May. 28th, 2013

[personal profile] emmne
Rambling on a journal post so I thought I would structure and share quilting tidbits. A lot of people confuse scrappy--meaning mixed fabrics on a repeating pattern--with crazy--meaning not much pattern, either, and ideally no pattern, so unique. But scrappy is more widely acceptable in my local observation, unless it looks specifically like a Victorian crazy quilt.

I don't mind the work of a Victorian crazy quilt, but since I hand quilt and embroider, it's not something I would ever expect to get paid a "reasonable" amount for. A dollar an hour for labor is more likely, so I'd keep, gift, or donate those for charity auctions, not try to sell direct with any expectation of finding a buyer. Still, there are things that are not Victorian that are nice crazy quilts, with their own artistic value as well as comfortable for a bed, and some of them can be done with a reasonable time investment, if the style is something other people can appreciate.

Random I don't do with crazy quilts, odd as that may sound. Random is for scrappy, when the pattern or a pseudo pattern (I'm sure there is a word for it but confetti is only a specific style of the type I mean, not the category) is there to hold the thing together. Sometimes I'm sure it looks close. A few too many themed fabrics without some solid or color-on-color will give a headache-enducing chaos even if the theme is fairly narrowly focused. Crazy is odd shaped, but the color and theme combo should help hold the whole together, whether pieced, appliqued, or some combination. The question then is whether my idea of a good balance is anyone else's. So far, I think my tastes may be as unique as the results of my attempts.
[personal profile] emmne
June Block of the Month Prompt: Find a crazy quilt on line or a crazy quilt pattern (yes there are a few out there). Use some stash.

Large block variation: Use the same fabrics in a different arrangement to make four or six different crazy quilt blocks.

Designers challenge: Take several crazy quilt blocks (they can be drawn on paper and colored with crayon if you like, then cut the blocks out). Put them together so that the matching fabrics/colors from different blocks are together as often as possible. Compare that to putting as many contrasting fabrics together along the edges as possible.

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