Tuesday, September 20, 2011

"Pretty Crazy Green 9 Patch"...Top Finished

I wanted to get this little project done in time for the class I am teaching at the Northwest Quilters Expo on this coming Thursday, based on my Pretty Crazy pattern.  My goal is to show what versatile results the pattern can give, from basic cotton quiltwork to elaborate looking crazy quilting....and almost all of it by machine.

I've just added a bit of beadwork, some three dimensional embellishment to the center block, and what I call a "faux binding" around the perimeter of the top.

As you can see, it is just a hint of beadwork, in the center of the ombre ribbon flowers, along the black velvet ribbon, and that little bugle beaded flower in the upper right.  It is just enough to add to the visual complexity of the piece, without taking very long at all.

I painted some pre-made ribbon flowers and tacked them on with a bead in the center of each one, couched down the stems of the readymade craft leaves, and stem and buttonhole stitched around the green velvet butterfly (from M & S Schmalberg, shown on the bottom row, second from right if you click on the link.)  The butterfly needed some extra definition after everything was on the block, so I went over it with some Neocolor Watersoluble Wax Pastels and then painted it wet with water to blend the colors.

The flower stems are large fibers that have been simply couched down.  That little cloisonne frog was the final touch for my central embellishment "tableau".

I've been using trim a lot lately to function as a visual binding, or narrow outer border.  It is so easy to apply--I just attached it with a clear thread in a zig zag stitch, folding and mitering the corners as I got to them.

This picture actually shows the place where the trim starts and stops, in the corner.
Here is that corner from the back:

No big deal!
I am leaving the backing off this sample so I can prove to students how little handwork was involved overall.  I am really trying to demonstrate how much interest you can get with quick machine work.
When it IS time to finish this, I will just take backing fabric, iron the edges under to exactly fit the size of the top, and zigzag stitch it to the outer edge of the trim, around the perimeter.


Of course, a lot more handstitching and beading could be added, and it would be fun...but this is an exercise in getting the maximum visual impact for the least amount of handwork.  I want sane quilters to see that crazy quilting is actually quite doable....!

16 comments :

Vicki W said...

I love it! It's beautiful and seems very "doable" too.

Jessica said...

I so enjoy following your blog. Everthing is so beautiful. I applaud your efforts. Thanks for bringing some added beauty into my day.
-Jessica
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Sue Reno said...

I am amazed once again at how you can take so many disparate elements and make them work together so beautifully. I love the design work here that underlies all the interesting embellishment.

Melody said...

Just wonderful. You are so clever.

HEKSEN said...

Beautiful. I love all the things you make.

Valerie said...

This is gorgeous - boy do you have a way with crazy quilts!! ;)

Alma Stoller said...

so beautiful.

I love it.

Alma

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

gorgeous, I may have to start combing through all the notions shops in my hood here in the garment center, NYC... I've avoided them for years, purely for storage reasons, but I am getting hooked on these! come shopping... ;-)

sharonb said...

Another nice finish Allie - Congrats its lovely

Judy S. said...

Fun! Ir's beautiful, Allie. Neat way you used that trim.....

underatopazsky said...

It's gorgeous and the extra details really bring it to life. Using trims really helps to make it achievable for people who don't feel they have the time or the handwork skills to do work like this.

Susan Elliott said...

The interesting thing to me is, from far away, this quilt looks a lot like your others that took hours and hours and hours. It's great that you've figured out a method of getting lots of visual punch without as much effort. And the ribbons look beautiful...and those peeks of hot pink make the piece sing. Have a great day teaching...I know your students will have a fun day!!

Rian said...

That is so pretty, Allie.

Summerset said...

Looks great and I think leaving it "unfinished" is good so that people can actually see what it looks like. So often we tend to cover things up to make them pretty, but have a hard time explaining exactly how it was made. The overall effect of the piece is great, and shows that you can really do some interesting things with easy techniques.

Pam Kellogg said...

Girl, your work just blows me away! Gorgeous as always!

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful!!! Youa re someting else, painting your lace bits once sewn to the quilt and then blending with water. You could make sane quilters go into a seizure with that move!!! Rock on Girl!!!!