Tumbling blocks with no Y seams video tutorial

Video tutorial: tumbling blocks with no Y seams

Tumbling blocks without Y seams

This tutorial is for making tumbling blocks using strips sewn together – no Y seams.

This technique has been attributed to Rebecca McCreary but also to Marci Baker. The technique is very easy to make. The only requirement is to be accurate with the cutting of the strips.

How to make quick and easy tumbling or baby blocks

Learn how to make baby blocks in less than 3 minutes:

Tumbling block size

Each individual tumbling block size is about 4 1/2 x 3 7/8 inches.


You will need a 60 degree ruler or a square ruler with a 60 degree marking.

Piece 1

  • One 3 inch strip x width of fabric (WOF) in cream/white
  • Two 2 1/2 inch strip x WOF in dark red or any other dark colour

Piece 2

  • One 3 inch strip x width of fabric (WOF) in cream/white
  • Two 2 1/2 inch strip x WOF in yellow or any other medium colour

Video tutorial: No Y seams tumbling blocks - easy quilting


36 thoughts on “Video tutorial: tumbling blocks with no Y seams”

  1. Hello i love this! If i wanted to make blocks with a 5″ center would my outer srrips need to be 4.5″ and i cut the sewn in strips 4.5″. Any help world be appreciated. Thanks!

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  2. Hi Lyndsay, I don’t have the answer to that but you can do a test with paper. Draw your lines on a piece of paper and see if you can cut at a 60 degree angle from corner to corner.


  3. Am I the only person/quilter who does not have access to video tutorials? I was disappointed that there were no printed instructions…can you help me out here? It sounds lovely and I have done the Y seam process, so would really like to be able to do your method. Thanks, Jo

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  4. Your tutorial is too fast for me. Do you have a printed direction for me to study and follow? Thank you. Maggie Marshall


  5. Have a look at the commentary above and you’ll find the link to a written tutorial using this technique


  6. I love this quilt, This is my first attemp. I am having a very hard time cutting the trips in half using a 60 degree triangle, I can;t get the 60* angle to go corner to corner

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  7. This technique can be a bit tricky. You need to be very accurate with the cutting and sewing of the strips, which I wasn’t. So you may need to kind of “fake” it by cutting at a slightly smaller or bigger angle and then I also used a bit engineering to sew them together.


  8. I don’t see it written anywhere how much you need for a quilt. do you have any estimates of yardage for a baby quilt? thanks!


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