to right and a strip of the darker fabric is placed at the left to finish the block. You will be using 5 different dark plaids in a block so you do a lot of cutting before you choose groups for the blocks. I just cut one block for this tutorial.
You can see in the picture that they extended half blocks into the border. I made one just like the book but since I am out of my background fabric I can't do that on the one I am making now. It will just have traditional borders to finish it into the size I want.

To answer some questions about the curtain grommets in the purse/tote yesterday, yes they are plastic and you snap them together with your fingers, no tools needed. They come in many different finishes that look like metal. You can't put them in the dryer, but purses don't get washed that often (if ever) so that shouldn't be a problem.

20 comments:

Vicki W said...

I've always liked that pattern. What a comfy quilt that will be in flannel!

Stephanie D. said...

That looks like a variation on delectable mountains, but is so much easier than I envsioned.

Thanks for the tutorial!

Paula said...

Thanks for the tutorial. It does look easy and I think it would be a great scrap user.

Joyce said...

That pattern looks like a great way to use up some of my scraps.

Sequana said...

Well, that looks easy! Certainly easier than Buzzsaw I found at Quilter's Cache - that one was paper pieced.

Thx so much for taking the time to do this. I'll be printing it out and using it soon.

jovaliquilts said...

Thanks for the tutorial. So glad you showed that photo at the end -- I was picturing the lights as background, but they are what pop. Takes a lot of experience and attention-paying to know how these things will work.

Michael5000 said...

Hmm, clever pattern. As others are saying, I wouldn't have expected it to be so simple.

Anonymous said...

You took "Tribble Trouble" and tamed it down. It is a great tutorial. Thank you.

J~MT

LC said...

This is a great stash-buster pattern. Thanks for showing us how easy it is, but I'm not so sure how grateful I am because I want to go and make it right now... and you know how many UFOs I already have. LOL!

hugs

Tine said...

Thanks for the tutorial! This is definately going on my to-do list! It looks so beautiful :-)

Vicky said...

Hi Wanda,
Thanks for the eye-opening tutorial.
It's one of those blocks that looks a lot harder than it appears.
What size squares did you start with before starting the process?
I forsee lots of half square triangles in my future.
Vicky F

meggie said...

Thanks for the tutorial on those blocks. Now, to get sewing!

Jean said...

I did this one once and it was called Delectable Mountains, I think in an Eleanor Burns book. But you lay them out differently for that one.
Great job!

Quiltdivajulie said...

When I was working at the local quilt shop in early 2005, one of my co-workers made Tribble Trouble... your tutorial is GREAT compared to her pattern!

Gene Black said...

Thanks Wanda. I looked close when you posted them and had it kinda figured out, but this makes it so much easier. And seeing the pic of the quilt really helps.

Thankee, thankee!

hetty said...

I have made this pattern before when it was taught at our guild. It's amazing how easy it is. While cleaning up this morning I actually found a few of the blocks I had made. Mine were all one colour, like in your tutorial, but I think I would love to do a scrappy one - maybe later, after I finish some of my UFOs.

Sharon said...

Thanks for the tutorial. You make it look so easy! That would be fun in flannel!

Wanda said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I learn so much from you. I never even thought of cutting blocks. And thanks for the tips on washing. I have been thinking about that but didn't know what to do.

Sheila in Ohio said...

The book you couldn't remember is 'Start with Squares' by Martha Thompson. I've always loved this quilt and made several!

Sheila in Ohio said...

Oh, I meant to say also... someone mentioned that the light value pops when she thought that would be the background. Actually the value that pops will be the opposite of whatever is in the corner, so it doesn't have to be the same all the time. You showed an earlier picture where the lights were in the corners, so it gave a different impression.