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71  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Fabric Scrap Quilt on: November 10, 2003 10:41:22 AM

**Note:  sorry about the stupid missing pictures.  Here's a link to the page on my website:


Okay, this is an easy paper-piecing method for a crazy quilt.  


Step one:  We all know how to make an 8.5x11" piece of paper into an 8.5x8.5 square, right?

Step 2.  Put a piece of fabric face up on the corner, across the diagonal folded line.  Make sure the fabric hangs over the edges.


Step 3.  Put another strip of fabric face down on top of the first piece of fabric.  Set your sewing machine stitch to fairly small (this will perforate the paper to make it easier to remove later).

Step 4.  Sew the two pieces together along the edge.

Step 5.  Open the fabric so both pieces are facing up, and finger-press to flatten them.


Step 6.  Repeat this process with other scraps of fabric, until you have covered the whole diagonal of the paper.

Step 7.  Put a long strip of fabric face down on the edge of the diagonal section.  Sew across.

Step 8.  Finger press and repeat this process for both sides, until the whole square is covered with fabric.  Make sure there is no part of the paper showing!


Okay, now the square looks funky, right?  Not really like a square exactly, anymore.  And you may have sewed your rows kind of off center (like I did on this one).  It doesn't matter!  This is a crazy quilt block.

Step 9: Iron, iron, iron.

Step 10:  Turn over and trim excess fabric.

Step 11: Admire your new cool square!


To make a quilt, sew these squares into rows.  Then sew the rows together.  (Try to match up the seams between each square with the seams of the squares next to them)

I chose to sew these together so that the diagonal is alternating like this: /\/\/\, but you can lay it out so it does this: ////// or \\\\\\ or just let it do whatever it wants to do.

If you lay it out alternating, like I did, your quilt will have a cool diamond pattern-y thing going on.


Other tips:

Don't try to match fabrics up, just use whatever scraps you have.  The amazing thing about a crazy quilt is how once it's all sewn together, it looks like the pink and orange actually go with the turquoise and brown.  

If you don't have that many scraps, ask someone who sews if they have any leftovers (your grandma, mom), or just buy some remnants (leftover ends of fabric bolts at a fabric store -- usually marked down from 25-75%), or use some old clothing.

Each square will probably take you about 8-15 minutes, so it takes awhile to make a whole quilt.  If you do it, put on Pride & Prejudice and sew while you watch.

Even though this quilt takes awhile to complete, it's actually not that tedious.  It's kind of fun to sew wacky fabric scraps together into something.  And the fact that you are sewing by the seat of your pants does something for your creativity.

If you don't have time or patience for a quilt, I think four blocks would make a spiffy pillow!  (Or eight, and you could make it two-sided crazy quilt).  

Also, the quilt pictured here isn't actually big enough for even a twin bed, but I made 56 squares -- phew!  I think I am just going to sew some strips of plain fabric around it until it is big enough to do something with.

Paper choices:  I used good-quality printer paper (that had already been printed on one side and was supposed to be thrown away), and now I am living in a world of hurt because I have to remove it all from my quilt.

Instead of doing it like me, I would recommend using tracing paper or thin typing paper, or plain newsprint from a pad.  I think that would make life a lot better.

If you want to do it like me, you will have to watch Pride & Prejudice again while you remove the paper, using your fingers, scissors, squirts of water to soften the paper, or whatever creative method you devise.

Or, it might work to remove the paper before you sew any of the squares together.  Hmmm... food for thought.

To complete the quilt, you will need to cut out batting in the same size, and also a quilt back (you can use an old sheet).  You can either do some kind of binding around the edges (wide bias tape?), or do what I do and cut the quilt back larger than the front and fold it over the edges and sew around it, or you can make a quilt top, quilt bottom (facing the top), batting sandwich and sew around the whole thing leaving a decent-sized hole somewhere so you can turn it inside out and then finish the hole.  (I've never tried this way, but it seems pretty easy).

To "quilt" you can just use yarn to make ties  (google this for more info), or quilt any other way you know how or want to try.

Let me know if you have any questions!  I guess I better start taking the paper off my quilt...

(Edited to change the photo links!)
72  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Backpack on: November 09, 2003 06:04:21 PM
Since I've posted pics of my other purses, I thought maybe you'd like to see the backpack I made, too.

I made it out of remnants (hee hee, my favorite -- I told you -- and I think they cost about $1 each) -- cadet blue canvassy stuff (a little lighter than canvas, I think), and some lighter blue striped cotton for the lining.  It's drawstring (although I still need to add the drawstring to finish it off), and the straps tie to some loops on the bottom (adjustable, right?).  The flap also ties to loops to close.

It has pockets on the inside (including one w/a velcro closure, for money or keys), pockets on the sides (including a long, skinny pencil-type pocket), and of course that pocket on the front.  One of my favorite parts about the backpack is that neato japanese iron-on that I finally found a place for.

It says: snap!  will you snap me?  I am camera-shy, sorry.

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