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    I have been thinking of trying my hand with a crazy quilt. I"m not very good with fancy stitches, but I can zig za g and add lace. Hints help and advice is welcome, in fact that is what I'm here for. thanks :lol: in advance

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    Ruth, I just bought every book I could find on the subject. Now that I've read them all, I am out of excuses for finally starting mine. Maybe we can learn together...I know a good foundation fabric is important and I have decided to cut my blocks 9X9. The rest is supposed to be the fun part. I take it, we just have to dive in and get our feet wet, I too will take advice from a "veteran"..I will share a book or too if it will help. Janie

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    I am a little confused on how you attach it to the foundation. Is it only attached by the fancy stiches?
    I need to get to the library for some books, but it is snowing might get three feet and it is windy and wind chill below zero. I wish all my family would move somewhere warm then I could visit. :wink:

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    Dear Ruth,
    I have made a couple sample blocks, just cut from muslin and have added a few pieces of pretty stuff like velvet and satins with bits of lace or ribbon with a flip and sew method, you can do whatever you like, just cover the entire foundation block with the pretty scraps, sew them down, trip off the extra on the edges and then you do your embroidery and fancy stitching on the seams or whatever you want. That is the beauty of it and there are a zillion crazy quilt websites. So, I am out of excuses and I will get my pretty fabrics out soon and start pressing....Today is the day....maybe we should challenge eachother to get off our tails and get busy....let me know after you have tried a few sample blocks....the offer for a good book swap still is on the table...janie

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    Oregon has been spared such bad weather this year, but I sympathize....YOu don't live in NY do you? I can't even fathom 10-12 feet of snow....
    Stay warm and safe...Janie

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    Having been fascinated by Crazy Quilts forever, I gave it a shot. It is easy and it frees ones creative side, but talk about labor intensive!!! Just in the decorative stitches, mind you. I wanted really elaborate. After I realized I wasn't going to live long enough to finish a quilt (I figured at least 100 years), I decided to make a Christmas stocking out of it. No pics, I gave it to a friend for Christmas, but it turned out beautiful. And I actually got it done. No, it is not still a UFO lurking in the recesses of my sewing room. If a Crazy Quilt seems overwhelming to any of you , consider a smaller project.

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    This is part of my first 12 inch square I want to add a little more to it. I'm not happy with it. Next I will try one color.
    At 12 inches will make a nice crazy purse :roll:
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    I have wanted to make a crazy quilt for long time Neva

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    Ruth I sent you a PM, Did you get it.

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    Does anyone know how many yards it takes to make a stack and whack?

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    To 'stack and whack' we were taught to take a grouping of however many you want to stack. Let's say you have 6 different square fabrics. We cut ours all the same size to begin with. I had about a 10" square. You stack them neatly on top of each other. Then cut...(whatever angle or direction you want)put the top right piece under the right side stack. Sew them all back together. (Now they don't match fabrics) and, you continue this process 6 different times (because of 6 layers) Each time taking the right fabric once cut on top, and put on the bottom right side stack. How much fabric it takes could be however big you want your quilt. This is a fun project and the bright batik's look super this way. Skeat

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    Our quilt guild is doing a small project of different quilting techniques (applique, molas, trapunto,chicken scratch, and paper piecing) the projects can't be more than 4 inches because the are the center of an eight in paper pieced crazy quilt block. I decided that I was going to make a crazy quilt wall hanging out of my blocks. I made 12 blocks all together and also made 16 x16 block for the center. Now I am adding lace, stitches and old pieces of jewlery that were my mother's. Want to see if I can find a book this weekend on silk ribbon embrodery to add more to it.[img]
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    What a great idea!! And you work is beautiful. The small squares really cut it down to a managable size.

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    pretty cool

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    I love it. But I love crazy quilt. reminds me of my queen crazy quilt. I've made 2, and Going to make another one. I'm even going to make a crazy quilt rag coat. I LOVE all the embellishments. I just acquired a pattern for a crazy quilt star pillow. I'm going to make it to match my next crazy quilt.
    They are beautiful, You GO GIRL

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    Those wanting to make Crazy Quilts and were stopped by considering the embroidery stitches covering the seams. Hey, have you girls forgotten all the beautiful stitched on your machines? I'm lucky to have two different machines so have lots of stitches.

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    it wasn't the embellishing that "scared" me. it was the requirement for random colors and shapes. i am so left brained that random is almost impossible for me to cope with. thanks to Skeat, though, i now know how to take a logical approach to random patches. I finally see a crazy quilt in my future.

    still need somebody to teach me how to cure my obsession with making sure all the colors "go together", though.

    ironic, ain't it? i'm too crazy to be able to make a crazy quilt.
    :shock:

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    Patrice,
    I also have the problem w/ random selection of any type. So I must be ALL left-brained. LOL. Would mind sharing how "Skeat" helped you "take a logical approach to random"?

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    Near the end of the 1st page of this topic, Skeat wrote the following:

    "To 'stack and whack' we were taught to take a grouping of however many you want to stack. Let's say you have 6 different square fabrics. We cut ours all the same size to begin with. I had about a 10" square. You stack them neatly on top of each other. Then cut...(whatever angle or direction you want)put the top right piece under the right side stack. Sew them all back together. (Now they don't match fabrics) and, you continue this process 6 different times (because of 6 layers) Each time taking the right fabric once cut on top, and put on the bottom right side stack. How much fabric it takes could be however big you want your quilt. This is a fun project and the bright batik's look super this way. Skeat "

    I'd probably start with 15" squares. You'll lose 1/2" overall size for every two cut & sews. you'd have to do it in increments of 2 if you needed to end with squares and not rectangles. starting with 15" squares should give you a fighting chance of ending up with smallish "patches" in a decent size block.

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    Thanks that makes logical sense and I wouldn't be wasting fabric.(I was raised by depression era parents who taught us not to waste anything.)
    Something that has helped me is to purchase bundled fat quarters or similar fabrics by the yard. But when it comes to knowing light, medium and dark or what colors go together...I get flustered. It's probably one of those things that you learn the more you do it. :wink:

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    Great job Mae: At least you have gotten started. I need a kick in the pants to get going and I don't have one excuse....I loved your work. Janie

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    THANKS JANIE : FOUND A BOOK FOR THE RIBBON EMBRODERY SO AN STICHING UP A STORM. I HAVE UNTIL JUNE WHEN THE GUILD IS MEETING FOR A RETREAT TO PUT THE BLOCKS TOGETHER, I THINK IT WILL PROBABLY TAKE THAT LONG TO FILL IN ALL THE LINES. LOL. I DON'T THINK I'LL EVER MAKE A BED SIZE QUILT. ( WON'T LIVE THAT LONG HA!)

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    Mae, be of good cheer, everyone that does a crazy quilt says that but Judith Montano and Marsha Micheler have finished dozens....maybe they didn't have spouses, kids or pets, who knows. Please post your blocks as you finish each one. We all need a little fresh inspiration from time to time and you just may be mine....Janie

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    http://www.qorsite.com/styles/crazy/crzayqlt.htm

    This might be of some interest

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    You certainly encourage me to keep going. these three blocks are my lates that I added to. I think they are probably done mostly done but everytime i go back and look at them I think they need more.
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