Ask Jo: Crumb Quilts

Every so often questions and comments come from readers that I think others would like to hear my response too.  That’s when I feature them on the blog.  This is one of those days. Today I am only answering one question from Melonie about Crumb Quilts.

Melonie asked:
I’ve been planning to make a wacky quilt like you made for a couple of your grandsons.  You had a series of tutorial on your blog.   Could you please give me directions so I can find that series?”

The quilts that Melonie is asking about are my ABC Crumb quilts…I’ve made several. Kalissa got the first one. It was big…

You can read more about it HERE.

She was a teenager when I made it for her. I had such a big response to the quilt that I did a bit of a series of tutorials on how to make a quilt like that. I had to make more blocks for the tutorial and ended up making them into a baby quilt. I determined it would be for my first grandkid. It turns out Carver owns it. You can read more about it HERE.

In the process, I made this one…I wanted to see what it would be like to make one that didn’t involve recycled shirts.

This one is a combination of crumb blocks and string blocks. You can read more about it HERE.

Then my daughter Kalissa was pregnant with her next kiddo and I asked her what she wanted for a baby quilt. She said one like Carvers. So I made Gannon’s. You can read about it HERE.

My daughter Kelli was pregnant next. She wanted the same style of quilt. This is Georgia’s. A girl version. HERE is more info about her quilt.

I went on and made a doll quilt for Georgia. I was supposed to “match” her baby quilt. You can see more about it and a machine binding video HERE.

All along the way I had gotten many requests to show people how I make the letters. I promised if I ever made a quilt like this again, I would do a tutorial. Well…you guessed it. My daughter Kalissa was pregnant again. She requested a similar baby quilt.

I wanted his to be a little different. Also, he’ll likely never find anything with his name on so I put it on his quilt. You can read more about his quilt HERE. As promised I did do tutorials on how to make all of the letters. I did them in video form. You can find them HERE.

I also did the free-form crumb piecing work on this quilt for my son-in-law, Craig.

The inside of the quilt is Bonnie Hunter’s Virginia Bound quilt…the outside, my own design.

….and that is my saga of making crumb quilts. I do not claim for a second to be an expert at it. I’ve learned something every time I’ve made one…and as you can see, I am experienced.

I do have instructions for them…well it’s actually just instructions on how I made some of the blocks. I wrote them after I made my first quilt and was in the process of making my second. You can find the instructions HERE. It’s a series of instructions.

I really do love this style of quilting. It’s time-consuming but I love how it breaks the rules and there are no instructions!! I’m a bit of a rebel you know….and Melonie, that was deep dive into answering your question about my crumb quilting.

6 thoughts on “Ask Jo: Crumb Quilts”

  1. Colleen Powshik

    I love all these quilts I don’t think I could pick a favorite! I followed your tutorials for the alphabet and used them to write a message on the back of my granddaughter’s quilt on her way to University. I think I will try one of these quilts for my future great grandchildren…so that silly..;I donèt know!
    Thank you for your blog I read it every morning and appreciate the time you take to sit down and write it.
    I was wondering if you have your son’s recipe for Mac and Cheese and I missed it or don’t know where to find it?
    Have a great day and I wish you well
    Colleen P

  2. It is so fun to see this quilts again. I liked them when you first showed them and still admire them now. I especially like Georgia’s.

  3. These quilts make my heart happy! I have a WIP of letters and one of these days I will get back to it.

  4. I have made 5 of this style of quilt for my grandchildren. Currently working on the 6th and soon after that one is done the 7th. Thank you Jo for opening my mind about sewing a little more, I’m a rebel at heart already and this style really influenced me. I just love them! They are one of a kind quilts and so unique. My grandbabies just love them. Scrappy all the way is my absolute favorite!

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