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« on: June 17, 2008 12:32:39 PM »

I wanted to share a crazy quilt patchwork book cover that I made for my partner in the Giant Multi-Theme Swap. The book cover is adjustable and has a dark brown corduroy backing. This was my first time trying to make any type of quilt. It was also my first time embroidering- lots of firsts!!!

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So how did I do for my first time? I didn't really know what I was doing, and I did leave some "loose" edges that I had to secure down with embroidery.Any advice you guys could give me on how to avoid that in the future would be greatly appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2008 12:35:56 PM »

It looks beautiful to me!  Wink
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« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2008 02:36:35 PM »

Your crazy quilt looks pretty and well made, and so does the embroidery stitches.

I always have loose edges on my crazy quilts and I attach them with zig-zag or similar stitches with my sewing machine. Different coloured threads give a nice touch to the patchwork.

I prefer loose edges, but there's also way to avoid them: you can sew the patches in log cabin style. I think Anne Hulbert's book called "The complete crazy patchwork : from Victorian beginnings to contemporary design" has pretty good instructions to that method. Check if your local library has that.
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« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2008 07:25:56 PM »

Thank you so much for the kind words and for the advice. I will be sure to look for that book at my library. I started over twice on my book cover because I couldn't figure out how to get the loose ends in- then I just decided to embroider those ends. It was a lot of fun free handing the buttons and the embroidery.
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« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2008 10:05:44 PM »

You did great! this style of quilting is so much more difficult than it seems. love the added embroidery touches and buttons. good job =)
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« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2008 06:08:41 AM »

crescentfresh, thank you for the kind words. I really appreciated it!!
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« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2008 08:29:47 AM »

no problem, your work deserves many compliments- i searched your username when i saw the groovy stamps you carved for a swap recently.
Here's a picture of the [unfinished] project of the crazy quilting persuasion.

my plan was to start from the center and just keep adding diff.- shaped scraps until i had a whole quilt. pah! now i have one square. =P
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« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2008 09:40:27 AM »

Holy cow! I couldn't imagine how much time and effort it would take to do a whole quilt using crazy quilting. My book cover took 4 hours to sew! Of course I was learning as I was going- so that slowed me down a bit. I would love to see how your quilt turns out when you finish it!
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« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2008 06:09:16 PM »

So cool! I love the look of crazy quilting, but have yet to wrap my brain around how to accomplish that. I think I'll check out that book heini mentioned.
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