Wednesday, January 30, 2008

My Valentine's crazy quilt

This is a quilt I made for a crazy quilt course I had given a couple of years ago. I love using this each year on my coffee table for Valentine's day.


I wanted to share some photos of the stitching on this quilt. When I gave these classes, a number of the people took the class saying they did not like crazy quilts but wanted to take my class again anyway. I gave them patterns to choose from showing them crazy quilting in a traditional way but also some with a bit more modern twist. A reason some don't like crazy quilting is they don't like the Victorian style stitching. I do love both ways but this is a way to bring a crazy quilt more up to our times.


Once the blocks were sewn, I first stitched them on each seam using my embroidery stitches from my sewing machine. Using the same thread for each seam while changing the stitch gives you a subtle effect. One each block is decorated with stitches, sew the blocks together. I used a piece of vintage lace for around the edge by the border.


Sew the backing to the quilt and as a finishing touch, I sewed the two seams running vertically and horizontally where the blocks were sewn together with an embroidery stitch in the same color thread again. This is a simple and effective way to stitch up a crazy quilt.

19 comments:

Nancy said...

I remember this little quilt and I love the stitching you put on it. I see my Mom's dish again too. She would be happy you use it so much. All very cute.

Nancy said...

Very pretty and delicate looking fabrics! I love your Valentine crazy quilt Heidi. And, I love the look of them - especially the vintage quilts with all the satins and velvets! One of these days, right?

Becky K in OK said...

The quilt is very pretty. I also love the pinkeep in the chocolate dish. Oh, and the chocolates look really yummy too!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Heidi, this is a super sweet quilt and you gave me a great idea with using the different stitches on your machine. My nanny made me a crazy quilt and hand embroidered it. Oh the time that she spent on that one!!

xo
Becky

PS: Doogs says to give Dagi a little kiss....ahhhh

Elisabeth Braun said...

Very, very pretty! I say, you couldn't send over some of those chocolate biscuits/cookies, could you??
=)

Vee said...

So very pretty! I love the look of your crazy quilt and isn't it nice to bring out linens for special occasions or special events...It's like spending time with an old friend again :-)

Heleen said...

This looks so beautiful, I feel like sitting at your table while I'm drinking tea.....

yellowfarmhouse said...

WOW is the a pretty quilt. What a great way to use those stitches we have on our machines. Thanks for a great idea :).

Hugs - karen

Joanne said...

I love this quilt. The stitching is so different, and the fabrics go beautifully together. Perfect for Valentine's Day!!
Hugs, Joanne

Joni said...

I love this little crazy quilt. Can you teach me to do this when I visit? You would laugh if you could see how many quilt patterns I have in my cross stitch stash!

Espresso Girlie said...

Heidi, This is simply stunning and I love the decorative stitching, the fabrics, and the lace. I would love to learn how to do this someday.
Suzann

Carolien said...

That looks lovely, Heidi! Your pinkeep is great fun as well.
And the chocolates ... mjammie!

Have a nice evening and hugs, Carolien

angelasweby said...

Oh Heidi, it's just beautiful. I love all the different rosy fabrics and the pretty stitches are so eyecatching. I would love to make something like this. Of course, it's my favourite colour so has has me scrutinizing every small detail. It looks so cozy displayed with the beautiful nostalgic cards and pretty chocolate pinkeep. I love the little cherubs dancing their way across your beautiful gilded frame. They haven't a care in the world :>)
Warm hugs, Angela

diane said...

Yay, I can comment!! Lovely crazy quilt, I love all the colors and the special stitches you used. I can't believe it is time for Valentine's Day!!

Rhondi said...

Hi Heidi The crazy quilt is beautiful and I love your collection of scissors. Can't wait to see the fobs you've made. How do you manage to write 2 blogs? I'm impressed.! I forget that you have this one so I'm going to have to read some of the more recent posts I missed.
Hope you have a great weekend.
Rhondi xo

Christine said...

Oh wow Heidi! Your crazy quilting is stunning. What a beautiful quilt. Now you have me wanting to make one :-) Love your display too. Such pretty little things.

tkdchick said...

Beautiful!

Solstitches said...

It's a gorgeous quilt.
CQ is a technique that I keep on promising myself I will try one of these days.
I would have had my chance in Holland in May :(
Everything you do is just so lovely Heidi.

Beatrice said...

What a beautiful valentine Quilt!!
And of course Chocolate...Yummmmm