Sunday, April 27, 2008

Spring CQ....further piecing progress

"Spring CQ" is a good enough working title!
Judy S. asked if I compose all my crazy quilts this way, and the answer is yes. I put all my muslin foundation blocks up on the design wall, then take them down and piece them one by one. Sometimes I will pin a partially pieced block back up on the wall to see what it "needs" next.

Here is one block in four stages of piecing...I'm not showing step by step, just the general idea of how it goes:

This block got started in the lower left corner, and I built it out from there.
Next, I sewed chunks together....

Here are the two main chunks, ready to get pieced to the foundation...

And here is the finished block.
Many of these fabrics are from a tie manufacturer in San Rafael, California. They had a storefront and a bunch of us at the Point Bonita quilt conference last January took a field trip to buy some of their fabric samples. I stuffed a grocery bag tightly with nicely sized silk squares and paid a whopping $5.00 for it. Such a deal!

Here is the quilt so far.
I have several ideas for what will go in the center, but it seems I alway decide that last when making a crazy quilt.
Weird, huh?

14 comments :

Granny Fran said...

The best thing about quilt blogging is getting to see the fascinating process of creating a quilt. I really like what you've got together so far. You are definitely a pathmaker rather than a path follower.

Esther said...

I love the warm/cool color contrast. And the irregular mottling. I'm excited to see what you decide to put in the middle.

EMBELLISHER said...

Thanks for showing the process,its good to to get an idea of the different ways of going about crazy quilting, because I don't know anybody around me who does crazy quilting.

teodo said...

I like your blog very much.
Can I put the link on my blog.
ciao ciao

Tine said...

I just discovered your blog, and what wonderful quilts you make!! I will definately be back to see the progress on this one :-)

Debra said...

Such pretty fabrics! Reminds me that I have a huge box of ties that need some kind of attention--hmmm, that may be on the 2009 schedule!

Anonymous said...

Allie, gorgeous work as always. Do you oiece together your fabrics and THEN put them on your foundation?? Debbie (Maine) rquirion@roadrunner.com

Rian said...

Oh boy is this fun to watch morph!

Maureen said...

More great work in the making Allie,do you ever stop???. Also I love your e - absolutely great - maureen x

Amy said...

I had to come and check this project out again. I love the variety of neck tie silk you have. What a great find. I also like the overall pattern created using color and hue.

Maureen said...

Half of my previous post is missing so again i'll say that your 'garden ' piece is lovely, the work on it exceptional.

Possibilities, Etc. said...

Gorgeous colors! I'm soooo glad to see you doing "crazies" again! I've missed watching it.

Judy S. said...

Hi Allie,

Thanks for the explantion. So that's how you get curves on your blocks? I think I thought your design wall was the foundation...

At any rate your colors are wonderful. Choosing colors well is definitely an art and critical to the way the end product looks IMHO, and you excell at it!

Deb H said...

You're making me ache to do another crazy quilt! Does that mean you're driving me crazy? In a nice way I'm sure!

National news you say? For the most snow in a 12 hour period since before I was born! What a way to enjoy spring 'ey?

Think I'll have to take a cue from you & go a little crazy!Thanks Allie!