Today Starts the Crumb Quilt “Crumb Along”

Hey all..I am so excited.  Today is the first day of the Crumb Quilt “Crumb Along”.  If you are new to “crumb” quilting let me tell you a little about it.

As far as I know, Bonnie Hunter, from Quiltville is the original “crumb” girl.  You can check out her site and see lots of awesome free quilt patterns including a pattern for Crumbs.  Bonnie’s tutorial inspired me to make my own crumb quilt for my daughter. Kalissa.


I admit the first time I saw the blocks and thought about sewing with tiny pieces, I thought it was crazy.  Then after a few blocks, I was hooked.  I am betting you just might get hooked too.

After an email box of questions and a tremendous amount of comments, someone suggested I host a “Crumb Along”.  I thought it was a GREAT idea….So WELCOME to the first ever “Crumb Along.”


Let me start by giving you a few details….

Each and every Tuesday for the next ten weeks, I’ll be giving you ideas on fabric requirements, block construction, layouts and the like.   You’ll have a week to make 2-10 blocks a week depending on your preference and your schedule.  It’s important to remember this is not a race at all.  It’s for fun….and an opportunity for all of us to get rid of a few more scraps.   Come back each Tuesday and I will  have a Mr. Linky here for you to link your blog up and show off your week’s progress.  If you don’t have a blog, that’s okay…I have a flickr group listed as Crumb a Long Quilts and my Jo’s Country Junction  facebook page that will all be open for anyone who wants to post pictures there.  If you are not a picture poster type gal…that’s okay too.  You are welcome to work in whatever way is good for you.

The directions I am giving will be to make a baby size quilt that will finish at about 48″ x 48″.  The original quilt that is shown is larger finishing at 82″ x 82″.  If you want to make the larger size, that is your option.  You can just make more blocks each week.


The center of the quilt we will be making has 36~ 6″ blocks.  We will start on making them first.  When first looking at the quilt it is hard to see where one block starts and the next ends but after a couple weeks of making blocks, you’ll see the blocks of the quilt in no time at all.

I used recycled cotton fabric from shirts in the original quilt with solid red scraps.  The reds are not matching reds, just scraps from previous projects that I had left over.  You can use any cotton fabric that you would like that is light weight.  This quilt will not work with blue jean fabric or any heavy fabric as there are LOTS of seams in the blocks.  I HIGHLY recommend having some sort of solid or constant fabric besides your scraps.   Someone asked if I purposely choose a lot of blue fabrics for the quilt.  The answer is no.  Men’s shirts just tend to be more blue colored and that’s what I had.

I will be making my blocks with recycled fabrics again.   I’ll try to make a few block samples with civil war prints and bright prints so you’ll get an idea of what those fabrics might look like as well.  Honestly…anything goes that is cotton quilt type fabric.  How much fabric, you may be asking….that question is virtually impossible to answer.   Crumbs just seem to multiply and multiply.  About 2-2 1/2 yards worth will give you plenty variety.  If you have a big ziplock bag full, you’ll be able to sew for a long time.  I used the solid red for the inner border and for the binding.  You will need about 3/4 of solid for the border and binding or about 2 yards total of a solid color.  You will need backing fabric too.  My back will be pieced with blocks in it.  If you don’t want a pieced backing you will need 3 yards.

The next question is always how big do the pieces need to be…well, that varies.  You will need some that are 8″ long.  If don’t have any you can pull strings from your string box or I’ll show you a way to work around it.  I don’t sew with anything narrowed than 3/4″ wide.  By the time a seam gets sewn on each side, there will only be 1/4″ of fabric showing so smaller pieces aren’t recommended.  Your scraps can taper from wider to narrower.  Your scraps can be 1″ by 1″.  We’ll find a place for lots of the scraps regardless of the size.

There is no right way or wrong way to make this quilt.  Each and every person’s quilt will be very different.  If we make a block that isn’t you favorite, you can make alternate blocks instead.

