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Thread: A question for you crumb users

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    Wow, and I've been throwing scraps away. What a great idea. I will have to try that.

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    OH MY, do you know how many hearts you stopped? throwing them away???
    if you do not want to save scraps some schools still have art classes at least in elementary and the teachers are always thrilled to receive donations to help the kids. the budgets for the teachers to get supplies are almost non-existant. and kids can be very creative with a box of fabric scraps!
    or if you don't want to give them away (although you've been throwing them away) put out an offer here on the board, there are members who will buy them from you, members who will pay postage for you to send them or members who really can not afford to pay but could really put them to good use.
    it is heart breaking to hear of people throwing out what others would do so much with...



    Quote Originally Posted by Jamiestitcher62
    Wow, and I've been throwing scraps away. What a great idea. I will have to try that.

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    Here's a pic for you guys of my crumbs quilt in progress. Each block is 4 inches.
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    Had to read the whole thing, and YES my heart stopped! Did not know what was meant by 'crumbs', now i do, and I LOVE it! Even at that I have never thrown so much as a thread away. I bag it up and use it for stuffing. Made a big pillow for the cats stuffed with all these leftovers. Last week my grandson (11) came to quilting club with me and one of the gals (has more patience than I) helped him make a pillow. I didn't have any stuffing with me and he was impatient so he stuffed it with the scraps in the bag we keep at club. Worked great, and he was tickled pink.

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    love the scrappy look!

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    I think I like my scraps better than yardage. I can't tell you how many times I've been tempted to chop up everything I have! :roll: I even love playing with the selvages!

    Do what makes you happy. That's the best part about quilting.

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    I saw a demonstation once on Simply Quilts where the lady took tiny scraps and laid them on a fabric and then overlaid a netting over that and quilted it down. It was an interesting idea. Then she used that to put in a quilt treating it like a piece of cloth.

    Here is a link to some of the stuff I have made with my confusion technique which is somewhat the same as the crumb technique. I like to do a few other things with the technique such as cut off a section sew in a piece lengthwise and readd the cut off piece. It makes it appear that the lengthwise piece is laying ontop of the underneath joined confusion. There are lots of things you can do with crazy quilting and crumbs in particular. I think the artistic appeal far outweights the cost of thread.

    My Confusion directions and pictures of some of the things I made with it.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-30920-1.htm

    The crazy quilt hearts are down in the middle. Sorry you can't see the little ones as well as I would like but you get the idea. The confusion ones are in the bottom under the others.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-35281-1.htm

    I had a lady save her tiny scraps from a 30's quilt she made. I stripped together 3/4" strips and made her a checkbook cover and a coin purse and keychain from it all. Those tiny scraps have meaning for miniaturists! They would be great for anyone who makes Doll Quilts for Doll Houses.

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    Thanks for the great thread!! I've been dying to make one of these :D
    The photos are awesome!!! :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chele
    I think I like my scraps better than yardage. I can't tell you how many times I've been tempted to chop up everything I have! :roll: I even love playing with the selvages!

    Do what makes you happy. That's the best part about quilting.
    You are too funny!!! CHOP CHOP lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chele
    I think I like my scraps better than yardage. I can't tell you how many times I've been tempted to chop up everything I have! :roll: I even love playing with the selvages!

    Do what makes you happy. That's the best part about quilting.
    Maybe we should have "Crumbs" as a theme for the doll quilt some month, might be fun lol

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    I save my scraps for string or scrappy quilts. I did make crumbs once or twice but don't care to do it again for several reasons: I hate to work with really small pieces of fabrics,
    you use lots of thread (I used spools and bobbins that had only a little thread on them) and you need to buy fabric for the sashing which sort of defeats the purpose of using scraps.
    I like the idea of saving little scraps, trimmings, small pieces of thread and batting in a fabric pillowcase that will be used as a doggie or cat mat/pillow. May in Jersey

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    I just asked the question, what is a crumb, but reading on I found the answer. Thanks for the pictures and the information. I'm going to try this.

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    I use a lot of them for PP.

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    That's a work of art! Thanks for posting it. 80

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    To me anything under 1 1/2 inches goes out. However it goes into a bag for a friend who does mini's. She will get a bag of little pieces and spend hours sorting and planning where to use the small pieces. Her quilts are gorgeous though and I admire her ability to use all the tiny fabric scraps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhonda
    Crumb quilting is a Crazy Quilt technique. I call my version Confusion. It is a form of quilting that has been handed down through the generations. We have just found a way to make the crazy patch without a backing to sew the pieces to.

    Yes it is worth it. It is an art form that I enjoy. It isn't all about going green but it is an expression of creativity first and foremost. Each one of the blocks are unique and the finished project has a charm that can't be duplicated.

    They are easy to make. You just lay two pieces of fabric together face to face and sew together. Trim a straight edge and add another swatch of fabric. It is a free form don't have to measure exersize that is fun to do! When you are done just cut a square out of the fabric you just created and use it for whatever you are making.

    It is so easy I taught a 9 yr old to do it and she made a pillow out of hers and won a ribbon at the local fair.
    I also used it for my twin grandsons first foray into quilting. They are 6. They loved it and it was so easy for them to do.
    I see that you have postings quite often, I didn't know what crumb quilting was till I opened this thread, I would have probably blissfully just pieced the pieces without a backing anyway, but what do you do, and if you use a backing then what do you use?
    :) :)

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    I really like your quilt. Who would guess that it was just bits. :)

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    Aw, great quilts you guys!!!!!!!!! Guess I should be saving my itty bitty pieces!

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    I know that beautiful things can come from others "trash", it's just not something I do. I think artists are the most creatively minded people (I consider quilting to be an art). I just don't have it in me to really sit down and shift through the crumbs-although I have noticed I have been saving more scraps than before. I've also been known to dig out crumbs from the trash to complete blocks-when it's the only fabric pieces-I've been known to be creative and frugal.
    I see quilting, crafts and art all the same way-you take it or leave it, but never judge someone else's craft by your standards( I don't always understand abstracts) Smile at the gifts you have!

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    Thread is cheaper than fabric :)

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    That quilt is just beautiful. I have only made a few practice blocks with my crumbs and I'm not convinced, but that quilt may have just inspired me to try again.

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    Mlaceruby, how incredible! It's hard to imagine that great quilt being in the garbage can. If that's a waste of thread, I'm all for it. Makes me give by scraps another look.

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    I use those tiny pieces in paper piecing. Almost nothing is too small for that. I'm not up for sewing them together to make blocks though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebecca VLQ
    Well, if I paid for the whole yard, I'm gonna USE the whole yard! Or, pretty close to it. I'd say smaller than a 1" square it's gonna get lost in the fuzz bag. And as for the wasted thread...I've found if I wanna sew, but don't have a project in mind sewing crumbs-strings-scraps feeds the need without doing too much damage. :D
    lol...this is the way I feel. Practically nothing goes to waste at the MouseHouse! If it's too small to wrap my mousie paws around it will go into the 'stuffing bin' and will be added to scraps of batting etc. and cut threads to stuff pillows.
    Don't forget, if you use Rhonda's methods, you can use up so mighty small scraps :thumbup:

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    This is a new topic for me. I am not familar with 'crumbs'.
    Why are these not just considered scraps? It must have something to do with all the 'new' terms relating our fabric to food. LOL
    Since the pieces are small scraps I suppose there is no concern about bias edges stretching? Or bias edges on the outside of a block? Learn something new here everyday. :)

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