Tumbler Candle Mat

I purchased this at the Iowa AQS show. Pieces already chosen and cut.


Easy peasy. Not so much.


I almost named this, “My worst piecing ever” because it is. This is my first time piecing a tumbler block and in order to square it up, I trimmed off the edges unevenly.

Not sure where I went wrong. I wish I had another kit so I could try it again. Not sure I want to cut all those tiny pieces myself.

It’s cute and I planned to give it as a gift, before the poor piecing. It finishes at 10 x 11 1/2.

2-DSCN5632Any tumbler block experts out there? Any ideas on how to prevent this the next time?

Learning on the Journey, Jackie

  • SandyH

    I’ve never done one so I can’t be any help. Those pieces must’ve been small to start! Something like 1 or 1 1/2″?

  • Susan Owenby

    I’ve never done one either. I’m not even positive I know what it is supposed to look like! Right wrong or indifferent, I like it.

  • Diane Rincon

    I’ve never made a tumbler piece, so I have no idea. I’m interested to see what others say. It’s a tipsy tumbler, cute that way though.

  • Patricia L.

    If you match small ends to small and large to large they line up. I haven’t seen them stacked like that before.

  • Paul Burega

    yes, the standard tumbler block pattern has the column intersections line up, making like staggered hour glass figures (should look like a lava lamp if you recall what those look like). Just like a nine-patch, where the seams meet at each intersection.

    • Jackie

      Thanks Paul. I noticed that when I checked online at others. The pattern however directed them the other way. Maybe I need to try it the other way in the future.

      Jackie Berdych
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