I had recently read the book, Wise Craft Quilts by Blair Stocker. So SO much inspiration from this book. You should check it out! I love the organic feel of her projects. Plus she uses a lot of what she already has on hand, which inspires me to use my scraps and the huge pile of muslin (that I bought from my brother’s rummage sale) and all the old jeans that people have been throwing at me for years!
With a blank canvas in front of us, I decided to take Allie on this new exploration with me. I showed her the crazy quilt center block set in a neutral fabric square in Blair’s book and said, “Let’s do this.” (I was going to show a picture from the book, but not sure on permissions and such, so just get the book and check it out!)
We dumped the scrap bin on the floor and started sifting through. I let it be Allie’s choice of colors, as I had thought she would be the one ending up with this joint project. She started with muted blues and navies, but as we went, corals and melon and green and turquoise made it into the pile.
We started with 6 1/2″ muslin foundation blocks, but then we realized that our scraps were probably too small. I cut the blocks down to 4 inches, and we got to work.
Crazy quilt piecing looks very forgiving, but we didn’t find this to be true. You have to make sure you cover all the raw edges, and this requires some planning ahead. Most difficult for both of us was breaking out of the traditional piecing of squaring up or symmetrical thinking. Allie got a bit frustrated, and I wonder if she will want to continue with this project, but I am addicted! I love it! I wanted to continue into the night and not stop!
I can see myself going bigger with this concept. I’d love to embellish with doo-dads or big stitch quilt it.
We have a flow when we are together. I love our discussions, and I love getting silly with her and going deep. She makes me laugh. She makes me think. I look forward to QC, scheduled for every Wednesday at 5:30, although with her schedule (she’s still a college student and a Barista) and mine, we manage to get together every other or every third Wednesday. Sometimes she invites her friend, Kristen, or her boyfriend, Elijah (but she calls him Jim…?). And sometimes my niece, Rachael, joins us, although she’s off getting her doctorate degree now, so no time for QC!
I hope to inspire others to create and to carry on this tradition of quilting. Possibilities abound. And it’s not just for old ladies anymore! It’s become an art!
I love spreading the love! Creativity IS love!