Friday, October 21, 2011

Falling into the crumb bin

So I played with some of my "crumbs", or small scraps of fabric, and decided I'll join the Crumb Along With Me Quilt-along sponsored by Jo's Country Junction.  She's been going for several weeks now, but the final proposed quilt is pretty small and I was able to make several blocks in just a few days of playing, and it's a lot of fun.  So why not?  It's not like I'm planning on meeting a deadline or anything.
The beauty of this method of quiltmaking is that I can work very organically, half-buried in a pile of little scraps (and I'm not kidding about half-buried... what a way to go!).  Matching corners or not, it doesn't matter.  Matching fabrics or not, it doesn't matter.  The wonkier the better.  There are suggestions, not directions, and every block is different.  I've been saving little triangles and extra pieced patches from many quilts for a long time, thinking maybe someday I'll make something with them.  I've never let myself go completely scrappy and completely free-form like this before.  It's very fun and therapeutic.  And those little 6" blocks come together very fast.

For my color to tie it all together, I'm using green, but anything else can go into the scrap soup, too.  I noticed after working on flying geese units that when you piece them together they look like trees.  So do the ones that look like arrows.  This might turn into another Cedar Tree auction quilt, like the two I did before.  Here's the 2010 one, apparently I don't have a picture of the first one I did:

As you can see, I like tree quilts.  Actually, these were signature quilts, and the crumb quilt will probably just be a fun homey throw, but tree quilts have an enduring appeal for me in any case.  I'm in.

1 comment:

Coloradolady said...

You know, I love trees in quilts too!! I thought the same thing that the flying geese blocks looked like trees. Your quilt for the auction is amazing!! I think this would be a fun quilt for an auction like that!! Glad you joined in!! It won't take long to have the blocks worked up~~ Thanks for stopping by!!