CRAZY QUILTING, hand dyed embroidery threads
My new CRAZY QUILTING project, “Black Butterflies”.  I find I receive quite a few comments and questions about crazy quilting so have decided to share my entire process for this project.  It is my hope that some of you who are new to crazy quilting may find this helpful 🙂

So, let’s begin!  I mentioned on Monday that I started this project by selecting a printed fabric as my “focus” fabric. It has a black background with colourful butterflies.  I specifically chose this fabric so I could select coordinating colours. All my coordinating fabrics are very subtle prints in blue, red, orange, yellow and green AND all are cotton.  Once the fabrics were selected I cut my muslin squares – I use the flip and sew method for my piecing with muslin as my base.  I cut a five sided piece of my butterfly focus fabric and proceeded sewing from there.  This is the Judith Baker Montano method which you will find outlined in her crazy quilting book.

Once my blocks are sewn I add my trims, laces, ribbons, ric rac, motifs.  I choose where I add these randomly.  The photo above shows my sewn block on the left and the block with the addition of trims on the right.  I always sew ALL my blocks at one time.  I frequently sew a couple of extra blocks than what I think I may need.  I do this as my studio is not particularly large and I find it a somewhat messy project.  Once they are complete they are ironed and stacked in a drawer ready for stitching.

My stitching starts on Friday so stay tuned!

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