Every now and then I get the urge to make crumb blocks, and I cover every surface of the sewing room with little strings and snippets and scraps. I sew together all the little shreds that I've saved in various containers, and I'm happy, happy, happy.
Blocks start to materialise on the design wall. I love the way the tiny pieces look next to each other. I plan to make lots of crumb quilts, and to keep sewing until all the containers are empty.
At that point it's time to pack it all away and let it sit in the cupboard for a while. I know that I will accumulate another pile of interesting scraps, and then I'll be able to finish the blocks I started, and make a whole new stack of them. You can't rush crumb piecing, it's a progression, not a straightforward process. My quilt will be all the more interesting if I take longer to make it. It's definitely not a quilt-in-a-day.