Constructing That Crumb Quilt…

I showed you my Crumb Quilt  earlier and Bonnie Hunter even featured it on her blog.

CrumbQuilt-1

I knew I’d get questions on how I put it together…so as I was constructing it, I took a few photos.

When working with crumb pieces, everything that you learned about bias, forget.  With crumb quilting it make no difference if there is a bias or no bias.   I started with TWO crumb blocks.  Each is 6″ square.  One block has a block or design.  The other block is completely random.  Cut the random block in half on the diagonal.

CrumbBlock-1

Take those two triangles and sew them onto the crumb block.

CrumbBlock-2

Trim the overhanging pieces off.

CrumbBlock-3

Sew a 6″ neutral string block.  Cut it in half on the diagonal making sure to cut with the diagonal.  Sew them to the block.

CrumbBlock-4

When the blocks are sewn together, they create the fun neutral secondary pattern.

CrumbQuilt-4

See, that wasn’t hard.  It just looks harder than it is….If you have questions, ask away!

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13 thoughts on “Constructing That Crumb Quilt…

  1. Dee Johnson

    The neutral really makes the quilt “pattern”, giving they eyes a rest. So with all the seams, will you find it hard to quilt? Will you use a panto?

  2. Deb

    Your soooo smart. I still have my crumb blocks from your challenange. (using them as leader/ Enders). I was going to try to set them on point.

    Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU

  3. Vic in NH

    Thanks, Jo, for a great quick tutorial. I love the way you give lots of clear photos with your directions so that I know just what you are talking about. Good job! Thanks for sharing it here.
    Because of printing costs, lots of photos in a book are very expensive to produce. But, now, digital photography allows us to view lots of photos very inexpensively. I love what technology allows us to do!

  4. Karen C in San Diego

    Thanks Jo for sharing the process. It’s fun how a relatively simple block can create a more complicated design! Love that quilt!

  5. Mary

    This is great, I didn’t finish enough blocks for a decent size quilt, so setting them like this will fill it out. And I might even make a few more, in the complete random style to cut up.

  6. Mary Hopkins

    WOW! I thought all those crumb blocks were sashing around the string blocks. GOSH this way is SOO much easier! I had several sashing strips made. Now I bet I have enough to make the whole thing with the string corners! LOL! Thanks for the tut!

  7. Diane / FL

    Do you think the quilt ends up being heavier? I was thinking with all of the seams it might be heavier than I would every want living here is hot Florida. Of course I don’t have to sleep under it, it could just be for show. Or it could be like the rest of what I make, just a top! :) They don’t call me the crazy topper for nothing! :)
    Loved the tutorial, it explained a lot. Thanks

  8. cindy

    Thanks for the tutorial. I love this quilt, but haven’t even started to make my crumb blocks. As soon as a finish up some of my other projects, I’m going to try and make some crumb blocks. Thanks for sharing.

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