Sunday, July 29, 2012

Crazy Quilt Block

Crazy Quilt Block: Just for practice. During the month of July, I have taken a break from more serious projects to explore some possibilities using hand stitches. I decided that the best way to put my newly acquired skills into practice was to make a typical crazy quilt block. Using several books for a tutorial, I carefully chose some of the more simple stitches. I also used beads and stamps.

By changing my color photo to black and white, it helps me to evaluate my dark to light balance. This is not too bad, but I can see that a little more lights would improve the balance and I have too much medium tones. But, since this is new territory for me, I gave myself a C+ on value study.

My Crazy Quilt ideas are more like collage work, maybe a little more contemporary than traditional. Lace and beads seemed to add interest for me.

This crow stamp is a favorite of mine. I used Staz On ink and was pleased that it did not migrate on this silk fabric. I made him a little beaded collar, just so he would appear more friendly. I went pretty crazy on the adjacent strip with all the beads. But it is a Crazy Quilt, after all.

One thing that became clear to me is, that I used a printed fabric that conflicts with all the embellishments. Some of my embroidery is lost on the surface of the print. So, I will not make that mistake again. I will give more consideration to contrast next time. Pattern is as important as color when you have such a busy background.

And so, I have not only learned a few embroidery stitches that can be used in other projects, I have learned a lot about color and contrast when I use heavy embellishment. I also learned that hand stitching, like beading, takes a lot of time. One little block takes many days to accomplish. Best done on tiny projects.


  1. Crazy Quilting uses many skills.It is like painting with thread and fabric isn't it? Love what you're doing.looks like you are having fun!

  2. Judy,
    This looks wonderful and like it was very productive in terms of learning and experimenting - we should all take time out to play and experiment!
    I love your previous post as well - "Sunrise" and your position on depth and space!
    Very best wishes,


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