Crumbs project update

I'm working on using up crumbs or strings every weekend. I started back earlier this year when I realized I wasn't getting anywhere with my strings or crumbs, but instead they were just sitting in their bags - being added to, but never subtracted from.

So I decided that I needed to devote at least one good sewing session each weekend, if at all possible, to using them up.  More than one session was fine - and if "life happened" and I couldn't get to it, then that was okay too. But it was/is a goal. So far I've finished 2 strings tops and I'm making good progress on this crumbs top. If you are new to reading this blog, then you can check the strings quilt tops here and here. I do have Strings 3 in the works, but decided to take a hiatus from that and work on crumbs for a while.

I actually spent quite a bit of time on it this weekend. Part of the reason is that I finally know what I want to do.  I have a plan.

Secondly, I recently finished a few "big tops" and I felt like I was at a good break from that and didn't feel pressure (from myself) to do anything else. 

Plus, I always like it when I start to feel like I'm almost done with a top - or at least making really good progress.

This is what I did.

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1. Sewed the 3.5" squares into 6.5" blocks. I made 42 total. I had 10 already finished from a previous time.

 
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2. Added a black frame to the 6.5: blocks so they are now 9.5" blocks.

 
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3. Made 30 - 3.5" 9 patches with gray in the corners.

 

4. Cut sashing pieces and went ahead and put 3 rows of the quilt together.

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 I'm going to use these to cut into 6.5" squares to be used around the edge of the quilt as the border.  I was thinking of using the 3.5" squares and piecing them together as I did for the center, but just to mix things up a bit, I will probably just try to make 6.5" blocks so I don't have to piece - LOL - as if I haven't pieced any to get that 6.5" block! (such a joke!)

I'm going to use these to cut into 6.5" squares to be used around the edge of the quilt as the border.  I was thinking of using the 3.5" squares and piecing them together as I did for the center, but just to mix things up a bit, I will probably just try to make 6.5" blocks so I don't have to piece - LOL - as if I haven't pieced any to get that 6.5" block! (such a joke!)

5. Made a bunch more "made fabric pieces from crumbs" that need to be trimmed down. They are for the border.

fI ran out of steam for the project this weekend -but I probably spent 6 or 7 hours on it total. Strings and crumbs are S-L-O-W going - that's why I am more or less "making myself" work on them. The reward doesn't come quickly.

 I simply folded the whole works and put it away til next weekend.

I'm still thinking about exactly how I want to do the border.I'm thinking about solid "crumb blocks" - instead of pieced ones.

 

Here's my diagram/plan for this crumbs quilt.

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And that's what I've been up to this weekend!


And here you are - just in case you need something for your own project from the store - here are some almost whites that might interest you.

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