My sister started it. She started making crumb blocks. And, like the lemming I am, I jumped right in after her. I’ll admit that I was resistant at first. Why would I want to sew little scraps together all willy-nilly? I’m a symmetrical person fo cryin’ out loud! I
love need balance. (my nine-year old grandson asked me Saturday if I knew what symmetry was. Unfortunately, at times, I know all too well!) So, the thought of grabbing a couple of scrap pieces out of a basket and making them fit gave me fits. And what if one of the scraps was, say, a Christmas fabric…in a non-holiday themed quilt. My quilting OCD wouldn’t let me do that. Oh dear! I told myself this would drive me batty(er) and I don’t need the stress.
And my sister kept talking about her crumb blocks. How much fun they were. How cool they were. How many quilt tops she made. I tried to resist. I really did. But resistance was futile. I jumped in. At first I just sewed them as leaders and enders. A snippet here….a square there. A strip along the Flying Geese that didn’t fly right. Uh oh….this was fun!
So I started to look forward to the crumb blocks more than the project blocks. And then…(dramatic pause)…I put the project away and made crumb blocks. Not a million, but quite a few. I found myself going through my large scrap baskets and cutting smaller pieces and locating all of those orphan half square triangles.
I think this is what we all need at times…some mindless sewing. The kind that’s very forgiving. The kind that doesn’t count mistakes. The kind where mistakes like my wonky Flying Geese can find a home. We all need crumb blocks.
Want to see how to make them? Click here to visit Bonnie Hunter’s blog.