Once a year our Utah Valley Quilt Guild brings in a national teacher for a workshop one day and the guild meeting’s program the next. I signed up for the class with about 20 other women and today we met in Mapleton to learn how to make “Crumb Quilts.” I’d done quite a bit of reading and watching youtube clips on the process, so I already had in mind what I wanted to do and I had my tub of scraps ready to use.
I used a method I’d learned online from a gal who calls these “Vortex Quilts.” She’s posted her 4 tutorials here:
Emily’s method was similar, but she uses her scrap blocks in other quilts like these:
Today I worked on sewing two like-sized pieces together. After I had a good pile of those, I cut them apart, pressed and trimmed them. Then I sewed my twos into fours, cut, pressed and trimmed them. By the time I left, I had a good pile of crumb chunks. It’s like making your own fabric out of your scraps. I loved it. Each scrap is from a quilt I’ve made sometime in the last 30 years or so. I loved the memories of them.
Our room was filled with everyone’s tubs of scraps of all colors and sizes. It was a lot of fun to make sense of them.
I worked on my chunks some more when I got home and by the end of the day, I had these big chunks. They make me happy. I’ll start another pile of twos, then fours, then eights and work until I’ve exhausted my bin and have enough for a fun quilt. Almost all of these pieces were just leftover ends and bits from other projects. I didn’t really have to do any cutting for this project, just mindless sewing!