For the **Deep Red Crumb Squares** are done -

There are four more that go on the top row - but it's too high for me to reach - and you get the idea. The larger size will be 5 Crumb Blocks across the top and 6 down - so I have a few more Crumb Blocks yet to make - ;))

This past week I handed off two of my UFOs to Frog Quilter as a donation to her **Quilty Hugs** passion -

Go take a look at the **FABULOUS** quilting she did on **Jelly Beans** - HERE -

It's been a UFO of mine for years - it was all boxed up but never quite made it to the longarmer. I posted about the top HERE - and the back HERE -

I am sooooooooooo glad that she is going to finish it and find it a good home - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

For 11 more alternate blocks for my **Deep Red Crumb Squares** -

On the right are the RED squares - 11 sets of 4 @ 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" -

And the RED center squares - 11 @ 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" -

On the left are the "three-sies" - 44 sets of 3 - 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" squares -

For the sash strips - ;))

Tomorrow I'll sort them into 11 sets of 4 -

And play with getting all of the parts together into actual blocks - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

So - while I was in a "cutting" mood -

I got a head start on the next one that I have planned -

Dug out some 10" squares -

Which are more like 9" squares now after pre-washing - LOL -

And - YES - I do pre-wash my 10" squares - but not jelly rolls or charm packs -

Ran them through my strip cutter die -

Then cut the rest of what I needed from some yardage -

We'll see if it looks as good "in real life" as it does in my head -

There are a couple more "projects" that I need to sort out -

Then I can get going on making more Crumb blocks - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

After I figured out how many more units I need to get my 4x4 **Deep Red Crumb Squares** up to a 5x6 layout - which should make it a pretty good sized lap quilt -

But I didn't realize that it would require -

14 more Crumb BIG blocks with 4 little ones each - so another 56 Crumb blocks

14 more sets of 4 RED sashes - so another 56 of those

14 more GREEN centers

11 more Alternate blocks with 4 sets of little RED ones - so 44 more of those

11 more RED centers

11 more sets of 4 Crumb sashes with 3 squares each - so another 132 of those

Good grief!! -

The original 4x4 only needed 16 Crumb Squares and 9 Alternate Blocks -

It's like a whole other quilt!! -

I also needed to cut 6 more side triangles - QST -

But surprisingly enough -

I didn't need any additional corners -

Just kidding - 4 corners is still 4 corners - no matter what -

I wanted to see if you were paying attention - LOL - ;))

So - while I'm in a "cutting" mood - I might try to get a head start on the next one that I have planned - see if it looks as good "in real life" as it does in my head. Then I can get going on making more Crumb blocks - ;))

These really are like potato chips -

I can't make just one - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

For an "on-point" setting -

With NO MATH -

Is easy -

If you think about it for a minute -

Of course, you can always consult a "chart" for exact sizes -

But you can also "eyeball" it -

And go with an estimate -

Especially if you want your blocks to "float" -

Let me explain **How I Do It** - ;))

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I finished up the rest of the **Deep Red Crumb Squares** blocks and put them all up on the design wall -

