Oh Crumbs!


Gathering all my scraps together
I play with them in separate heaps,
place one shade against another.
Sometimes they clash: I start again,
throw them about in bright array –
patterned fabric allied with plain
small pieces juxtaposed with large
until a design starts to emerge
When a happy combination comes  –
like an autumn festival of leaves –
the quilt design is as good as made.

Today’s PAD prompt is to write about a Gathering.  As I put the finishing touches on the crumb quilt I’ve been making for my daughter’s campervan, the first response to spring to mind was a patchworking one.  A crumb quilt is one made from the smallest scraps, bits of superfluous blocks, and is generally a pain in the altogether to put together. Bias edges stretch every which way and geometry was never my strong point anyway.

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7 Responses to Oh Crumbs!

  1. thehutts says:

    Thanks Mum. Sally

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  2. I am in love with your quilt – asymmetry is lovely – and your take on the prompt as well. The gathering of scraps to make a work of art is very nice indeed. Wish I had a talent for this type of work – but my sister is the quilter in our family.
    Bless you, Viv! Amy

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  3. Viv, the quilt is as beautiful as the poem! Love seeing your work. From the looks of what you did, I have made a crumb quilt or two without even knowing it! The blues are just lovely!

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  4. earlybird says:

    A glorious burst of blues.

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  5. Victoria says:

    I enjoy the random effects of patchwork or crumb quilts. Fun.

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  6. Tilly Bud says:

    Lovely to see it finished!

    I like ‘happy combination’

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  7. Susannah says:

    That’s lovely. It looks like a landscape viewed from above. Your words are lovely too. 🙂

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