Category Archives: Crazy Quilting

“A Crazy Quilted Egg”!

What’s the biggest “egg” in the world? It happens that it is the “ostrich egg” average size of 6 inches in circumference to 5-1/2 inches long.  That is about how big this crazy quilted egg is!  The panels of this egg have been done for awhile but resisted putting it together until recently.   The pattern was from Valerie Bothell  a few years ago because I thought it would be cute and unusual to make one. It is a fairly simple pattern.  Of course adding my own touches which is what’s nice about crazy quilting (plus some odds and ends hanging about disappear).

The pictures show each panel plus a couple of the embellishments…..

Like the rabbit and carrot charms?…they come from Susan Clarke Originals. They make really cute buttons and charms and other things. 

Lots of ribbon embroidery, beading, and flower sequins. 

  The little duckling is a button from who knows where?  I figure it appeared  in my grandmothers button box long ago. Trims along the seams…It was fun picking them out…

See the small bird charm…cute things are nice….the buttons  are very old  and from some grandparent. Below is a closeup picture of the “beaded cabachon”  that is on the right of this picture. A little blurry  but fun to do. First you need to glue it on the fabric (EE6000) even though the beads tend to hold the cabachon in place…it is more secure if you glue it..Ask me how I know…you really do not want to lose you “cabachon”!!


A Crazy Quilt Block for a Class

In September I will be teaching a class on how to embellish a crazy quilt block…real simple…you bet… (it is a lot of work putting this together..) the end result is worth it!

I have taught this class once before for a local Quilt guild and it was immense fun…comments ranged from “this was the quietest group of quilters in a class ever… someone telling me that it was the best class they had ever taken…it does make one feel good to provide new techniques and ideas and the fact that hand embellishing seems to be coming back into vogue…

The biggest plus is I get to use up my fabrics and some “bit’s that I have collected over the years and with the cost of fabric today I can keep my costs down by using my older stuff….which includes silks, sheers, velvet, cottons and others…then comes gathering the trims, threads, silk ribbon, dodads, beads and other nifty items to add to the seams and fabrics of the block. For this class I am aiming for a fallish theme….should be interesting…I have some lace leaves that will be dyed to look like fall leaves to add…fall is my favorite time of year…Looking through the bits I have to make this class is creativity on fire for me…I surprise myself that I will inevitably find something that I don’t remember having and it will be perfect for the block…Hope everyone else will enjoy it too….Oh…I forgot to mention that there will be a lot of  “sparklies” …there are wonderful arrays of sequins out there to purchase and adding them just gives the block some extra pizazz….not for everyone I know but in moderation bling can add to a block!

Here is a picture of this class block in progress…still have to add a few things…only 15 students as putting these together are time consuming but worth it as I said before…. I am trying to keep it as simple as possible…there are some absolutely stunning crazy quilt blocks out there…so hoping this is a good one for beginners etc….

Sometimes a Little Crazy Goes A Long Way

Gloria McKinnon  of Anne’s Glory Box in Australia has some stunning crazy quilt embroidery kits…her work lends towards the Victorian and Asian influences….

    One that I purchased a number of years ago was “Asian Riches”…Gloria was teaching at the “Martha Pullen School of Art Fashion In Huntsville, Alabama. I needed to do some handwork and these classes were just the ticket for me….they transformed my sewing life.  

    Beading, ribbonwork, embroidery, lace, dyeing, fancy fabrics, sequins, special trims, knotwork….I was in heaven… working on these Asian blocks gave me respite from a stressful life going on at the time…ahhhhh!….below is just one of the blocks …..Could I have added more to them….yes…. but being that the Asian influences have a simplicity in their lifestyle …these blocks were just right…. this is the only block that is missing a spider and web….what elegance beading around the cabachon to hold it down…the ribbon flowers were wonderful to create..Each seam had its own treatment that might have included beads or silk ribbon….

Thankfully I embraced my times at Martha Pullens School of Art Fashion….I will miss them dearly as those were the times that mended my soul….