Thursday, March 17, 2016

"A Lot of Fight Left" in These Crumbs

Finally! At long last the crumb slabs quilt is done!  I went back and looked, my first post about this one was way back in May of last year.  It's really unusual for me to have a quilt in progress that long!

 This is the latest in a line of crumb quilts I've made.  I store my crumbs in a large glass jar and whenever it fills up I make something with them. There was the Sherwood Forest quilt, Crumb Jar Nines, and Scrappy Paint Boxes. I love using scraps!

This is the first crumb quilt to be made entirely from scraps. Even the background pieces are sewn together from low volume fabric scraps.

I used FMQ to quilt the top heavily with overlapping spirals.  I use a scoop shaped foot with measurement lines on it to help keep the spacing even. (You can see the foot in this post).  FMQ as opposed to a walking foot makes for much less shifting and wrinkling of the fabric.

This quilt is going to be in the Modern section at the Tyler Quilt Show this weekend. This is the first quilt I have ever had in a show!  I don't think you are generally supposed to wash show quilts but I just couldn't stand the idea of not washing a scrap quilt. They don't feel done until they have that krinkle.

I ended up facing this quilt so that the design would continue right out to the edge.  It just felt right. First time I've tried that, and it went surprisingly well.  The quilt is also closer to square than I ever dared hope it would be!

The backing is a favorite IKEA fabric.  It makes your eyes do funny things to look at.

When I was working on this back in the fall I kept thinking about the lyrics to "Fight Song" by Rachel Platten and how they related to this quilt. Even the smallest scraps can have a huge effect!  I wrote part of the chorus on the label and the quilt is names "A Lot of Fight Left."

"Like a small boat
On the ocean
Sending big waves
Into motion
Like how a single word
Can make a heart open
I might only have one match
But I can make an explosion"
"'Cause I've still got a lot of fight left in me"

Linking to Finish it Friday and Oh Scrap!


  1. I Love this so much! Something so mighty from tiny little crumbs!

  2. LOVE the quilting on this one! Have fun at the show - wish I could be there!

  3. Congrats! on your newly completed quilt. It turned out beautifully and I love, Love, LOVE the circular quilting!!!

  4. A second place ribbon at the East Texas Quilt show! Congrats!!!

  5. I really like the quilting on this...AND I just have to adopt the crumb jar idea

  6. I really like the quilting on this...AND I just have to adopt the crumb jar idea

  7. This quilt is fantastic in so many ways. I love the lyrics you included on the back. It is a song I have adopted that reminds me that little old me can still have a great impact. And your humble little crumbs made quite the explosion! Thanks so much for sharing with Oh Scrap!

  8. Absolutely wonderful -- I LOVE this quilt. And your lyrics on the label make it even more special. BEAUTIFUL!

  9. Gorgeous quilting! I love how you take on the scrap problem. Well done!

  10. A great scrap quilt! I love both the piecing and the quilting. I have to try circle quilting again; I really like it.

  11. I love everything about this quilt!

  12. i really, really like your quilt! the fractured colors, and the spiral quilting make it look like you're looking under water, and the water is waving/rippling. I'm off to look at your other crumb quilts. I love crumb quilting, too!

  13. What a wonderful quilt. Love the piecing and the quilting. WOW!

  14. Perfect quote for a scrappy quilt! I love that song! It is played st my gym and we stretch to it, very inspiring! You have a beautiful finish therre!

  15. Did you use a specific pattern for this quilt?

    1. The quilt was improve pieced, I did not use a pattern. Thanks for asking!

  16. I really love this quilt. It is gorgeous!!!