I had a blog reader contact me and asked if I would do a tutorial on how I make my Red Diamond Crumb Quilt blocks. I’m so happy she asked while I was still in the middle of making blocks because it was easy for me to snap a few pictures as I went along.
To make the blocks I used a 1 1/2″ cut red square for the center. From there, I needed four triangles. These don’t need to be a specific size.
I save the triangles that come from sewing binding strips together.
As I bind quilts I collect the triangles and keep them in a jar like this…
I sew triangles to two sides of the square as shown below.
Then I trim the “ears” off.
Then I add triangles to the remaining two sides. Your piece will look kind of ugly like the one below.
I sometime randomly square it up with my scissors.
Sometimes I take a group of them to the cutting table and square them all up. Either way works.
Sometimes I sew them so all four corners are the same color and print. Sometimes I let them all be random. Either way works.
From there it’s just like piecing any crumb block. I start adding pieces to the sides.
Typically I add two pieces to each unit and then take it to the ironing board and give it a good press.
I often have a long strip and then cut it off with scissors.
You might notice in the piece below how the orange piece of the block has a wide seam. That’s totally okay.
I try really hard to use up a strip once I pick it up. You can see that the little white strip with the fishies is being used several times in an effort to use the entire strip.
I usually work with about four blocks at a time chain piecing and cutting the newly added strip as I go.
With this quilt, I am doing something a little different.
Often times when making a quilt we put similar fabrics far away from each other. In this quilt, I’ve been doing different techniques as you see with the fishie fabrics below.
After the blocks grow in size, I take them to the cutting table and measure. If they are bigger than 6″ x 6″, it’s time to trim them down.
I like to add little treasures to the quilts in the form of novelty prints…not all novelty prints but some.
Check out the selvage below. If you can’t read it, it says, “I sewed something”. I think it was supposed to say “I sewed something pretty”…but “I sewed something” was enough for me to want to save.
Can you see it in the block below?
Remember how I told you that I have been putting blocks with like prints together. Here are three blocks that I made and chain pieced together. They were the three blocks I sewed on.
These are going to be sewn together as you see them laid out below. I think it makes it harder to see exactly where the blocks connect.
If you prefer more of a video tutorial…I have that for you too. You can watch me in action. Just click the arrow and the video will play.
I love scrappy quilts like this. They just make me happy when I see them. When my husband was living and he saw a crumb quilt, he’d always say that my long-ago relatives would be so happy with my frugality. That always made me smile. I do have to say, I do really love making a quilt from bits and pieces that many would throw away. It makes me feel like a made a quilt for free!!
If you have questions about constructing the blocks please ask away. I love being helpful if I can.