Saturday, November 12, 2011

My crumb quilt

top is finished, except for the borders.
 and a black and white shot to make changes in placement of blocks - hmmm, it ain't easy!

I picked this up at a "yard" sale at Rhode Island School of Design.  It's an interesting textile, not sure what, but I like it, and it was only $1.

Now for a question:  I've done paper-piecing before, but I can't figure this out.  I printed out this pattern online.  But how do I place the rectangle piece of fabric so it covers the template properly?  

 Here's a photo of part of the pattern, (which I got from  It's called "Martinique."
If anyone has any words of wisdom for me, I would appreciate it!  My sister is supposed to look it over for me and try and help.  She LOVES paper piecing - me, not so much!  :-)
Anyway, I hope you all are well!  I've been neglecting my blog lately.  I have so little time to sew that I've opted to do that every chance I get lately.  And Monday I'm leaving for Florida for five days, so I won't be around till next weekend.  Have a great week, everyone!  May you bless and be blessed!
~ Jodi ~



  1. I love your crumb quilt, looks very liberated. I always have problems with those angles when doing paper piecing, I usually start off with a piece of fabric way too big or I lay the fabric under the paper and then fold back and cut the angle leaving about a 1/2" seam allowance, the trick there is to make sure you cut the angle the right way so that when you flip it, it comes out right (it often doesn't work for me) so to avoid wasting fabric you could use a piece of paper the same size, mark one side as the right side up then cut the angle and try it to see if it will work, kind of like when you sew strips together for binding, one strip is horizontal the other is perpendicular. Sorry not very good at explaining it.

  2. Yes, Pip explained it very well. I would also cut off a small triangle so you have an idea on where to place the fabric piece. Just lay your piece of fabric on the pattern (right side up), then cut about 1/2 inch inside the line to remove the triangle. Once I've placed my fabric piece I put a pin or two in the stitching line (from the left side) then flip and check first if the piece covers the whole area. I only sew then as it's hard to unpick on paper piecing. Good luck.
    PS: I love your crumb quilt. PPS: Why is it called crumb quilt?

  3. Your crumb quilt is beautiful!!! I'm slowly working on one. Do you know how you are going to quilt it yet?

    I've never done paper piecing before but I found this video really helpful in understanding the technique and how to shape fabrics to fit the areas they need to cover:

  4. Personally, I would start with the big rectangle. Change #3 to #1. The strip of black would still be #2, and the triangle would be #3. Much easier!

  5. Hi, Jodi! I think you have good advice from better p.p. people than I. I just wanted to say hi, and tell you the crumb quilt is neat. I think it is okay for such a project to go slowly! It is kinda an enjoy the process project, huh?

  6. Wow! Your crumb quilt is absolutely amazing!

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