Crumbs/Strings update

Every weekend I've been working on my crumbs and strings - trying to devote at least one good session of working on crumbs and/or strings.  (one good session = 2 hours of sewing).  I try to do more if I can.

At current, I've turned to focusing on blues - trying to finish up my upcycled blues project. Most of you know that I started off with 6 boxes of pieces of (mostly) clothing and have set it as a goal to get to 2 boxes of various pieces.  I'm getting close to finishing up this project.  But I'm not there yet.

What did I do this weekend on this project?

Well, several things.

1. Added the next three little borders around the star middle. Each of these borders finishes at 1", so I was working with 1.5" strips. The only way I could do that strip of crumbs - I starched a section of my "crumb fabric" and then cut it.  Starching helped it stay in place while I sewed it on. When you make crumb fabric, the edges are at all different angles - certainly no "straight of grain" there - so starching helps incredibly. The more the better! Starching it so much that it is stiff as lightweight cardboard works - and is even good in this case!

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 These little stars finish at 6 1/2" square at this point. In the quilt they will finish at 6".

These little stars finish at 6 1/2" square at this point. In the quilt they will finish at 6".

2. Made 3 small stars that will be part of the star border. I still need several. Hopefully next weekend I can finish up those stars. I only have 4 done total - need 12 more.

 

3. Added about 2 more yards of strips to some narrow adding machine tape for an idea I have for yet another blues crumbs quilt.

 Before trimming. I added about 2 more yards of scraps to this tape. While it's not in my plan to use it at this time, I'll come up with something if I fill up the whole roll of paper tape with blue scraps.

Before trimming. I added about 2 more yards of scraps to this tape. While it's not in my plan to use it at this time, I'll come up with something if I fill up the whole roll of paper tape with blue scraps.

 
 My roll looks like this. I can do this kind of sewing when I'm pretty tired as it doesn't involve anything technical or really any decisions about anything. Just put a piece on and go on. No worries about color, half square triangles, measuring, or anything.

My roll looks like this. I can do this kind of sewing when I'm pretty tired as it doesn't involve anything technical or really any decisions about anything. Just put a piece on and go on. No worries about color, half square triangles, measuring, or anything.

 

4. Made 2 more paper pieced bright partial stars to eventually go into a quilt top made of these scraps - I'm pulling from my bags of strings/crumbs to make these blocks.

So far my grand total of these blocks is  - 5!  Yes, 5. I'll be working on this one for quite a while. The good thing is, I'm already seeing progress in how long it's taking me to make a block. I'm definitely getting faster.

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 My total number of blocks finished.  I'm just getting started on this particular project. It is definitely a "long term" one. I expect it to pretty much take the rest of the year if not longer.

My total number of blocks finished.  I'm just getting started on this particular project. It is definitely a "long term" one. I expect it to pretty much take the rest of the year if not longer.

 
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Here's the plan for this current crumbs project. I am ready to add the royal blue border and then another little gray one. Then the stars. I only have a total of 4 stars made, but hopefully next weekend I can make the rest even if I don't get them on.

 

I started this project a little less than a year ago because I had so many strings/crumbs that I wasn't using at all - ever. I decided to set a limited amount of time (weekends) that I would feel the need to use these pieces in an effort to at least begin to tame them. As a result, I've finished several tops so far. 

Here are the strings or crumbs tops I've finished,  I included Crumb Pizzazz - the black and gold one - my first ever crumbs quilt.



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