Part 1 of a very comprehensive workshop from these two ladies – one working by hand and the other with the help of the sewing machine.
Angela Daymond, Paula Doyle
Crazy patchwork continues to appeal and as you will see from Angela and Paula, you can take different approaches to achieve a similar end result.
By sewing the pieces onto the foundation fabric by hand, with a simple running stitch, it remains very portable; Angela suggests using up old tray cloths or lace with her method, and also encourages you to employ the frayed edges to good effect.
Paula, on the other hand, still uses a foundation method – this time with Volume Fleece, which is a polyester wadding with scrim which prevents the fibres of the wadding from bearding through the sewing holes; she also uses the walking foot to sew the pieces into place which on the fleece gives a ‘quilt-as-you-go’ look to the work.
Both methods create the project in a very organic way, i.e. they allow the pattern to evolve and Paula shares with us the idea of sewing some of her itsy-bits together to create a scrap-strip of their own. (and for more information on the Itsy Bits quilt from Paula, which is also hanging behind them both – click here)
Apparently, crazy quilts were expected to have 100 embroidery stitches on them – good job that’s no longer the case!
If you would like to learn more about the walking foot – click here
If you think all these takes too long (or you don’t have enough scraps) you can check out Valerie’s Crazy Quilt that she makes from fat quarters, and no waste (and these can also be sewn by hand if you are that way inclined).
Paula Doyle is an author, award winning quilter and tutor. One of the things she likes best is designing complex looking quilts which are made using simplified techniques to make them achievable and enjoyable to every quilter.
Angela Daymond is a textile artist, quilter and teacher who just loves to stitch.
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