Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Harlequin Crazy Quilt

I've had zero stitching mojo for a very long time.  This year's Crazy Quilt Journal Project (CQJP2015), plus this antique crazy quilt, were just the inspirations I needed.  I love both the geometric layout and how beautifully the embroidery 'pops' on the black patches.  

I've started creating foundations, and Gerry Krueger's excellent tutorials - here and here - reminded me to leave a generous fabric allowance past the finished size.  I've also employed Allie Aller's tip to use knit fusible interfacing on the backs of all pieced foundations as well as the backs of 'difficult' fabrics for stability.  It makes a BIG difference.

These will finish at 6.5" x 11". 

I found this machine embroidered black cotton fabric on sale for 5 bucks per metre!  (I bought 5 metres)












 


The middle patch looks wobbly because of the lighting but it does lie fairly flat.



















I'd really, really like to make this bed sized.  I may get bored before it reaches that size, but I'm going to try hard to reach that goal.  I plan to make this my 'slow cloth' project.

7 comments:

Giac said...

Hello Marie,
Good luck keeping at it. It is a great pattern.
Big hug,
Giac

Mary Ann said...

Since you left a comment on my blog I thought I'd be nosy and look at your blog:) I love the idea of harlequin blocks. Very unique.

karen said...

I especially love that black and white Marie....

Diane said...

Hi Marie, Thank you so much for your very kind comments on my blog. I love photographing this gorgeous country - we have so many diverse places and there is so much beauty every where I look. Pop over again - it's great to have your company xx

Cathy Daniel said...

Well, all I can say is - it looks fabulous so far! Hope you achieve your goal! It will be a stunning bed-size quilt. xCathy

Robin said...

Wow! That antique CQ is totally gorgeous! I've never seen one with diamonds like that, although I did see with alternating silk CQ triangles with black velvet triangles at the La Conner Q Museum. Your start is fabulous... the perfect "slow cloth" project. BTW, thanks for that term.

cq4fun said...

Hi, Marie, thanks for your comment on my CQJP block on the project site. I came to see what you are doing, and I do love the look of your diamond. That black fabric is very pretty, too.