Thursday, March 12, 2009

A Little Crazy


Debra sent me this beaded sun motif from one of her thrift shop purchases. I've used it as the focus of a little crazy block forthe Alzheimer's Quilt Initiative. I used some scraps of silk and kimono fabric and some of my huge stash of old buttons. That was fun, but otherwise, this was way out of my comfort zone. I made a value plan first because I wanted to get that right, and cut the pieces with freezer templates instead of just doing flip and sew because I was using small scraps. I was going to plan the embellishment stitches too, but that turned out to be unnecessary since my repertoire of embroidery stitches is so small. I kept it simple. I could say this was to keep the emphasis on the sun, which would be true, but mostly it was because I'm so rusty at embroidery that anything more is beyond me. Wouldn't an embroidered motif have been lovely in the orange piece on the right? Maybe next time. Thanks, Debra, and thanks Allie for your tutorials about backing and finishing a crazy piece.

9 comments:

Vicki W said...

That's really nice!

*karendianne. said...

I love that. Thanks for sharing how you did it, too. I like looking over your shoulder as you work. I guess I can see something in that orange section but if you didn't point it out I'm not sure I would have felt it needed it.

cosmically, the wordvfy is: cants! I think that means enhance the embroidery repertoire. I'm not even sayin'... I just read the messages.

Libby Fife said...

It looks good-those buttons help to provide pull-things seem balanced and your colors look good too. I like that they are sort of similar colors. It is a great block:)

Candace said...

Kay - it's marvelous! How great that you "repurposed" the sun! I think a larger piece from you would be incredible! And I agree with Karen - if you hadn't pointed it out I would not have noticed the orange - but then we're always our own worst critic, aren't we! I've also heard it told to look for a spider web on old crazy quilts - they were always hidden somewhere and were considered a sign of good luck!
Cheers!

Deb H said...

Kay, it really is great. I clicked on the photo to get a good close look, & you did a wonderful job! Your embroidery is lovely!

Debra said...

It's wonderful to see that sun show up in a project! beats hanging out in a box on a shelf. . . your embroidery is fine!

jenclair said...

Love the details when I clicked to enlarge!

Barbara C said...

This looks great! The composition and the colors are very nice, and to me these are the hardest parts of crazy quilting.

McIrish Annie said...

you did a great job and stretched yourself at the same time! nice job