Been AWOL from the blog, friends and work lately. No real excuse just have the winter blahs (frequent small snow storms here) and have garden fever :) Today my mini-quilters are having lunch so I'm excited to be getting out and catching up with everyone's news.
I've been playing with crazy quilting. I always used the foundation method and left the fabric in but after watching some you tube videos and some old Simply Quilts episodes, I'm experimenting. This is my first completion by using a paper foundation which I removed before piecing the blocks together (versus waiting until it's all pieced and then ripping out the paper). I wanted to know how bad the bias could be.
What I learned? The bias challenges could be pretty bad :D
Also, I wondered if I could piece the top then embellish it. Honestly, I don't have a lot of experience with embellishing (most of my crazy quilting was used for placemats) so this was all new to me.
What I learned? I'd like to try embellishing the block (especially with embroidery) before I piece the blocks. So I think I will try that next. I thought I would make a couple of these little pieces (only about 17 x 13.5 inches). They are easy to do and I have a ton of scraps I can use.
But a good score for me was reusing old linens that had stains on them and incorporating them into my pieces. I've ALWAYS wanted to do this and I have tons of embroidered linens. The pieces that I couldn't bear to throw out can now be incorporated into something like this:
I just want to experiment a bit more. The joy of getting older is that you can let go of the idea of perfection and play more. P.S.: This cherry fabric was from a sundress that Helena wore :) Have a great day!