Sunday, March 18, 2018

Crumb piecing - bits and pieces -

Can be sewn together a number of different ways - ;))

You can sew bit to bit - use strips - or not -

Only ONE piece needs a straight edge -

And even at that - you can "eyeball" a straight line if you want to -

There are NO RULES - ;))

I finished up the last four "Crumb" blocks that I needed for my Deep Red Crumb Squares - gotta love the little pink elephant -

And was going to sew the "Crumb" blocks together today -

But then thought that I would show how "I" sew odd-ball bits/pieces instead - ;))

This plastic bin is full of the "cut-offs" from previously made "crumb" blocks -

Anything less than 3/4" is really too small/narrow to use -

Since 1/2" is taken up with seam allowances -

But I found these little bits/pieces and they are still usable -

Although they may not look like it at first glance -

I also have some 1" squares in a basket that can be used -

Some "larger" crumbs in another basket -

And a bunch of bits/pieces sewn together in various shapes and sizes -

I'll take this bunch and sort them -

Into piles of similar shapes and sizes -

Here's one "almost up to size" - it goes in another pile -

So - back to the bits/pieces - I'll show you how I use this stack of four -

They are mostly triangular shaped but have a curved edge - which makes them look unusable -

But they make great "corners" for some of my other bits/pieces -

Flip the top one over - and I can follow the "straight edge" of the top piece -

Same with this one -

And this one -

So I can sew these three - chain piecing - one right after the other -

And the fourth one can go with this bit/piece -

All four sewn -

And clipped apart - and pressed open -

Take them to my little cutting mat next to the sewing machine -
And trim the left side for a "straight edge" -

Then this one -

And the other side -

And this one - the left side first -

Then across at an angle because they don't quite line up -
And I like them wonky -

Then this one -

Left side -

Trim the other "tail" -

And there you go -

Four more little bits/pieces to go on the piles with their friends who are similar shape and size -

The seam allowance on this one was a little too big -

But a quick trim with the scissors fixed it -

Then there are these guys -

The brown one will make a good corner for this bit -

And the orange one seems to fit this one -

I may lose some of the smaller bits in the seam allowance -
And I may "un-stitch" some of them to re-sew to a larger piece -
But I'll decide that when I get there -
Because I pretty much make it all up as I go along -

So - for now - I'll just keep on keepin' on -

Sewing bits to bits - or to strips -

Whichever strikes my fancy - because there are NO RULES -

And I am in no danger of running out of "Crumbs" - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Crumb Piecing -

Is not fast -

But it IS FUN -

And can be quite addictive - ;))

I've been playing with these off and on for a couple of years -

In August of 2016 - I decided to play with my "crumb" scraps -
DWM - 8/1/16

And I showed how I cut weird angles BEFORE adding a piece -
DWM - 8/8/16

Then the next day - I clarified the previous post -
Crumby fun - 8/9/16

Considered setting options -
So - now what? - 8/12/16

Started letting them accumulate -
DWM - 8/15/16

Then considered a possible-maybe layout -
DWM - 8/22/16

Let them sit for a while - again -

Until -

Oh what a Scrappy Day! - 2/11/18

And -

Crumb factory - 2/15/18

All along the way - I've shown How I Do It -

But here are some a lot more photos -

To show that are are NO RULES when it comes to putting these little goodies together - ;))

First off - I had a head start on my "crumb" blocks. The mindless willy-nilly sewing of bits and pieces made a whole bunch of "partial" blocks. When they get "almost to size" - I have to pay attention and get a little more systematic about the whole thing. That's when I dig into my "strips/strings" and sew a bunch of "partial" blocks to a strip -

One after the other -

Until I run out of "strip" -
This also makes sure that the "same" fabric appears in more than one block -
To sort of tie them together -

Press the strip away from them all -
Which helps them lay flatter -
There are no "seams" on the "strip" side -

Then clip them apart -
Following the "line" of the crumb section - if possible -

I'm going for a 3-1/2" cut block -
So this one just needs a corner to be "up to size" -

This green looks good to me -

Stitch it down -

Press it open -

And trim it -
Giving me a "crumb block" and two more pieces to add to the "crumb" pile -

Then grab another strip -

And keep on keepin' on - until I get another bunch -

Some close-ups -
Note the green was used in another block -
And the floral on the right side appears in both blocks -

The gold strip shows in the block on the right -

And after a while - I have another pile -

The bottom strip is a fun one -
It looks like it's pieced - but it's a "cheater" strip -
From some yardage that I used to back one of my quilts -

This one is "almost" the correct size but looks a little too "square" -

So I added another strip at an angle to liven it up -

Stitched it on - pressed it open -

Trimmed it - and got two more "crumbs" -
The top left one can be used in another block -
The other one is probably too narrow so will go in the "bits and pieces" pile -

Like I said - it's FUN - it's ADDICTIVE -

And there are NO RULES - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -


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