I’m Crazy about Crazy Shortcut Quilts

Deb's Crazy Quilt

Deb’s Crazy Quilt

Crazy quilts feed my whimsy gene to a “T,” however, I figured there must be a method to the madness.  I discovered I was right!  And I found the clues in a book called, “Crazy Shortcut Quilts,” which presents some new techniques to get the magic found in the older quilts.  The old crazy quilts used scraps of any size and configuration and color, combining them in random order with no attention to repeating patterns or colors.  Additionally, crazy quilts were the first to be “blinged-out” with exotic fabrics, pieces of ribbons and lace, and even beads and baubles.

My dear quilting friend created this quilt for me.  I had recently gotten a new sewing machine with lots of decorative stitches which were tremendously fun for decorating the quilt.  It is a lovely quilt, as beautiful on the back as the front.  It is dear to my heart.deb deb4 deb2

 

Baby, Whooo Are You?

Owl Baby Quilt

Owl Baby Quilt Detail

Years ago, one of my dear quilting friends introduced me to the Disappearing Nine Patch pattern.  I fell in love!  It has to be my favorite  quick and easy pattern for making baby quilts.  A young lady who used to work for me has started her family with a boy.  She chose teal and brown for the baby’s room with an owl theme.  It was difficult to find some owl fabric that wasn’t too girly, then once I did, I needed to find some fabrics to coordinate.  I found some fat quarters with teals/olives/browns to pick up the masculine colors in the main fabric, and a coordinating flannel with dots.  The rest came from my stash.  I used some whimsical stitches on my sewing machine to do the quilting.  What a fun project!

Owl Baby Quilt Back

Owl Baby Quilt Back

Owl Baby Quilt D9P

Owl Baby Quilt D9P

Raspberry Lemonade Crazy Quilt

When it comes to quilts, I love scrappy and I love whimsy…this quilt combined them both!  This quilt was based on an idea from Crazy Shortcut Quilts.

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Raspberry Lemonade Baby Quilt

This quilt was for a baby girl, so I started by choosing 12 fabrics in pinks, purples, and yellows from my stash (this is a great stash-buster, by the way!).  I cut 12″ blocks from each fabric and stacked them.  The goal is to make the same wacky cut in all 12 blocks, however, since I could only cut about 4 layers at a time, I used a piece from the first block as a template for the other blocks.  The next step is to take a piece from 2 different fabrics and sew them back together, making a new block.  With your 12 new blocks, do another wacky cut, then again sew 2 different blocks back together.  Each block in this quilt had only 4 cuts; the challenge was to sew them back together so that no fabric was repeated in any block.  I wasn’t concerned about having perfect diamonds or getting my points to line up, so this was perfect for my “quilting with no rules” frame of mind.  I finished the quilt on my sewing machine using different crazy stitch patterns.  This was one of those quick and fun quilts for relaxing and sewing.  The pictures do not do the quilt justice, but it did turn out very lovely for a lovely little girl.

Scrappy Short Cut Quilt

Scrappy Short Cut Quilt

The Annabeth Quilt

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Annabeth Quilt

This fun quilt was made for the first grandbaby of some dear friends of mine. It’s astounding to realize that we’ve known these friends for so many years. And now their baby girl has grown and has a little girl of her very own.

These blocks were two-rail blocks that I started years ago. I loved the colors and the blocks, but I could never come up with a pattern I liked. So I finally decided to take a new approach–I put the blocks together in a pinwheel pattern and focused on the quilting! This was my first attempt at free-hand machine quilting, so I started with a basic lollipop pattern. I loved how it turn out and that it will be a blankie for a special little girl.

Annabeth Quilt close-up

Annabeth Quilt close-up

Annabeth Quilt back

Annabeth Quilt back