Free Pattern: Breadcrumbs!


Meet Breadcrumbs! The latest in a series of baby quilts I am working on.  This will be given to my older sister, Katelyn, who is due this year with baby #4.

This quilt is much less complicated than in looks.   It finishes at 49″ x 58″ and falls into the “crib size” range.

This quilt uses CRUMBS.  To me, crumbs are small bits of fabric that are leftover after other pieces have been cut out.  They are to short to be strings, and not worth the hassle of cutting into squares or strips.  I keep a box or bag nearby when I am cutting and they all go together.  I stayed mainly with dark crumbs in this quilt, but if you look closely you can see a neutral here or there.

So dig out your crumb bucket/box/bag/bin/pile and lets go.

Yardage Requirements:

Border Fabric: 1/3 Yard

Neutrals: 1 3/4 Yard

Crumbs: 4 1/2 Yard (APPROXIMATELY)

Other Supplies: (120) 3 1/5″ square foundation papers.  I cut these from phone book pages, but regular printer paper will work also.


From Border Fabric:

1/4″ Strips.  Approximately 206″ worth.

From Neutral fabrics:

(120) 3 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ Rectangles

(120) 4 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ Rectangles

Step One: Piecing Crumb Blocks


Start with a 3 1/2″ square foundation paper.  With your stitch length at about a 1.4, paper piece the crumbs together.  I start in the center of the paper and work my way out.  I press after adding each crumb.  You can use as many, or as little crumbs per block.  I just kept grabbing and adding until the entire paper was covered.

After the paper is covered and pressed.  Flip it over and trim the excess fabric from around the paper, making a 3 1/2″ crumb block.

Make 120 Crumb Blocks.

When all the blocks are made, remove the paper from the back.

Step Two: Sashing

Next we are going to take our crumb blocks, and our NEUTRAL  3 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ rectangles.  Sew a rectangle to ONE side of the crumb block.  Press open towards the neutral.

one sash

After all the blocks are pressed, use the 4 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ rectangles to add a sashing to a second sashing.  Be consistent with which side you add the sashing too.  I keep my crumb blocks oriented the same way and feed them through the sewing machine with all of the first sashing facing me.

two sash

Press open to the neutral.

Step Three: Block Assembly. 

Next take your blocks and arrange them into pairs, as shown below.


Sew the crumb blocks together into pairs.  Each pair with have a neutral sashing on one side of the seam.  Press towards the sashing.

Next take your pairs and arrange them into blocks.


Pay close attention to the sashing strips.  Make sure that they form the pattern shown above.

Because you pressed the pair seams to the sashing, when you join them into blocks, those center seams will nest together.

Make 30 Blocks.

Step Four: Quilt Center Assembly

Arrange your blocks in 6 rows of 5.  Keep the blocks turned the same way.  Join the blocks into rows.  Then join the rows together.


Step Five: Borders

Measure your quilt for length, in the center of the quilt.  Join border fabric strips together and cut to length.  Sew them to the sides of the quilt. Press open to the border fabric.

side borders

Next measure your quilt width at the center.  Cut border fabric strips to the width and sew them to the top and bottom. Press open.

Baste, quilt and bind.

Until next time,

The Quilt Police

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