Saturday, May 29, 2010
Blue and Yellow Crumb Quilt Finished
Blue and Yellow Crumb Quilt
54" Square Top is all from stash.
This top began on a day when I was a little bored with no quilt deadlines in the near future. Some time ago I sorted my scraps by width and color temperature (cool and warm). The scraps all fit into six 12" x 12" x 2" plastic drawers, except a collection of less than 2.5" cool colors, which I stored in a brown paper lunch bag on top of the drawers. The bag had been bugging me for a while so I decided to do something with it.
I found a few long strips and sewed smaller pieces to it, chain piecing style. I cut those apart and added them to another long strip. I played like this for a while, adding strips or smaller pieces, trimming edges as I went. I didn't worry about whether the blocks were square or the same size. I made nine good sized blocks and decided I'd done enough of them. I could have made the blocks larger or created more, but I'd reached the Been There, Done That stage, so I stopped. By the way, I had lots of those less than 2.5" scraps left, all of which I gave to Project Linus--both cool and warm colors. Someone will enjoy working with them.
A sample of the crumb blocks
So now how do I make a quilt of these blocks? I sketched a quilt design with 9 blocks and decided that 12" finished would be good, with a couple of borders to bring the quilt to a nice lap size. I found a bright yellow print for bold contrast with the blocks. If the blocks were 6.5" square (which they weren't) I would need 3.5" strips to end up with 12.5" finished blocks. After some figuring I cut 4.5" strips and framed each block in the yellow fabric to build them oversized.