One of my favorite textiles to collect and admire are quilts. Maybe it's the endless warmth that they provide or just the fact that most quilts were made with love by women for their families. Generally quilts were made out of necessity, many in a make-do fashion from worn out clothes, bedding, etc.
There are so many types of quilts and quilting techniques...I love patch quilts the most, but
I am also drawn to Crazy Quilts. Someday I hope to own one, I do have a small antique crazy quilt square that I picked up at a flea market last summer...the fabrics are worn and tattered but I'm still crazy about it.
Unlike most quilts, Crazy Quilts were usually not intended for use, they were more of a "fashion statement" in the late 1800's. To read more about the history of Crazy Quilts ~click here~ a wonderful article written by Betty Pillsbury and Rita Vainius on The Caron Collection site.
The feature of the Crazy Quilt that I admire most is the beautiful needlework...love all those pretty, fancy stitches.
Yesterday...I tried my hand at a Crazy Quilt block, now please remember I am a novice at all those fancy stitches and I have never pieced a crazy quilt before. But, this is my rendition..
I didn't use a pattern or guide for the piecing, just pieced as I went along. Used different fabrics with different textures, made one mistake in the piecing but tried to conceal it as best I could (there was no going back, LOL) I used vintage cotton threads for the stitches and mixed them up a bit.
I think it turned out pretty cool...
And...that's my Craziness in a 12" square!