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Thread: Making a crazy quilt....

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    Making a crazy quilt....

    So I got this bright idea to make a crazy quilt with tons of embellishments that I've collected over the past year. I have almost all of my blocks finished, hand stitched them to a solid fabric. I want to sandwich my top with batting and a backing fabric. My question is: When I start to embroider and add embellishments, Do I sew on embellishments, trinkets, charms and embroider, etc before I sandwich or do I sandwich and then add the decorations/embellishments???? I've ordered a few books on crazy quilting but none of them have arrived yet. I guess I'm jumping a little ahead here but I wanted to start getting my floss, trinkets, charms, etc etc etc together but if I have to sandwich and quilt first, no use in getting that stuff together just yet. Thanks for any help! ! ! .........Patti
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    Search crazy quilts on line and look at your library. There are some excellent books. If you want to do a traditional crazy quilt, they're usually not quilted in the sense that we know quilting.
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    I have never made a crazy quilt, if I were to add embellishments, I would add them as the very last thing I do.
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    You are correct, crazy quilts usually did not have batting, but you could use a thin cotton if you thought you wanted that. Embroidery would need to be done before you added batting. but embellishments would probably need to be added after you quilted.
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    Do your embroidery by hand or machine before making the quilt sandwich. It will be too thick to do it after sandwiching the quilt. Add your trinkets and embellishments at the very last so they are not in the way for quilting.
    P.S. If you want to machine embroider as the quilting, keep to a more simple open design so your machine can handle the bulk of the sandwich.

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    Traditionally crazy quilts were made by sewing your fabrics to a foundation piece of fabric, I use muslin. Then the embroidery, silk ribbon embroidery, beading and charms are added. I have never used batting. After all my embroidery and embellishing are done, I add my backing, using thread the same color as my backing , and working from the front of the quilt, I tack the front and back together with tiny discreatly hidden stitches, scattered across the quilt. Then add binding.

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    I'm hand sewing the pieces for the top and plan to hand quilt the whole thing. All of the embroidery will be done by hand as well. I love handwork. I think anyone, well, almost anyone, can use a machine, I love the look and just knowing that I made a quilt all by myself by hand. I finished my King size GFG hexagon quilt top just this past fall, I need to sandwich it but I don't have the space to do it, I'm working on a place to do the sandwiching. But, my crazy quilt, I want to hand sew, quilt, bind, embroidery and add my trinkets/charms/buttons, etc, all by hand. Thanks to eveyone for your tips and suggestions.
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    Sounds fun. I have wanted to one of those after doing a crazy quilt hand bag. Teresa

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