The crumb blocks never go away
Some day I will stop making crumb blocks from leftover fabrics. At least, I hope that I will! But all those fabric bits are still "good" and it pains me to toss them out. These blocks were made from the leftovers of the Fractured Fragments Quilt that I made in 2015. That quilt was made from the leftovers of a king sized Fractured quilt that I made in 2013. These crumb blocks have been laying around for a while.
After I finished the postage stamp quilt top in July I needed another project for sewing weekend with my quilt club. We meet once a month on Friday and Saturday to sew all day and I like to have a separate project that I can keep packed and ready to go there. These crumb blocks were next in line. I even had some yellow and purple fabrics in my stash to go with them.
I started with this design but when I got to sewing Friday morning I soon realized that I didn't have enough purple fabric.
So I changed the design to this. Where this quilt is going this smaller size will work just fine.
After lunch I had all of the cutting done and started making star points. I made 8 blocks before I realized that I was bored out of my mind. I decided to quit for the day and head home and finish up my Paula Nadelstern quilt top.
While working on my sample quilt I realized that I did not want this crumb block quilt to take 2 months. My next sewing weekend quilt will be the Maine quilt made from my sun prints and I'd really like to get on with it. I came up with a much simpler plan and even with a ton of new cutting, mis-cuts, patching blocks back together I finished the top.
It's not going to win any awards but I kind of like it! Most importantly it's done and ready for quilting and I can start my Maine quilt next month.
9/11/2017 03:46:46 pm
I like your finished top a lot, Vicki. The simply setting made those blocks pop!
9/11/2017 04:39:14 pm
Love, love, love the purple and "gold" (yellow). It's very JMU. I'll bet it's soft and cozy too.
9/11/2017 05:10:22 pm
I hope I never stop making crumb blocks. I hope I can continue how to make great quilt designs with them. Great job on yours.
9/11/2017 06:05:57 pm
It looks great to me. I love any stage that I consider a "finish" and this is a finished top - so YAAAY!
I do not use a foundation. I start by sewing a string of 2 pieces together. then I trim them and finger press the pieces open. Then I sew those to another scrap and keep sewing until I'm out of pieces. Then I start sewing the pieced crumbs together until I have blocks the size that I want. Once they start getting a bit bigger I'll start pressing after each seam. But the whole operation is done chain pieced so it's pretty fast.
Vicki in MN
9/12/2017 07:24:35 am
I love seeing your crumb blocks-I wouldn't be able to throw the scraps away either as I LOVE scraps! It's just fun seeing what can be made instead of ending in the landfill. Good work getting it done so quickly!
9/12/2017 09:31:05 am
I kind of like it too, controlled chaos.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.