Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Swapping the Crumb Mini

Awhile back, Jacey and Nicke did a swap and I was mega-jealous of their spoils. Jacey suggested that we do our own super exclusive swap (ok, she didn't word it like that but i enjoy pretending that i am special) and I added that since there were a ton of scrappy challenges going on in the new year that we should surprise each other but make it scrappy.
Crumb mini for Jacey
I made this crumb mini for her. I was inspired by the scrappy techniques of Chawne as well as the crumb quilt method.
Crumb mini for Jacey
I have a bag of bits that I save from squaring up blocks or quilt tops and it also includes failed block experiments. i stitched together these bits and slashed them to make new blocks for this mini. The new blocks were 6" and when i laid them out together i wasn't altogether sure that i liked what i saw. i worried that it was a little too crazy.
Crumb mini for Jacey
so i sashed the blocks with kona ash and i liked it a little more. i still felt like something was missing so i cut a bunch of 2" squares for a border, and then it was juuuuust right.
Crumb mini for Jacey
i am especially enamored of the back. for the pieced strip i carefully curated a bunch of teeny tiny scrap bits from the bin and stitched them together helter skelter occasionally trimming them to a rectangular shape. then i sewed those rectangles together to get the long strip. i used kona coal for the backing and added just a few leftover pieces to the edge.
Crumb mini for Jacey
for the quilting, i wanted the scrappy blocks to really stand out so i quilted narrow squarish lines around the blocks in the sashing. i used an old flannel sheet for the batting and i like the weight, though it probably would've been better to use a thicker batting for the mini. i finished it off with some gray heath and i am really sad now that i didn't buy a ton of that fabric. it makes the perfect binding.

ETA: i couldn't remember the size of the mini-quilt but fortunately the grid pattern makes it easy to do the math. it's 28" square.

tomorrow i'll have Jacey's swap gift part II. i'm sure you are on the edge of your seats in anticipation.

17 comments:

  1. Sara, I seriously cannot thank you enough! And I'm cracking up at your jealous/exclusivity comment. ;) You are special. And awesome. And this mini is so happy and scrappy!Like I said in m email, the texture from your quilting is incredible! Thank you, thank you!!

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  2. oh my gracious sara!!!!!  jacey is one lucky lucky swapper!  i LOVE this!  it is sooo awesome!  i bet she is so excited to have it!

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  3. Love it! 
    And now I don't feel too hoarder for holding on to failed blocks...lol!

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  4. I absolutely love this!!! nice job!

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  5. what a great scrappy project! the sashing is perfect with those blocks.

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  6. WOW this is lovely!! 

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  7. that is really lovely!

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  8. This is beautiful. I love the colors!

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  9. Wonderful mini-quilt! I love your fabric choices!

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  10. This is a lovely quilt - spotted the thumbnail over at Jennifer's - good luck x

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  11. Such a pretty and bright crumb quilt - I need to make one as I have a lot of crumbs and can`t bear to throw them away!

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  12. A great scrappy effect, really bright and colourful

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  13. Great crumb mini quilt! Another technique on my to do list ♡

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  14. Gorgeous scrappiness!!

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  15. Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts3/05/2012 01:34:00 PM

    It is just fab! I really love your use of tiny scraps and the back is my favorite part. I think it would make an awesome quilt on it's own! Great job. Thanks for entering it into the Modern Mini Challenge! Good luck! 

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  16. Ooooo I love the gorgeous scrappiness of this! it's brill :)

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  17. t. anne quilts3/05/2012 09:33:00 PM

    I love your dense quilting lines in the sashing.  The back is fabulous!

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