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Thread: CRAZY Quilt Trouble

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    Senior Member fayza's Avatar
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    I am very frugal about saving scraps right down to the smallest piece so I recently started a Crazy Quilt thinking it would be a great way to put those small bits and pieces to good use. You would think this would be the easiest kind of quilt to do, but with my OCD (My own diagnosis. lol) I am having the hardest time getting it started. ERRRR
    Any suggestions?

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    I would make a foundation square out of muslin & start sewing scraps on until this square is covered.

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    no help here I have to have order and crazy quilts just push my boundries :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mommamac
    I would make a foundation square out of muslin & start sewing scraps on until this square is covered.
    Thats a good idea. I definately need some sense of direction. Its driving me crazy. I guess thats why its called a "Crazy Quilt" lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by mommamac
    I would make a foundation square out of muslin & start sewing scraps on until this square is covered.
    I agree! I have the hardest time with crazy q's too, but once I get started I'm always amazed at how well it comes out.

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    Carol Doak has a free paper piecing pattern at her web site for a crazy quilt block or at least she did at one time, because I have it downloaded to my computer.

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    You have to be willing to cut chunks off and discard them. If you go at it like a paper pieced block it is easier. Start with a piece in the center of your backing and just start adding, flipping, pressing and adding. Clip off only when you know it is sewn down on all sides or you may be sorry and have to patch an area. It is ok to add by hand too. There are some good books, my favorite is a small hard cover spiral bound by J. Marsha Michler Crazy Quilting the Complete Guide. She includes 10 ways to patch a crazy quilt, 100 embroidery stitches, embellishments and loads of beautiful color photos for inspiration.

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    She still does - it is half way down her website

    http://www.caroldoak.com/free-quilt-patterns.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by fayza
    I am very frugal about saving scraps right down to the smallest piece so I recently started a Crazy Quilt thinking it would be a great way to put those small bits and pieces to good use. You would think this would be the easiest kind of quilt to do, but with my OCD (My own diagnosis. lol) I am having the hardest time getting it started. ERRRR
    Any suggestions?
    I'm working on a queen right now. Have made a table runner, lap quilt and couch throw. I cut squares using an old sheet, starched them well. Then just pick up the pieces and sew. I use decorative stitches on them after the sq. is full, sq. up and that block is finished. I make my foundation 13" & trim them down after I am finished. All of the stitching takes up some of the foundation, so cut them a bit larger than you want your finished block. You can make them any size you wish. Hope this helps. Marge

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    I use small pieces, and sew up "crumb" blocks-3.5" size. That way I can use up those small pieces, and have something to show for it!
    The bigger crazy quilt blocks just don't do it for me. I need a bit of order.
    The "crumb" block idea comes from www.quiltville.com. Enjoy!

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