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.
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!
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.
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.
What ever was I thinking? Well, I guess I was thinking about the lovely textures that corduroy fabrics can bring to any quilt. Long story short, one year my dear quilting friend and I were at the Mennonite Quilt Auction in Hutchinson, Kansas. To one side of the auction building is a shopping venue with TONS of fabrics, pieced blocks, notions, patterns and just about anything quilting- and sewing-related that you could want. I found lots of corduroy fabrics and stocked up. And stocked up some more. (I think I will have enough corduroy for a life time!)
My friend and I put together this quilt by harvesting as much fabric as salvageable, then matching and mixing colors–it looked like a stained glass window. The batting was a ratty, rescued old quilt; I tied it with cotton thread and trimmed with a red velour (another good bargain). I like the idea of re-using and re-purposing fabrics and quilts. The result was a tremendously heavy, warm quilt that is much beloved by its owner.
“Kansas”: the 2001 BOTM quilt by Olathe Quilter’s Guild
Once upon a time, I belonged to the Olathe Quilter’s Guild in Olathe, Kansas. Every year they had a “Block of the Month” quilt. In 2001, the theme was “Kansas” and featured quilt blocks that related to the history of this state. Most of these blocks were part of the Kansas City Star patterns.
The sunflower in the center is appliqued. The patterns starting in the upper left-hand corner and going clockwise are: Indian Star, Santa Fe Trail, Temperance Tree, Oregon Trail, Kansas Dugout, Prairie Queen, Rocky Road to Kansas, and Weathervane. The quilt is edged by a 4-Rail Fence pattern and appliqued cottonwood leaves in the corners.
I loved this quilt design; I loved the variety of fabrics that could be incorporated into the quilt. This quilt belongs to my parents who celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2002. I pieced the entire quilt; however, my aunt and a dear friend (both of whom are marvelous quilters) helped to finish it.
The first time I saw this pattern on the Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorial, I just knew I had to make this quilt! The main fabric was a charm square pack of Palindromes–I like this fabric so much I may use it in another quilt. I matched it with the black prints from Muslim Mates. The back is a fun fabric I picked up at a sale somewhere and seemed the perfect match for this fun quilt. I quilted on my machine with free-motion quilting in a large stipple pattern. There is a special little boy who is going to love this quilt!