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Improv RAW EDGE/CRUMB QUILTING paper piecing video tutorial

raw edge improv
I finished this improv piece of raw edge/crumb quilting/whatever this may be called if it’s already got a name.
It’s 10″ x 10″ and I quite liked the process.
I haven’t washed it yet but I’m pretty sure it’ll hold fine, the quilting is 1/4″ apart.
Using fusible interfacing and a bit of glue works fine. If you’re worried about glue in your machine you can use applique glue. Or just use a knitting needle or some other tool to help the loose bits of fabric that aren’t stuck to the interfacing to go under the foot of the machine.
I’m now keeping almost every single bit of fabric. I do quite a bit of foundation piecing so there’s always odd bits of fabric that are quite hard to recycle…. until now!

Maybe you’re interested but don’t quite like the raw edge? Check these improv tutorials.


If you like improv patchwork, check out the projects I’ve made over the years.

Improv projects tutorials

Upcycled travel bag tutorial

Upcycled travel bag tutorial

Semi-improv 9-patch quilt

Quilt-as-you-go patchwork school bag

Urban garden iPad carry case

Improv patchwork headboard makeover

Spanish lace bobbins holder

Improv/free form quilt series

Reversible tray cover using improv piecing and embroidery

Free form patchwork mini quilt – visual creative process

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“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

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  1. I, too, have been making crumb blocks! Though a bit differently. I start by stitching 2 pieces together and keep adding fabric until its about 10″x10″. I will definitely try your method as well! Anything to get a handle on my many bags of scraps! I wish I had color sorted them, now is a good time.

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  2. Hi Teresa. For some strange reason I can’t get this raw edge video to load but can watch the others on the same link.
    Am I missing something, as I’m keen to watch your technique.
    Enjoy your Easter 🐣 break.
    Jan R in Brisbane

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  3. Hi Jan, I haven’t posted a video yet. I have a few photos showing the process on my Facebook page and instagram if interested


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