Besides fabric you will need thread.  It doesn’t even have to match.  When I made mine, I used up every odd bobbin of  thread that I had.  You’ll also need a ruler that allows you to square up blocks.  I have a 7″ square ruler that I love and is perfect for this.  If you have a different ruler that works for you…great.

Crumbs get really messy so it might be nice to have a large bowl, tote or cake pan sized container that you cam dump your crumbs into.  This allows you room to sift through the crumbs without getting them all over.

By looking at the pictures, you will see that the border has words in it.  This is entirely optional.


My daughter, who I made the quilt for, has an unusual name.   I purposely put her name in the quilt so that she would have a something with her name.  If you want to put words or a name on the border, you will want to purchase Tonya’s book, Word Play Quilts: Easy Techniques from the UnRuly Quilter (That Patchwork Place).  We won’t be making the borders for a few weeks so you have plenty of time if you want to order it.

So this week’s assignment:
Gather your goodies….fabric and squaring up ruler is all you have to have for next week.
Leave a comment here after this post just so we get an idea of who is crumbing along with us.
You might want to follow along on facebook …it’s a great place see what others are asking or to get answers to your questions quickly.
You might also want to join the flickr group so you’ll have that all ready for posting your fabric selections.

Also, do a little public relations work and let your quilting buddies know this crumb along is going on.  Grab a button located on the upper left hand corner and post it on your blog.  This way more people can get started with us next week and not feel behind once the fun begins….

I hope you’re all ready to “crumb along” with me!

Today I am hooking up with Confession of a Fabric Addict…I am hoping all the gals over there will give a big Whoop! Whoop! and join in the fun.
I am also hooking up with Homestead Revival. Now that the gardens are slowing down, maybe some gals from there will join us too.

113 thoughts on “Today Starts the Crumb Quilt “Crumb Along””

  1. I’m joining in on this because I’m a crumb saver! Unfortunately, I probably won’t make a lot of progress because I have way too many projects right now as it is. Plan to keep working along with you though and am looking forward to seeing everyone’s blocks!

  2. Me, me! I will ‘crumb’ along on this journey! My blocks will be a little smaller as I already have a shoebox full of 4 inchers, but I certainly need to make some kore and they are SO fun and addicting.

  3. I’m ready to get started! I’ve got a bin of crumbs and a couple of shoeboxes of bigger scraps. Now, all I have to do is get the solid red yardage.

  4. I save everything – even the tiniest pieces go into a “scrap bag for stuffing” – I have 2 of those now so I should make some pillows. I would love to learn how to make some crumb blocks as I know these little pieces can be used for something. Will get my bowl out and start stirring

  5. I really want to crumb along too. Like someone else said, it’s not like I have no other projects going, but I’ve been collecting crumbs for quite sometime and it’s time to start using some of them. A Crumb-along sounds like just the way to do it.

  6. Count me in. This will be a good way to use up all those little scraps that I just can’t throw away. I might need to go through and pull out the really small scraps that are smaller than 3/4 in. Can’t wait for next Tuesday. I’ll be away at a quilt retreat, but will get at it as soon as I return.

  7. I’m in!! I don’t have a blog but will post pics as you described. I have a scrappy quilt to finish before I start the crumbs so that is a reason to push to get it done quickly. Thanks Jo for this crumb-a-long.

  8. Is it time to start already?! I might join along too. I’ve got a desk full o’ crumbs from projects from worked on all spring and summer and an idea for a project that I wanted to apply them to. Since there’s ten weeks and no deadlines, I’ll just see how far I get!

  9. Hello! I’m planning to crumb along, but will probably get a slow start. Our local quilt show is coming up early in October and I’m busy quilting things for others to show and finishing up some things of my own.

  10. i’m following along but can’t start til the end of september. am in texas now but will be back in florida by then. i love crumbs!

  11. I’m so excited about this quilt along. Got the ruler, now I need to gather my little scraps together and I’m all set. Thanks so much for showing us the way.

  12. I’m joining in even if I just get a couple of blocks done at a time. Need to get rid of some small pieces and at the same time have fun and not much thinking. Time to clean out some bins.

