Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Crazy, Crazy, Crazy

Twelve or so years ago, I decided to do a crazy quilt. It has been a crazy journey! I love that there are no rules. Fabrics can be combined, gaudy embellishments added, everything every which way and crazy! More than 12 squares later (hey - that's better than one a year!) I have just two left to embellish. It has been an interesting and wonderful journey and an inconsistent journey. There was better than a year I didn't even touch the project. I'm now also the proud owner of about 6 crazy quilt books and more embellishments than I ever imagined.

I've never been overly fond of handwork. I've done my share of embroidery and cross stitch over the years, but never had a real passion for it. And now I find myself spending hours on just one square - doing embroidery and beading, and handstitching embellishments. Stitching buttons onto a shirt is a dreaded chore, yet I've stitched many a button onto these quilt squares. Part of the enjoyment of the buttons is that they were Bob's Mom's buttons that we found years ago in her "button bag" stored in her treadle sewing machine.

This leaf was done by stamping with Lumere paint then adding beads.

Every crazy quilt is supposed to have a web and spider stitched into it for luck.

Only 2 square to finish. As my daughter keeps asking me, "When will it be done?" I can only hope before another twelve years go by!

1 comment:

Christine said...

Wow, it's gorgeous! Can't wait to see it finished! Christine