Thursday, May 08, 2008

Feeling crumby...

That play on words would be a lot more fun if it weren't so true. So true. I've been feeling crummy..crumby...crumbly... The cold has moved from a contant drip to a constant cough. Just a little niggle of a cough, so I'm thankful. I'm half-deaf due to the congestion in my head, but who's to say that's a bad thing in a house full of hootin' and hollerin' kids? Just moving slow and not taking on any challenging projects. I'm in a zone with the crumbs.

For those of you that visit my blog and are not quilty- gasp- I know, my quilty friends, hard to believe that one can maintain a relationship without the fanaticism that is the quilty in me, but I love them in spite of their lack of addiction to quilting- and they are ever supportive of my co-dependency. Crumbs are the little bits and pieces of fabric that I trim off and toss into a basket... then a tub and when that overflows, another tub. You get the picture. Lots of bits. I usually use these little pieces when I am making postcards- it takes so little to cover a 4x6" card, in numerous ways, that even the smallest piece can be used. Unfortunately, it would take me ten years to use all of those tiny pieces up in postcards- it just is not ideal for stash-busting. So I am stitching them all together into crumb blocks. Just slapping all kinds of fabrics together until I have something big enough to cut a little 4" square from. Some blocks have as many as 20 fabrics and some only 2. It goes really fast, even between nose-blowing and trying to cough up a lung. Aren't they adorable?



I don't know what I'll be doing with them... Bonnie http://quiltville.com/ sews hers together- four patches per block. Which makes sense because they are so small. I have also seen them with tiny sashing- which does not sound like anything I'd be interested in!! Just noodling has created 69 blocks in the past couple days- two more tubs of crumbs to go. No hurry. They'll keep.

I have to run into Indy, today. My first day out, all week. Eva has an appointment with her neurologist at Riley Children's Hospital. Just routine and we feel like things are going great for her, so- no stress. Hope everyone has a fun sewing day.

11 comments:

Quilt Pixie said...

isn't it so much fun to see what develops as you pull pieces out... your collection in the pic seem to have lots of purples going, but then the single photo is mainly blues... so much fun when they're all done up.

Hope hte cold moves on soon.

Tracey said...

you have been busy, girl!! now why can't i be that productive, with or without a cold? love the crumbs! get well soon.

Julia said...

Get well soon! These are so cute. They are going to make a cute quilt, filled with all the memories of the big quilts that these tiny pieces came from.
Do you mean that their some people out there who are not addicted to quilting? LOL

Joyce said...

Gotta love crumbs. The use up bits and pieces and look great.

Peni said...

How cool is that!!!

I'm feeling a bit under the weather, too...those crumbs are lookin' tasty about now.

I love it when you lead me astray....

XOXOXOXOXOXO mama

Darcie said...

My hopes and prayers are with you and Eva today...for an all-thumbs-up check-up. Perhaps you could leave your cold/flu bug out in the parking lot or something? ;-)

Mmm-mm. Love your crumbs! So funny that you should be working on those. I was in a bit of an organization mode last week...and got my bits into decent bins. At the time, I was thinking that I'd like to try some crumb making. Thinking never grew into anything bigger though. ;-) Glad you're having some fun between coughs and sniffles.

Love you tons!

Rabbit Stitchings said...

ok those little blocks are the ultimate in scrappy and frugalness... mmm is that a word frugalness and if it is, I hope I spelt it right LOL...

Isobel said...

What an absolutely wonderful idea. I made a string quilt one time using scraps and loved it. Alex was so impressed with it that I knotted it, bound it and gave it to him for a birthday or somethingl. I like this as another way to use up scraps. You have such lovely scraps to begin with. Can sympathize with you abut feeling 'crumby'. Has chest congestion with coughing that should have torn out my throat...sure made my sides hurt. Ever try to hold your sides, coveer your mouth and cough at the same time?

jovaliquilts said...

Your crumb blocks are so much fun! Love how all the crumb blocks I see on people's blogs are similar but personal, depending on the scraps. Yours are lovely!

racheariel said...

I love these blocks! Will yu tell me how you made them though? I tried something similar (second quilt here: http://racheariel.typepad.com/rachels_adventures/2008/05/quilting.html) and felt like i used a lot of fabric to get a small block, and ended up wasting a lot too). Is there a trick? or an easier way? thanks!
Rachel :)

(ps. you can email me at racheariel at gmail.com)

Chrissie said...

I love how the crumbs turned out, Nines - could you explain how you did that? I'd love to use up some of mine that way. I love all you have been doing lately, and John's quilt and his smile made my day - Thanks so much!
Chrissie