I thought I would give you a little preview of my crumb quilt. So far, I am loving this quilt. I especially love that it is made with all recycled fabric. Feel free to join in the fun and crumb along…it’s not too late. Here’s a link to get you started.
Please note that everyone who is doing the crumb along will have a different looking quilt. I just wanted to give you a visual so you can start making some decisions on your own quilt.
Mine is going to be a baby quilt with the alphabet around the outside edge. In the center will be 42 blocks set in a 6 x 7 setting. When I initially decided to make this I thought I would make 36 blocks for the center in a 6×6 setting. After laying things out, I can see the alphabet looks best with the larger setting. I am in the process of making more blocks to put in the blank spots.
I am planning a narrow 2″ or 2.5″ solid red (maybe the polka dot) inner border which will go between the blocks and the alphabet.
If you have more than 10 blocks made, I suggest laying the blocks out. Ask yourself a few questions….
-Is there an even balance of color?
-What blocks do you want to make multiples of?
-Is there enough of the constant color? Does it “POP”?
-Will there be words in the border? If so, how many words will there be?
-After the words are made, approximately how many more blocks will be needed?
I prefer to make blocks that have a pattern to them rather than scrappy crumb blocks, so I am not making many “regular” crumb blocks. In the original quilt I altered, with a “regular” crumb block and a patterned block. Look, you can see them alternating in the setting on the original. Is that something you want to do with yours?
There are lots of decisions to make as you go…I just thought you might want to start thinking about some of those things.
Stop back tomorrow. The next installment is nine patch and four patch blocks.
If you are planning on making letters or words, you might want Tonya’s book Word Play Quilts: Easy Techniques from the UnRuly Quilter (That Patchwork Place).