One of my lovely customers sent me this example of CRAZY QUILTING today. I love to see how crazy quilter’s use my products and what they create with them. Sheila has graciously shared photos of a crazy quilted tote bag she has been working on. I love the dragon and I can see a wee bit of sparkle chainette which sadly I had to discontinue but you could easily substitute Kreinik braid. There are various sizes of perle cotton you can see as well. LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing Sheila. Just a quick post today but more on Friday.
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I am finishing off this week with some more CRAZY QUILTING. Once again I used Sharon Boggon’s crazy quilting templates – you can find them here. Sharon has various heart shapes so I used one of these to trace my hearts which were stem stitched using silk perle. I added a square shaped bead placed diagonally in the center.
I had an area where I had a very small seam so I decided to create a fan shape using bugle beads, a diamond shape bead and seed beads. I will mention the pearlescent silver bugle beads are really long which I had ordered online but were far longer than I had anticipated. I had been wanting to find a use for these for some time and am pleased with how this turned out. You could easily using the bugle beads again as a base and add ribbon roses or other beads from your stash as accents – very versatile!
I will mention that the heart shapes could be stitched in various ways. I have often done cross hatching on the inside or you could mimic the shape with beads. Hope I have provided a bit of inspiration 🙂
So, that’s it for this week. Have a great weekend and more on Monday.
On the bottom I started with diagonal stitches using Kreinik 1/16″ ribbon and attached a couple at the top also. I added pistil stitches using silk perle and further embellished both the top and bottom with silk ribbon. The heart on the left is back stitched using size 5 perle cotton. I further embellished this with a bead flower and a key charm.
The seam treatment at the top started with a base herringbone stitch using cotton floss. I added two straight stitches at the bottom using Kreinik #8 braid with an oval bead. The top is embellished with seed beads and a sequin flower.
This was a fun section to embellish. More to come….
More of Kathy’s CRAZY QUILTING today. I wrote about Kathy’s ventures into crazy quilting last month here. Kathy is an experienced quilter, but this is her first crazy quilt. I mentioned previously that her theme is dragons and dragonflies for this quilt but naturally there are many areas that are embellished with a variety of seam treatments and stitching. Above are a few examples using Colour Complements threads. I love the lower left with those tiny pink flowers – delightful!
Just a quick post today. Thank you for sharing Kathy and I look forward to more photographs as you progress through this project.
My CRAZY QUILTING journey continues. I started by tacking down a hand dyed (not by me) metallic ric rac using straight stitches in a size 8 perle cotton. I then added straight stitches in a diamond patter using cotton floss. Pistil stitches came next using a mixture of perle cotton and Kreinik #8 braid. A seed bead was added to the center.
I then added gathered tubular ribbon between two ribbon stitches (silk ribbon) to create small flower buds. These were further embellished with French knots using perle cotton.
I had a small section of fabric in between the two seam treatments so I scattered some small crocheted flowers (very tiny) randomly embellished with French knots.
The top seam treatment is stitched using perle cotton in a combination of straight stitches and detached chains.
I am really happy with how this turned out. I just may have to get some more tubular ribbon in stock – what do you think??
More CRAZY QUILTING today. I highlighted this section to show one of the ways I use my Kreinik 1/16″ ribbon. In the bottom right I had a solid background fabric which has a small amount of texture as it is lightly pleated. I generally use my solid fabrics for some type of thread painting or embroidered motif but the pleating did not allow for this. SO, I laid my 1/16″ ribbon in place and added cross stitches at each of the intersections using hand dyed floss. I like the results.
I added small flowers created with silk ribbon with French knots repeated in the center.
That’s it for today but am posting tomorrow with some more goodies.
Some fantastic CRAZY QUILTING today. AND it is not my own. This is Kathy’s dragons and dragonflies crazy quilt.
As I have said many times, it never ceases to amaze me what artists create with my threads and this definitely put a smile on my face when I received the photos. Although Kathy is an experienced quilter, this is her first crazy quilt.
She tells me the quilt is tentatively 76 x 100″. There are a total of 48 squares, half of which will be Victorian paper pieced fans. The remaining 24 blocks will be half crazy with dragons and half crazy with dragonflies. She created the patterns for the dragons based on different images in colouring books and online then simplified them for stitching. YES, she has used my hand dyed perle cottons for these.
This will be a gift for her daughter – lucky girl! Thanks so very much for sharing these Kathy and I look forward to seeing more :)!
My CRAZY QUILTING continues. I have had a few questions about this project recently so thought it would be a good time to give you an idea of the direction I’m heading. The project consists of 9 blocks in total. I’m in the process of deciding how I will arrange them and whether I’ll be adding sashing, what sort of border etc. I have them up on the design wall but decisions not yet confirmed.
So, let’s start with the upper right in this photo. Some time ago I picked up some loose flowers that I added some dye to. I’ve stitched this in place with straight stitches on the petals and have added a brad to the middle. YES, brads – they come in very handy. On the left is a base of some trim tacked in place using Kreinik 1/16″ ribbon. This was further embellished using some perle cotton creating detached chains with French knots. The bottom seam treatment started with a base of straight stitches in a diamond shape. I used a size 8 perle cotton, Colour #4. Added butterfly beads in the center, French knots and further straight stitches in a fine metallic machine thread.
That’s it for today but more on Friday.
The lace trim on the right was hand dyed with a light wash of colour and embellished with seed beads. I took advantage of the embroidered fabric in the top section and added a border of back stitch which highlights the petals. I decided to add a selection of buttons in the center section as the background fabric was solid. The beige floral button is one I picked up in France on my last trip so a little special. I’ve added a bead flower and a metal charm to complete this.
The bottom seam treatment is a base of herringbone using silk floss further embellished with beads and sequins. I’ll be showing more of this in another post. You can even see a bit of my Kreinik 1/16″ ribbon on the left – just a wee bit!
My medium dusty project is near completion as this is the second last block. I am currently working on the very last block and ALL the blocks are up on the design wall – I’m pondering ideas on how to put this together.
CRAZY QUILTING today! I do not often use applique in my crazy quilting but a number of years ago I received various applique motifs from a friend (thank you Laura). I dyed up the sample on the left and used this to cover an area of my crazy quilting where there were various interconnecting seams. This is further embellished with various threads and silk ribbon leaves.
As I tend to sew my crazy quilt blocks randomly, every once and awhile I will end up having too many seams in one area making embellishing challenging. I quite frequently will add either applique or a floral design of some sort over the seams.
On the right is a metallic trim only lightly embellished with threads mostly to tack it in place.
On the top I hand dyed some seam binding, created a bow and sewed in place. I added a row of seed beads over the center of the bow and some beads to accent the ribbon. I thought the butterfly charm was just that little bit of extra it needed.
Lots more coming on this project 🙂