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Thursday, 23 January 2014

Crazy Quilt Along 2014

The closest I have come in the past to any crazy patchwork was when I made these two panels from a slection of hand dyed fabrics and threads.

For some reason I had never considered traditional crazy patchwork even though it combines the two things I love - patchwork and hand embroidery.

Some time last summer I came across Jennifer Clouston's blog Sew So Crazy!. I thought her work exquisite and enjoyed following her posts about her students work. In December Jennifer published her first book and I have treated myself to a copy of it. Her work is superb and there is so much inspiration in it.

Then in the autumn I was paired with Caroline Heinrich of Good Earth Quilting for a Christmas postcard swap. Carli is a great crazy quilter and sent me this beautiful postcard.

When she told me that she would be hosting a Crazy quiltalong starting in the New Year I signed up straight away!

And so finally to the point of this blog!

The Crazy Quilt  Along 2014 has started! We are going to make a wall hanging using four 12" blocks, one for each of the seasons. The first block, appropriately, is winter. I have chosen this picture of frosty cotoneaster as my inspiration.

Although I have to say there is very little frost around here this winter and this picture was taken last winter.

I have put together the patchwork background of my block.

And plan to do all the stitching in white or silver to make it look frosty.

I am a little unsure about the size of this - possibly a 9" block would suit me better - so I have marked a 9" square on the surface and will aim to fill that first and see how I feel about it!

I have been through all my threads and beads and have come up with this selection to work with.

So now it is all going in a box ready to take away to Spain with us in 10 days time when I hope to have some time for hand stitching.

I have another four new followers - welcome to Heather, Teresa and Linda from the Crazy Quilt Along and also to Karen. Thank you for dropping in.

Meanwhile I am looking forward to FNSI which is tomorrow.

Happy stitching



  1. It's a nice project. Hope to see it on your blog.

  2. what a gorgeous new project, looking forward to seeing it come to life.
    Your new blog background is beautiful..

  3. Hi Lin. Jennifer's book looks amazing and your postcard from Carli is just sweet. This quiltalong will be a great learning experience and lots of fun. I love the photo of all the embellishments you will use. Very pretty!

  4. LIn, this blog post is so special and I just love how you've laid it out, much like this excellent start to a 'winter' block.

  5. Hi Lin I love the winter image really beautiful. Cant wait to see how to decorate the block with the treads and beads. Have a great time in Spain, hugs Susan x

  6. Great start to your crazy quilting block. I think the embellishments you have chosen is lovely .

  7. Visiting from FNSI. It's always fun to try something new and experiment. Lovely winters colours in your blocks.

  8. A great idea to use a photo for your inspiration for your block. I am ready to gather my threads and beads for the embellishment. I am quite excited about this project. Looking forward to following everyone's progress.

  9. Hi Lin,
    Thank you so much for this post! I will pass the message onto my students. I hope that you enjoy working with the book. Please share some of photos of your work with me.

  10. I love your hand dyed fabrics!! That sounds like a great project to me and you're off to a good start. Enjoy your trip to Spain and take lots of photos to share :-)


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