Hullo Belinda and welcome
You have already had some great advice.
The tumbling blocks pattern was never really intended for machine
piecing. That is not to say that it can't be done, but it is more
difficult. The original way is to hand piece it with the diamonds
folded and sewn round pieces of thickish paper or thin card (well, they
used anything really). These are then whip-stitched together. This
takes care of all the distortion that can occur using pieces with off
the grain line edges.
I certainly endorse the advice to start with something that can be cut
on the grain. Just look for a pattern which has no triangles, diamonds
or anything like that - for a start.
If you are adamant about doing your tumbling blocks *now* and not
leaving it aside for a little while, try spray starching the pieces -
that usually helps. And do be sure to sew only from seamline corner to
seamline corner *NOT* from edge of the fabric to edge of the fabric.
This really is not an easy pattern to start with though, and I'd hate
for you to become discouraged with the whole quilting adventure.
>the question i have is probably silly but being new to quilting i have
>found that no matter what the problem is there is a answer.
>i was on a search for a simple quilt to start with and found the
>(tumbler) quilt design. thinking it would be fairly easy because how
>hard can it be to sew a one patch quilt together.
>i was wrong,,,,,,
>after i started sewing the pieces together i found that no matter what i
>did i couldn't get them to line up right. i have tried everything that i
>know to do. no matter how i do this the pieces have highs and lows and
>are not even.can anyone give me some advice as to what i am doing wrong
pat on the hill