Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
I have not made a CQ yet either, but I'm grateful to all of you who have and who have joined this group. I'm learning from you and gaining courage to try one myself!
I was glad to see this new section,and joined immediately as I love CQ to "go with the flow" mixing it up with antique lace, buttons, crystals & combining textures for interest, etc.; sheer fun & such interesting outcomes... This is an exciting new forum & I look forward to seeing many photos of everyone's projects. I will up load some of my own soon.
As to your question, what we would like to do as a group, I think to start, it would be great to hear from everyone & get everyone's feelings & input regarding a direction. I am open to show & tell for now.
My construction has no 'set' technique or method other than a 5 angle starter piece of varying sizes. I just keep adding pieces together to make a large section then decide what garment (like a vest ) a pillow top, a jacket, a bag or???????? Lay out the pattern with a backing appropriate for the end item & then line it when complete. A great way to use up most of the scraps in the bins! The pictures I will be attaching are of a vest I made, contains may antique items, lace & buttons. I look forward to getting to know you all & see where this all leads.
I've never made a CQ but always wanted to..I have done foundation piecing..is this they way it's done? Do the embroidery stitches on each piece become the quilting stitches? need to know what I'm doing before I dive in...
B, Here are the pics of my three crazy quilt blocks i did.
1-2-12 @10:04 pm mst: Donna:
Just viewed your pictures, you did a nice job on all the pieces, so delicate the stitches, you have a gentle hand. Keep up the good work in this New Year.
Thanks B, I still have a ways to go on each one.
I never used to like crazy quilts believe it or not! Then one day my husband came home with a huge bag of silk ties, what else but a crazy quilt??? I've been working on it off and on for a few years now, I'm doing it all by hand, it has tons of embroidery, beads, buttons, lace and ribbon. Since it's all silk the darn thing is slippery as all get out! But it's gorgeous, I'm at the point now where all the 'blocks' have been put together and I just have to fill in the narrow spaces where each block is connected. I plan to put a thin cotton bat and a thin high end wool backing, then finish the edges with some antique tatted lace so it can be used as a bedspread.
I also now make tons of crazy blocks out of all my scraps and leftover triangles and strips etc from other quilts. There's a photo on my home page if you want to check it out. I've given away bunches of these in various sizes the last few years. It's so fun to just open the back of scraps and start sewing random pieces together. It's my meditation time! No rules, no cutting, not measuring, just sew til you're at peace once again. The only embellishment I give these is the quilting and/or tying. I do very simple machine quilting or use colored threads and tie them with french knots all over.
I have not made one, but it's on my list to do...when I get brave enough!! I would use all the decorative stitches on my machine as hand sewing is way to rough on my hands...I have foundation pieced, or strip pieced post holders and then used my decorative stitches on those....but a whole quilt...still too daunting for me.
I've been crazy quilting for years. I love crazy quilting. Are we allowed to post links to our websites where I have pictures of my crazy quilting?