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« on: June 21, 2012 09:31:20 AM »

Has anyone ever made a crazy quilt? I am really interested in them and since I have a ton of scraps figured that would be a good first quilt project.

I realize this is quite a quilt to start with, but I'm going to take it slowly and might skip (or machine stitch) some of the embroidery.

Any tips, advice, or thoughts would be welcomed as I embark on this adventure.
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« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2012 01:04:06 PM »

I'm made quite a few mini crazy quilts! Not a big one though, good luck! As for tips, I would say keeping an embroidery stitch reference nearby is good for when you get bored of stitches and then you can look up all the ones you forgot about! Maybe also working in sections, they don't have to be perfectly square or line up, but sometimes the crazy piecing gets out of control and you need some regular seam lines lol! You can see that I did 4 sections in the Wonderland one, but they weren't the same size, I offset the middle vertical seams so they wouldn't be perfect quarters. Also, you can use all kinds of trim in the seams, which is a good way to avoid some embroidery. I used lace as a layer over fabric, stretch lace on top of fabric, lace in the seams, piping in the seams, and ribbon as well.

 Here's a few I've made if you care to take a gander:

Alice in Wonderland Mini Crazy Quilt

Fairy Mini Crazy Quilt

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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2012 02:46:33 PM »

I make crazy quilts and have orders from my sons for more when they move out, lol. It's not difficult to make and adding embroidery and embellishments is the fun part Smiley

1 - foundation, muslin or cotton sheet
2 - Cut foundation into squares or size you want ( I use 16" squares for a queen size)
3 - Lay and pin fabric scraps onto foundation blocks. I usually start from a corner, others start from the center. Choose whichever is comfortable for you.
4 - Sew all pinned fabric down onto foundation squares.
5 - Embroider and embellish squares
6 - Sew all squares together, add more embroidery and embellishments to new seams if you like.
7 - Finish with backing. I only tie my backing down to prevent too much sagging but bind and sew on at the edges.

I have some on my 'Crazy Quilt Art World' site if you wish to visit. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2012 03:18:07 PM »

Thanks for the comments ladies, but, um, foundation??
Like I said I know nothing about quilting and when I started this the other day I just started sewing pieces together and planned to embroider those directly to my backing.

Can I do that?
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« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2012 07:58:37 PM »

I don't think you want to embroider to the backing, that would be pretty thick (assuming you had batting in there). Check out foundation piecing and it will make sense! Most basic quilting books will have an overview on crazy quilting and explain it better than I could here. Either find one you want to buy or check out a few from your library.
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« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2012 07:18:50 AM »

Thanks for the comments ladies, but, um, foundation??
Like I said I know nothing about quilting and when I started this the other day I just started sewing pieces together and planned to embroider those directly to my backing.

Can I do that?

Warning!  Crazy Quilting is Addictive!

The foundation backing helps keep the quilt top flat and "square" (not pulled to one side or one corner).  When the crazy patches are sewn together they are often at angles.  Fabric cut at angles (called bias) stretches. 

Using a very lightweight cotton or linen for the foundation helps prevent "finger fatigue" when embroidering.  Although tempting to use, old sheets are too tight a weave for this purpose.  It is hard to embroider through them.

There are a number of tutorials in response to googling "crazy quilt foundation piecing" that will help understand the process.  This one is good:  http://www.needlework-tips-and-techniques.com/crazy-quilt-block.html

If a quilt seems too overwhelming - another option would be to make a bed runner.  They are about 25" wide by the width of a quilt and lay across the foot of the bed.  The narrower width makes them easy to embroider and embellish (and actually complete!) Perfect for a first project!

Good Luck with your project!  Please post pictures!
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