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.
I made this crumb mini for her. I was inspired by the scrappy techniques of Chawne as well as the crumb quilt method.
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.
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.
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.
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.