Tuesday, November 11, 2014


This month we are stepping way out of the traditional quilt block box and will be making CRUMB BLOCKS. 

1. A small piece broken or fallen from cake, bread, or other baked goods.
2. A small fragment of scrap - (that's us!)
We usually throw away our smallest scraps of fabric, but Vicki shared some of hers with me and they are just perfect for this project, so let's try making an ART QUILT and see what happens, okay? 
There aren't many rules for making these blocks; just take a pile of fabric crumbs and sew them together until they are the desired size, in this case the trim size is 6 1/2". Don't worry about the width of your seams and any thread color is fine. Just have fun sewing fabrics together. 
I have made a Crumb Kit for each of you, using Vicki's beautiful hand dyed fabrics along with a few others I've thrown in. If you need or want to, just add a fabric of your own to the block you are making. (batiks would be a good choice)
The directions are pretty simple.
1. Sew two pieces of fabric together and press open (pick a light and dark).
2. Trim one side (any side) so it is straight.
3. Sew a fabric to the side you just trimmed and press open.
4. Repeat steps 2 & 3 until the block is slightly bigger than a 6 1/2" square.
Here are step by step pictures:
 A pile of fabric crumbs
 Sew 2 pieces together - light & dark
 Trim one side
Add piece 3 to the side you just trimmed
 Trim a straight line (it could be on any side)
Sew another crumb to the side you just trimmed
 Trim to make a straight edge
Sew another piece (here I sewed two blue crumbs together)
Sewn and ready to cut a straight edge 
 Here I made a unit of crumbs to attach to the first section
 Keep sewing crumb pieces together until the desired size
 The blocks will be trimmed using a 6 1/2" square
 Ready to trim
 Finished block trimmed to 6 1/2"

 Doesn't it look good with black sashing - wonky, of course!
I'm hoping we can make an ART QUILT with our CRUMB BLOCKS.
Perhaps it can be a fundraiser quilt for The Virginia Quilt Museum. 
Please, return the blocks at our December meeting.
You do not have to trim the blocks - I'll be glad to do that when I add the sashing.
NOTE: We will not have a Block of the Month for December.

Happy Sewing!

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