CRUMB QUILT PATTERN


Crumb quilt

Crumb quilt

The term ‘crumb quilts’ conjures up such lovely images for me:  chocolate biscuits and things.  Once again quilting and food are interwoven!  I go through phases of trying to organse my fabric scraps – shall I separate the scraps into light, medium and dark, or would it be better if I put all the blues in one pile, reds in another and so on.  Maybe it would be more useful to store them by size:  1″ scraps together, 2″ scraps together.  In the end I can’t escape the conclusion that using them is the best option.  crumb quilts fit the bill beautifully because you can use any size or colour.  I have seen crumb quilts with themed blocks of animals, flowers or colours but mine tend to be a glorious jumble of everything.

Making the crumb quilt blocks

A pile of scraps

A pile of scraps

Select a few to start the crumb quilt block

Select a few to start the crumb quilt block

 

I began with a pile of fabric scraps and selected out a few smaller pieces to act as the starting point for the crumb quilt blocks.  The finished quilt size is 40″ by 60″, using twelve crumb quilt blocks and twelve four patch quilt blocks.

 

Select more scraps

Select more scraps

Trim the edges of the scraps

Trim the edges of the scraps

Select more scraps and begin sewing them to the first scraps.  Right sides together and 1/4″ seams as for any quilt blocks.  Don’t worry too much about size.  The important thing is to have a straight edge to sew the next scrap to, so trim the edges as shown on the right.

 

Sew short scraps together

Sew short scraps together

Cut wide strips into smaller strips

Cut wide strips into smaller strips

If you have a short strip sew several scraps to it as shown on the left and if you have a wide strip cut it into thinner strips as shown on the right.  Note that the strips I have cut on the right are cut to give strips thicker at one end than the other.  This helps to keep lots of slants in the crumb quilt block.

 

 

Trim the blocks to give straight edges

Trim the blocks to give straight edges

Make several blocks at once

Make several blocks at once

Continue adding scrap pieces to the crumb quilt blocks, pressing after each addition and then trimming to make a straight edge.  I began with four crumb quilt blocks on the go to save having to get up and press just one block at a time.  However I soon found that I had seven or eight on the go because I kept thinking I’d sew a couple more scraps together before I got up.  I then became a little frustrated because I had so many part blocks without a single one completed, so maybe that wasn’t such a good idea.

Use triangles if you have them

Use triangles if you have them

Make blocks larger than 10.1/2" square

Make blocks larger than 10.1/2″ square

Occasionally I would sew squares together and make half square triangles just to give a little more to catch the eye.  I began this crumb quilt thinking that I would make 6.1/2″ quilt blocks, but I soon realised that I would be finished the block before I’d begun, so I decided to make 10.1/2″ blocks.  That meant making my crumb quilt blocks larger than 10.1/2″ square.

 

Cutting the crumb quilt blocks to shape

Use a square to decide where to cut

Use a square to decide where to cut

There are options for cutting

There are options for cutting

In order to measure the blocks, I cut a 10.1/2″ square of brown paper – memo to self ‘time to buy a square ruler!’  I played around with the paper square on each quilt block to decide where to cut to make it a 10.1/2″ block.  As the scrap block is larger than needed, you have options of swivelling the block to decide where to cut the edge.

 

Cut two edges straight

Cut two edges straight

Then cut the other two edges of the crumb quilt block

Then cut the other two edges of the crumb quilt block

 

Having decided where to make the first cut, that guides you to the second cut 10.1/2″ away.  Then swivel the crumb quilt block, line up a cut line with a line on your mat and cut the two edges in the other direction.

 

Sewing the crumb quilt together

Should I use black sashing?

Should I use black sashing?

I decided on four patch blocks between the crumb blocks

I decided on four patch blocks between the crumb blocks

 

I wondered whether to use black sashing between the crumb quilt blocks as on the left, but decided to make black and grey four patch blocks to go between the blocks as on the right.

 

 

Sew two strips together

Sew two strips together

Make four patch units

Make four patch units

 

To make the four patch blocks, cut 5.1/2″ strips of fabric in black and grey and sew the strips together.  Cut across the double strip at 5.1/2″ intervals and sew these strips together in pairs with the colours alternating as shown on the right.

 

Alternate the crumb quilt blocks and the four patch blocks

Alternate the crumb quilt blocks and the four patch blocks

 

Alternate the crumb quilt blocks with the four patch blocks and sew together in four rows of six blocks – each row is made up of three crumb quilt blocks and three four patch blocks.

The crumb quilt top is now complete and ready for layering, quilting and binding.

 

Here’s the video:

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Carla J Seeks says:

    I so love your posts. I have learned so much. I spent last evening cutting up scraps so this crumb quilt is exactly what is inspiring. We are planning a Princess cruise beginning in London next September 2017….are you near London? Well, Tata. A USA fan.

    • Hi Carla. Thanks for your kind words. Your cruise sounds amazing – I hope you have a wonderful time. I live about a 2 hour train ride from London.

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