So, I decided to try my hand at a little crazy quilting, as I had a bag full of scraps that I needed to use and this seemed the perfect technique to do that!
I followed the technique as set down by Allie Aller, in that you use a muslin (calico) back cloth that had been stabilised by some iron on interfacing. By doing this, it allows your blocks to stay flat and creates an easier surface to do your hand sewing/embroidery on.
Now, as my piece for the National Quilt Show uses crazy quilting, I can't show you any pictures from that, but I did find some lovely pictures in the book, The Quilter's Bible (reviewed in an earlier post). So the pics below are from that. Copyright is theirs.
Personally, I used a selection of 100% cottons and batiks. I've never used batiks before, but they were really pretty and I can understand why some quilters use them exclusively.
I'm not sure which part of the crazy quilting I enjoy the most - the fabric selection, the designing, the making up of the block, or the handsewing.
I know I love seeing the end result!
So what do you like about crazy quilting? Have you tried it? Does all the handsewing put you off? Perhaps you'd like to show me something you've made? Please send me your comments, I love to hear from other quilters!