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How to piece crumb blocks into larger pieces of fabric

How to piece crumb blocks into larger pieces of fabric

by Jean Boyd

My first crumb quilt made on the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050

Today, I’ll show another project using the same crumb quilting technique, but this time I’ll be using dark-colored scraps. The batiks are so easy to use in a project like this, as the edges don’t fray or stretch. This is really important because of all the bias edges that occur when crumb quilting.

Here are the basics for creating the crumb blocks, but please refer back to the QUILTsocial blog posts on Days 1 and 2 from this week for more detailed instructions. Here’s a good video you might like to watch for an introduction to the crumb quilting technique.

Starting a crumb quilt project

  • Start by sewing 2 small scraps together to make several 2 patch blocks. The scraps can be as small as 1½” square for this technique. Use squares, strips or any odd-shaped pieces you have.

Sew small scraps together to make 2 patch blocks.

  • Sew 2 patch blocks together to make 4 patch blocks.
  • Sew 4 patch blocks together to make 8 patch blocks.
  • As you finish each set of blocks, straighten one edge so it’s ready to sew to the next set.
  • Keep adding pieces until you have created a new piece of fabric in the size you want.

Sew small scraps together to make 2 patch blocks.

In the last project, I cut my crumb fabric into 6½” blocks, but this time I’m using my new fabric to make borders. I want my borders to be 2½” x 8½”, so that’s a guide for how big to make my crumb fabric pieces.

Sew small sections together to get the size of block you need.

I’m making 3 – 8½” blocks that look like this:

8½” block with crumb quilt borders

cutting instructions for each block

1 – 4½” square for center of block

4 – 1½” x 6½” for border around center square

4 – 2½” x 8½” crumb strips for outer border

Be sure to come back tomorrow to see how to use the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 to make the blocks for a crumb quilt table runner.

This is part 3 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 2: Crumb blocks for a wall quilt

Go to part 4: Piecing the crumb quilt is easy using the ¼” foot with guide


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