  13. Teresa in Music City

    Hi Jo! Count me in but I’m not sure how consistent I will be able to stay…. I love your crumb quilt and would love to make one for an upcoming new grandson. I guess I’ll just have to put other things aside at least long enough to get a few blocks done each week. Thanks for hosting this!!!! :*)

  14. Jo, I’m joining in on the fun, too. Since I just can’t seem to throw away any “usable” fabric, there is lots to play with in my sewing room.

  15. Jo, I’m joining in on the fun, too. Since I just can’t seem to throw away any “usable” fabric, there is lots to play with in my sewing room.

  16. Crumb-Along – what a fun name for this adventure. I am excited to start it. Would you believe my husband has cleaned out his closet and I have all these beautiful used 100% cotton shirts and you are so correct – they are ALL blue !!! Now the challenge is to find the solid color to use………

  17. I’m in, and I have a ton of crumbs. I may have to go for a bigger quilt – I’ll see what with all the other things I have going. I’ve looked through my stash and found I hardly have any solids at all. All I could find were fat quarters or smaller pieces. I could do it in white, but not this time as I have other plans for that piece. I found a 2 yard piece of gray, so I guess my solid will gray!

  18. I’m very excited about making crumb blocks as I have never done this however, I have to finish quilting a quilt that I’ve been working on. I’m hoping it have it done before Tues. so I don’t start out behind. Thanks for doing the crumb along!!!!

  19. I want to join in also. I don’t have a blog but I will post on Flickr as I am comfortable doing that. I already have a tub of scraps ready to go just need some instructions! This is going to be fun.

  20. I’m going to TRY and keep up with this. I have quite a few strings left over from Bonnie’s RRCB and I can cut up more shirts as necessary. I have lots of other scraps sorted by color, so I believe I’m ready.

  21. I’m in! Maybe my sewing room will be a little bit neater when I get done using all of my scraps…excited to learn something new!

  22. I have a lot of crumbs and strings, but kinda stuck doing nothing with them, until I read about your project and that was just the jump start I needed ! So thank you for hosting it and all your info is very helpful…happy sewing everyone !

  23. Count me in!! Looking forward to playing with crumbs and not getting kicked out of bed for it! And afterwards, I’ll have the perfect excuse to go back to my friend’s quilt shop!! Thanks Jo!

  24. I look forward to “crumbing along” with you! I met you and your daughter at Bonnie’s workshops in Storm Lake in July. After reading your blog since then, I feel I know you well and I can so relate to your country life. I enjoy your quilts and tutorials and thank you for hosting this crumb-along!

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  26. I decided to join in! I’ve never done crumb blocks… but have a bunch of 30’s little pieces from cutting up my daughters quilt this week. Can’t wait to see how these work. I may be behind a little bit in the beginning…currently moving across country next weekend but I kept my sewing machine with me. Just need to find my word book among the boxes in a few weeks!

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  29. I really wasn’t going to even get hooked on this idea….but I have all these little scraps and blocks left over that just might work for this so I am going to at least try a block and see if it suits me. I love all things Bonnie so it may catch on!

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  31. love crumbs. Just finished a 6″ crumb block queen flimsy. Thought I would use up all the crumbs–no way. I will enjoy making some new styles of crumb blocks. I am ready!! Thanks Jo for doing this activity for all of us. Bobi, UT

  32. I’m in the midst of re-organizing my sewing room and I was just wondering what in the world to do with all my crumbs. So I’m in — kinda. I’ll definitely be making some blocks with the rest of you, but I don’t know if I can make enough for a whole quilt just now. I’m in the middle of a project which has a deadline.

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  34. You can count me in as well I have tons of crumbs and this sounds like a great way to use some of it up. Looking forward to the start of this project.

  35. Thank you so much for hosting this. Its a little scary for me as I have very little in the way of crumbs. I have a very little stash as well. Sooooooo I will be putzing along with it. I do think it will be an awesome learning experience!

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  37. i can’t wait to get started! i have loved this quilt from the moment i laid eyes on it and it is going to be a very special finish for me! thanks Jo!

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