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Have you done much crazy quilting? It looks interesting.
I know a lot of people like CQ but I never have really been into it. I keep looking at it trying to see why everyone likes it so much. I would rather do the crumb quilting. :D
I love the old crazy quilts. They had all sorts of symbols and pictures in them. Looking at an old crazy quilt is like reading an art book in a foreign language - you may not understand all of it, but it sure is nice.
I got started because someone gave me boxes of satins & velvets and I didn't know what else to do with them. I have enjoyed sitting and embroidering and putting on beads and just doing whatever I feel like.
It isn't something I plan to finish any time soon. It is just something to keep my hands busy when we watch TV. They aren't a very practical quilt but it is fun to work on.
I have done alot of crazy quilts, but never used a pattern. I sew my fabrics onto muslin foundation squares. I make up my squares then stitch down the seams with fancy machine embroidery stitches. Then I sew sashing around my crazy patch blocks, and then borders.
I'm enclosing some photos of the quilt I taught back in Sept.
I like it. Nice big blocks too. Nice! :D
Thanks Donna Rae... the blocks measure 14 1/2" square :)
Did you machine or hand appliqué where some of the patches don't come into a straight line?
I was waiting for someone more experienced to answer this. BUT here goes my limited experience.
It is similar to paper piecing. You sew onto a foundation like muslin although you can use up your "what was I thinking" fabric as long as it isn't too dark.
I learned to start with an odd number of sides in the center so you don't end up going around in a square. Then you sew the next piece on. If you have a piece underneath that sticks out you cut it off leaving a quarter inch seam. Press then move on to another piece.
As for the embellishments that go on top. You can put whatever you want on top. If you want to cover a spot that works.
Here is the link to some of my pictures.