63 x 82 inches
Here is my entry in the the festival. "Happy Scraps" is all crumb blocks, which I learned about from Bonnie Hunter over at Quiltville. I made the very first blocks about 5 or 6 years ago. We were in the middle of selling the house and moving and I had to put all my sewing projects away to show the house. I kept out a small bin of scraps and my machine while everything else went into storage for the duration. When we actually sold the house and drove out of town, heading for the Pacific Northwest, this also came along in the car with me. I've worked on these blocks off and on ever since, and yesterday this got put into a box and sent to my long-arm quilter for her to work her magic on it. Yay!
This actually ended up much bigger than I had originally envisioned. You can see my "quilt holder" up above is struggling to hold it all up! I was thinking just a lap quilt, but now it's big enough to snuggle into, or even to use on the bed. I'm still a little unsure of how all this large-ness actually occurred.
I got somewhat of a wild hair and decided to piece the back. I started with this panel that I love and then decided to make it a log cabin block. The world's largest log cabin block? Probably not, but it sure felt like it! I was trying to use up some fabrics that have been in the stash for
too many years awhile. Now that it's done, I'm not so sure I like it. I'm hoping that the quilting will help.
Here are some random blocks, letting you see some of the fun fabrics I used.
I've made lots of other crumb blocks since I started, and even finished a few charity quilts with them. But these are some of my favorite blocks, with fabrics that have meaning to me. Lots of baby quilts, pillowcases and scraps of other quilts that I've made are in these.
I also used some random orphans and rejected bits. That just adds to the fun! Anything really does go in these crumb blocks.
Recently my quilt guild hosted a "crumb workshop" for the members. Many of the members had never heard of crumb blocks and wanted to know how to make them. They were fascinated by my quilt top. It was a lot of fun. We made enough blocks for about 9 charity lap quilts, and still have so many blocks in process that we'll be having another workshop to finish them. Everyone that came had fun, and I think many of them are "hooked" now.
If you haven't tried crumb blocks yet, I suggest that you give it a try. It's fun, and I call it therapy sewing. There are no mistakes and it's stress free. Plus, you get rid of some of the scraps and end up with something useful using something that might otherwise have been tossed out.
And now, please go visit the Festival of Scrappiness and see what all the other quilters have been up to. There are some wonderful quilts to be seen! And thanks for the kick in the pants to get this finished, Rachel!