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Quiltville Custom Quilting
Barb's Crumb Blocks!
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I'd like to thank Barb Horte for agreeing to send me her method of crumb-piecing! We all have different ways and methods we prefer to work with and I thought her directions would be of benefit to everyone who likes to make bigger crumb blocks! She has great ideas! It is especially fun for me to work in collaboration with other quilters. I learn so much, and i'm sure you will too!
Notes From Barb:
I make quilts! Patchwork quilt tops mostly because that’s the fun part. I seem to accumulate stacks of unquilted tops because I don’t know anyone else that actually needs a quilt.
I grew up on a farm in the middle of the province of British Columbia,Canada, the fourth of nine children. Mom sewed our clothes and did crafts. Grandma made quilts from old clothes. I sewed clothes from the time I was fourteen and have always loved working with fabric. Over the years I did a lot of other crafts: knitting, embroidery, huck weaving, macramé, crochet, but didn’t find the perfect one until I took a 12-week night school class and made my first sampler quilt with spaceship flannelette on the back.
My second quilt was made of sewing scraps, leftover from making kid's clothes. Most were cotton-poly, but my daughter loved the quilt and wore it down to almost nothing. I don't do the other crafts anymore, I make QUILTS!
Barb's Helpful Hints:
This block can be made any size. Use small scraps to make 3" or 6" blocks, or wider strips to make 12" blocks. My favorite is to cut the blocks 9½ inches, which makes a 9" finished block.
Building Two Blocks:
These are the starting crumbs for the two:
I’ve added a blue triangle with a straight edge to the curved edge of the orange piece. On the right I added a straight piece to the straight edge of the starting crumb.
Press after every seam. Before pressing the blue piece away from the orange, I trimmed the orange piece to reduce bulk.
Building the blocks, straightening each block with the next piece I’m adding. On the left a small piece with a straight edge. The piece is wider than the edge I’m sewing it to, to make sure I have room to trim. On the right I’m adding a strip following slanted line on the block. After sewing the strip on I’ll trim away the pink above it.
After trimming the pink out from under the new strip, I pressed both the new pieces away from their blocks rather than try to force a seam to press under.
Another piece sewed to each block. The black triangle sewed to the left piece has a straight edge that I sewed against. After sewing the seam I trimmed the green corner away before pressing.
The new crumbs are pressed away from the center of the block.
This time the unit I’m adding on the left is made up of two smaller squares. Before pressing, trim away the black corner on the lower left. On the right I’m adding a black triangle on the slanted edge on the top right of the piece.
Both of the strips I’m adding here will straighten the edge I’m adding it to. After sewing, trim the seam allowance to about ¼ inch.
I have added green corners to both blocks, using a rectangle that I cut in half on the diagonal.
Keep adding strips to increase the size of the blocks. I’m starting to think about the final block now, deciding what two edges I’ll keep and which I’ll build on. In this picture, the top right of both blocks is a corner that I’ll keep as a corner of the block. I will build up the other edges to get to the final size of 9½ inches.
I’m starting to have a lot of short ends from trimming strips now, so I sewed them together to make pieced strips. I sewed the pieces together and then used the rotary cutter to make a straight edge on each of them. I’m finishing this block using strips to increase the size, keeping that one green corner and building on the other edges.
I’m building this block using the pieced strips I made from leftovers. On the lower left edge is one of the pieced strips I made, and on the left edge is the other pieced strip I made. When I measured it with the ruler, I found it a bit small on the lower left edge so I added a triangle I’d trimmed off previously. Using my 9½ inch square ruler, I can see that this piece is almost big enough. The top left edge is needs a bit more.
This block is also slightly small on the upper left edge. Those triangles you get from trimming seam allowances come in really handy at the end to fill in corners. Both blocks are completed!
More of Barb's Quilts!
Thank you Barb, for sharing your crumb piecing methods!