Monday, March 12, 2018

How about a challenge?

Well, I really don't need a challenge. I have enough stuff on my to-do list.

There is the "Cathedral Window" challenge with Carin and Tanya, which I am still thinking about.
Having made one very large cathedral window quilt in my past, it will not be as much a challenge of doing something new as figuring out what to make of something that is sure to turn out heavy.

Then, there is the challenge of making the big-boy quilt for my third grandson. I have been gathering black and white fabrics, which was his choice, but coming up with a plan that will fit the fabrics I now have .... So, it is still on hold...

Now there is another challenge in the picture.

My Left-handed quilting friend has been playing around with "crumb" quilts. One was set in black and another in cheddar, and now there is a challenge to try other backgrounds to see how they work.

Without the use of a machine, I do not save odd scraps, but cut them into the largest size block I can make and put it into a tin or box. anything smaller than one inch square (+ a quarter-inch seam allowance) I throw out.

I therefore have lots of marked and cut pieces that can be used in something like this project/challenge ... the most plentiful bits being the one, two, and three inch segments.
I am not sure these fit the title of "crumb" but they can be easily sewed into three-inch blocks ... and that can be done on train rides and down-time.

In fact, I have a whole bunch of three inch pieced squares that were left over from the "bento-box" runners made last year.

Note one zip-lock of 1 x 2, and another of 1 x 3, and a whole big box of marked 1-inch bits.

Does this look like a challenge or just a good way to clear out scraps?

I don't want to have to buy any fabric and have a few bigger pieces of solids that have gathered over the years. I thought of using the blue-grey piece but have not yet measured what I have, and not sure if it would make a quilt of a usable size.
Probably I could get a table runner out of what I have.

Looking through my piles I found the mottled purple-ish black. There seems to be a bit more of that. Of course, Brown is my favorite but I have plans for the large piece in my stash. I might want to decide just how big a quilt I would like to make.

Usually I make quilts with a purpose. If I made this on into a bed-size quilt, I'm not sure who might want it. If I make it into a table runner, maybe I have enough of the grey and by the time I get it done, I could clear the junk off my table so I could replace the Christmas/New years runner that is still on the table. Of course, the original purpose of quilted runners was more to protect the wood from the white rings created by glasses of ice water left sitting ... a problem I no longer have. But ... then again, Maybe if I had a new runner, I might refrain from piling junk on the table ... hmmm,

On the other hand, maybe I could raffle off a bed quilt to make money for the homeless meals...
Meanwhile, it is rather fun to just be making little blocks and possibly seeing some of these cut bits decrease in number ....

If you like challenges, you might go to my side bar and check out what the left-handed world has to offer.


  1. A challenge is always good for us at any age, I can see you will tackle this like any other that has gone before.those scraps will get in there somewhere.

  2. I enjoy a challenge, especially one that I am determined not to buy any fabric, use what I have.

  3. I can't imagine saving anything smaller than 1 inch. Not sure I even save much of that. 1 inch is a crumb to me. The rest goes into a bag, and is given to a lady in my guild, who turns that into dog beds for shelter dogs. Even my batting scraps go in that bag. I like the mottled background fabric best. Have fun figuring out what you'll make with those little squares.

  4. Welcome to the challenge!! I think the mottled purple-ish black would make a great background for your little blocks. The "original" pattern by Tonya Alexander (the link is on my blog) uses 16 one-inch squares to make a 4" finished block - but I tweaked it to use my 3-1/2" cut "crumb" blocks. You can make them any size you want - and use any color for the background. It's not meant to make you buy more fabric - it's meant to use up your bits and pieces in a "colorful" way - and the "background" doesn't even have to be all the same color - make it YOUR way - ;))

  5. I used to love doing challenges, now I can never keep up. I save my scraps, you never know when you want a small piece for appliqué and i hate cutting into yardage for that. I also like sewing bits together and making things with the larger crazy pieces.


  6. Challenges are nice, especially if you have plenty of time and little pressure.
    It is nice to see a dent in the stash and this crumb quilt project seems a good challenge. BTW what is a crumb quilt?
    As for your grandson's quilt. Black and white is striking, with contrast. AS for the design and pattern, will you choose a 'boyish/masculine' pattern, something modern and geometric, or something reflecting his hobbies, interests or personality?

  7. I definitely like the mottled fabric best for this.

  8. I am sure you ace any challenge except clearing out all the scraps! I don't think that's never happens to any of us 😉

  9. I love the little blocks you did. I tried the crumb block thing a while back and just did not get into it. But, cutting little pieces to make cute blocks might be something I could get into.

    I have a little too much on my plate to start the challenge right now.....but it is definitely filed in my memory banks!

    Thank you for the eye candy.

  10. Looks like a lot of challenges and a lot of decisions. Plenty of thinking!

  11. I got off to a good start thinking about the cathedral window project but have now set it aside and no longer remember what I learned when making the first attempt. Obviously I need to keep to one project at a time or else it is like starting from scratch...