My friend, Sherry Gray, sent an email yesterday saying she had just finished her crumb block quilt. She is committed to making comfort (charity) quilts and is one of the most prolific piecers I have ever met. I’m not sure where she came across the crumb block concept, but she loves it. I asked her to describe how she makes the blocks and will use her description below.
From Sherry: I made this quilt because the price of fabric has gone so high and it’s a good way to make a comfort quilt without buying too much fabric. Now that I know how to make a crumb block, I have my little pieces organized somewhat by size so I can just whip out one or two blocks a week without having to make all the blocks at once. Then all that will be left is sashing and a border.
I start with two small pieces, because the seams grow longer as you add pieces around the center. Ideally, it works best if you wind up with a block with more than four sides because you have shorter seams. Generally, after a seam is made I angle the block and make a straight cut, then add another scrap, or cut-off piece from the previous block I made. When the edges get long, and I can’t add more scrappy block pieces, I add a 2-1/2 or 3-1/2 inch strip. That strip is cut when the block is sized, and you then have a scrappy start to the next block.
I did not do foundation piecing, but I did press the seams as I went. The first blocks I made didn’t seem to be turning out the way I thought they would, so I cut them up and reused them! (You can see some of the cut up blocks in the closeup of the blocks above) The scrappy blocks are 6 1/2 finished and the sashing is 1″ finished.