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with Karen Combs
Online Class

New Directions in Tumbling Blocks

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Create a striking table runner and nine-patch quilt with dazzling dimension! Expert quilter Karen Combs will help you harness color, value and texture to create the illusion of depth, starting with her must-have fabric selection tips. You'll learn to use templates or a standard ruler to cut accurate 60-degree diamonds, and follow along with Karen to achieve precisely pieced 3-D cubes for your runner. Then, learn foolproof methods for perfectly aligning rows and conquering tricky Y-seams as you complete your nine-patch project. Along the way, Karen reveals inspiring possibilities for border treatments, unique stitching details and customized tumbling-block designs.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h11m

Included in this Class

1. Fabric Selection

1. Fabric Selection

Meet your instructor, quilting teacher and author Karen Combs, and get a sneak peek at the gorgeous, head-turning cubes you'll make in this class. Karen explains how the illusion of depth works and shares tips for choosing fabrics that will help trick the eye into seeing 3-D objects!

2. 3-D Tumbling Blocks

2. 3-D Tumbling Blocks

Embark on the creation of a tumbling block with Karen's guidance. You'll make a three-block table runner using one color family in this beginner-friendly project. Along the way, Karen shows you how to prepare and cut your fabric at symmetrical 60-degree angles.

3. Table Runner Background

3. Table Runner Background

Complete the table runner you started in Lesson 2, and be prepared for a surprise when you learn that the background fabric simply consists of multiple wedges! Karen shows you how to sew the blocks, demonstrates border treatments and shares suggestions for beautiful quilting ideas.