Now I need to fill it in with side triangles and the corners -

**CORNER TRIANGLES - HST - **

Here's the bottom left corner -

I know that I need a **HST** triangle about this big to fill in the corner -

It has to be a **Half-Square Triangle (HST)** -

Because I want/need the outside edges to be on the straight of grain -

The long diagonal side will be the one sewn to the block -

Because the ruler is RH - it's easier to show you in the top RH corner -

That a 6" square will probably work -

You can also count the squares on the mat -

Since I like to cut them oversize to let my blocks "float" -

I did the MATH and cut my **Black** and **Cheddar** ones at 7" -

But I don't have to do any MATH -

I just have to measure my block -

**Shortcut - cut your corner squares the same size as your block -**

The diagonal will be always be longer than the side of your block -

Your blocks will "float" and you can always trim the corners to size later -

My blocks measure 7-1/2" -

I said before that I cut my **Black** and **Cheddar** ones at 7" -

But for this one I want more "float" - so I'm going to cut them at 8" -

So for 4 HST - corner triangles -

I cut 2 squares at 8" and stacked them -

Then cut them on the DIAGONAL - ONCE -

**SIDE TRIANGLES - QST -**

The side triangles need to be **Quarter-Square Triangles (QST)** -

Because I want/need the outside edges to be on the straight of grain -

The shorter bias edges will be sewn to the blocks -

So - for a side triangle - I'll need a QST - about this big -

**Shortcut - measure the diagonal of my block -**

The outside edge is roughly the same size as the diagonal measurement -

An 11' square would probably work -

I cut my **Black** and **Cheddar** ones at 12" -

But for this one I want more "float" - so I'm going to cut them at 13" -

I can get 3 - 13" squares across the width of fabric - using 39" of 40"-42" WOF -

And 3 squares will give me 12 QST which is what I need -

For 12 QST - side triangles -

I cut 3 squares at 13" and stacked them -

Then cut them on the DIAGONAL - TWICE -

I always put the corners on the wall first so that I don't get them mixed up -

Once the four corners - **HST** - are accounted for -

The rest are **QST** side triangles -

I like this one so much I think I want to make it bigger -

There is plenty more red fabric -

And no shortage of crumbs -

So that's my new plan - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Ten more to go -

For the center of my **Deep Red Crumb Squares** -

Then it needs the setting triangles and corners cut -

While I'm already planning the next one - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Can be sewn together a number of different ways - ;))

You can sew bit to bit - use strips - or not -

Only ONE piece needs a straight edge -

And even at that - you can "eyeball" a straight line if you want to -

There are NO RULES - ;))

I finished up the last four "Crumb" blocks that I needed for my **Deep Red Crumb Squares** - gotta love the little pink elephant -

And was going to sew the "Crumb" blocks together today -

But then thought that I would show how "I" sew odd-ball bits/pieces instead - ;))

This plastic bin is full of the "cut-offs" from previously made "crumb" blocks -

Anything less than 3/4" is really too small/narrow to use -

Since 1/2" is taken up with seam allowances -

But I found these little bits/pieces and they are still usable -

Although they may not look like it at first glance -

I also have some 1" squares in a basket that can be used -

Some "larger" crumbs in another basket -

And a bunch of bits/pieces sewn together in various shapes and sizes -

I'll take this bunch and sort them -

Into piles of similar shapes and sizes -

Here's one "almost up to size" - it goes in another pile -

So - back to the bits/pieces - I'll show you how I use this stack of four -

They are mostly triangular shaped but have a curved edge - which makes them look unusable -

But they make great "corners" for some of my other bits/pieces -

Flip the top one over - and I can follow the "straight edge" of the top piece -

Same with this one -

And this one -

So I can sew these three - chain piecing - one right after the other -

And the fourth one can go with this bit/piece -

All four sewn -

And clipped apart - and pressed open -

Take them to my little cutting mat next to the sewing machine -

And trim the left side for a "straight edge" -

Then this one -

And the other side -

And this one - the left side first -

Then across at an angle because they don't quite line up -

And I like them wonky -

Then this one -

Left side -

Trim the other "tail" -

And there you go -

Four more little bits/pieces to go on the piles with their friends who are similar shape and size -

The seam allowance on this one was a little too big -

But a quick trim with the scissors fixed it -

Then there are these guys -

The brown one will make a good corner for this bit -

And the orange one seems to fit this one -

I may lose some of the smaller bits in the seam allowance -

And I may "un-stitch" some of them to re-sew to a larger piece -

But I'll decide that when I get there -

Because I pretty much make it all up as I go along -

So - for now - I'll just keep on keepin' on -

Sewing bits to bits - or to strips -

Whichever strikes my fancy - because there are NO RULES -

And I am in no danger of running out of "Crumbs" - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -