Monday, July 13, 2020

Making Blocks from Crumbs

Hi all! It's a tutorial day and all about making blocks from crumbs!

making blocks from crumbs youtube QuiltFabrication

Every time I post my RSC2020 pinwheel blocks made from crumbs, they always receive a lot of love, as they should. Not only are they fascinating to look at because of all the different fabrics in them, but they are such a great way to use up all those small bits and pieces leftover from other quilt projects. My favorite is the pink one from June.

pink pinwheel block made from crumbs

Ever since I launched the Celilo quilt pattern, I've been wanting to make the rainbow lap version. And what better way to do that than with block units created from the scrap bag, especially those crumbs. So I've pulled out the bags that are ROY G BIV, and like RSC2020, hope to sew a color a month. I've got some squares, rectangles, strips, etc, but there's also those oddities that lurk there too.

ROY G BIV color scrap collection

I love this method of creating blocks from my scrap bag, as all those small, odd pieces give such dimension to the block. And I'd thought I'd share my process with a video tutorial of Making Blocks from Crumbs. You can watch as I group and stitch pieces together, offering suggestions and tips along the way. At the end, I show a few quilts made from crumbs, along with some construction hints too.

Enjoy the video, and embrace those crumbs - they have every right to go into a quilt and get the love they deserve!

Happy Quilting!

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  1. Well Susan great minds think alike, because I am sewing my green scraps together right now like this. I love using up scraps making crumb quilts as well. I wrote a tutorial how to sew scraps together a few years ago and it's on Craftsy for free. And yay that Craftsy is returning, but I wonder if we indie designers will still be able to sell on there again? Time will tell.

  2. Hi Susan, that's a really great tutorial. Thanks so much for creating it. Take care.

  3. I love the crumb block, it has so much interest.

  4. Loved watching your tutorial. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. That's basically how I sew crumb blocks, too, except I usually trim off any selvages before adding a crumb to the block. It's a fun way to use up tiny scraps, although I sometimes spend too much time trying to find the right size piece to add when I should just sew it on and trim if necessary. Thanks for the tutorial.

  6. Nice!! Thanks for showing how you do it!

  7. Such a fun tutorial. I love crumbs and started some awhile back but need to do more and then make something with them!

  8. I've been wanting to try something like this with some of my scraps. I love the look, and it's like free fabric. :) Thanks for sharing your video on MCM!

  9. Hi Susan! Thanks so much for sharing this video. I think a crumb quilt just might be in my near future. I'm never made one but I sure do love what you've shared - especially that pink pinwheel. Thanks for linking up this week. ~smile~ Roseanne

  10. Thank you, too, for linking up!


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