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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Crumbs - a new meaning!

As promised here is what I discovered:-  ladies, ever have lots of these (tiny little pieces of left over fabrics):-

but you think they are way too small to do anything with them but keep them anyway as they are too pretty to throw away but haven't a clue what to do with them?  Well, I have quilted on a small scale for many years now and so had absolutely loads of scraps hoarded away in jars and cupboards.  Anyway, whilst on holiday and having the luxury of time to surf the net, came across lots of useful quilting and scrap blogs and this article on crumb piecing fascinated me so I had to investigate and find out more.  Each scrap is referred to as a "crumb" and by piecing them together in random fashion, you can end up with all sorts of blocks, which in turn can end up as quilts.  Here is the crumb piecing tutorial for anyone who is interested:- .

photos courtesy of Allison Aller at .
I expect you more experienced quilters will already know all about it but I learned something new and have been crumb piecing like there's no tomorrow in the quiet evenings whilst away. I may not make a quilt but have ideas for new little items for my shop.  Here are a few photos of my first very basic crumb pieces.

I will add bits of lace and maybe a button or two and whatever else happens to be suitable.  I will post again when I have actually made them into something.  


ShabbyChicShaz said...

Loving your crumbs :)

Joanna said...

'Crumbs' is such a sweet name for these tiny scraps of fabric. What a pretty quilt they'd make.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Fascinating - so that's why I've saved all my tiny pieces of fabric!!

I enjoyed reading Allison's blog.

It's always a pleasure visiting your blog dear Bunty and your crumbs are coming together beautifully - love your pretty fabrics they are soooo YOU!!!


Halle said...

I had no idea there was a term for this! I've made coasters with this technique.

Fun to know that others are doing the same.

Tina @ TinyBear said...

Love your 'crumbs' - can´t wait to see what you make of these

Shabby Cottage Studio said...

Oh gosh what an amazing transformation of crumbs my dear!!

Laurie said...

Oh my goodness, I have a basket full of these "crumbs" (I have never heard that term before!) I just knew there was something I could do with them! I can't wait to see what you do with your crumb creations!

Sea Witch said...

I'll take the crumbs off your talented table anyday. I love this modern approach to a Victorian technique. Women have been saving crumbs for a future use for centuries. SEa Witch

Phillipa said...

Hi. I found the same tutorial awhile back and this is my version.Its fun to do and nothing is wasted.

suziqu's thread works said...

Barbara you are a woman after my own heart. I find this one of my favourite things to do and I have heaps of exotic pieces which I just love turning into crazy pieces.
I think I might go and look at that site as I had never used the term "crumb"