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« on: June 04, 2005 03:45:28 PM »

So about a year ago, I decided that I really had to make a crazy quilt, because they're beautiful and don't require measuring lots of little squares.  And so the saga began.

I planned to make a full sized quilt, and bought lots of muslin.  I wound up making about ten 12" x 12" squares, all covered in fancy fabric that I scrounged from everyone I know.  I've only added embroidery to three of them. 

The problem:  I realize now that I will never, ever, ever finish this quilt. BUT:  the squares I have are REALLY pretty.  The fabric is great, lots of velvet and satin and niceness, and it's the first embroidery I've ever done, so I'm proud of them.  I don't want them to live in the back of my closet forever!

So-- HELP!  What can I do with them??  Other than a wall hanging, which I may do if I can't think of anything else, does anyone have any ideas for what to do with 12 x 12 squares, all pretty and crazy-quilted?

« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2005 04:22:37 PM »

12 x12 would make a nice book bag?
maybe picred side by side as a table runner?>
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« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2005 04:36:29 PM »

I definately vote for the book bag! A purse would be great too. Other ideas .... sofa pillows, a curtain (if you have enough to make the right size), pillow shams, a tablecloth for a small table...

You could sew the 12x12s together and then just treat it as a piece of fabric, and cut out whatever you wanted to make....clothing, purse, stuffed animals...

Congratulations on getting as far as you did.The idea of making a crazy quilt has always intimidated me.

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« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2005 06:16:16 PM »

you could still make the quilt by adding plain squares in a nice fabric (velvet?) like a checkerboard or something, or you could make a big border on the quilt to increase the size.  or both!  if you embroidered alot on only a few, you could try just adding embroidery here and there to the rest and putting the more intricate ones in the middle of the quilt. 
how about sewing 4 together for a giant pillow front?

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« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2005 06:35:08 PM »

A pillow would be really pretty...  the purse is also a great idea, although I feel like it might get beaten up.... I'm rough on bags.  Making stuffed animals out of it would be awesome, though...  I think I might try a pillow first, and then if I can figure out how to do it, make a stuffed bear out of one without embroidery. 

Thank you for all the suggestions!  I'll try and borrow a digital camera so I can post pictures of the finished products. 
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« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2005 09:54:47 AM »

Could you sew several together in a long strip and use as bands on the hem of a skirt or coat?

« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2005 05:13:50 PM »

OOoo I like lalage's idea (and she knows what she is talking about-she makes beautiful stuff!). I might have to steal it. Wink

I just saw a quilt though that had a crazy pieced border and a large blank center which was quilted like a whole cloth. I thought that was interesting.

PS-Hi lalage! I still have the piece you made for me in a exchange on Nervousness.org a couple of years ago! I remember the first one got lost...I'm lemur over there. hehee I get so excited to see people I 'know' from other sites-I'm such a nerd.
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« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2005 09:31:43 AM »

Small world! Thanks for the kudos too  Kiss

Quilting is where i "started" with textile art, 21 years ago while pregnant with my son. I left it for a period of 14 years and am back at it, incorporating it in my work again.

Crazy quilts are the best!

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