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My crazy quilt block is finished

I told you a few weeks ago about the basic crazy quilting online class I signed up for with Kathy Shaw.  Well, I'm here to tell you now that it was great.  The last part included adding beads, buttons, lace, and other embellishments.  It was a lot of fun, but then I found myself balking a bit.  Even though I admire really jam-packed CQ squares, it's just not my style.  I like space between the elements and to allow the fabric to speak as well.  Go figure, because I'm certainly not like that with my bead embroidery!  Here's what I added:

Antique sequins


Two tri-colored butterflies

I decided to fill the corners with a templated version of blanket stitch, which is what I use (the plain variety, that is), to finish all my hand-stitched quilts.  You can see the dots in the photo below.  I finished the block by turning it under, setting it on top of a larger piece of wool felt with some cotton batting in the center just to plump it out a bit.  Then I wrapped muslin around from the back and slipped it under the edges of the block.  This method is sometimes called "wrap and tuck", and it's the one I use most frequently.  I show it in more detail here on Mixed Media Artist.  You don't have to miter the corners, but I think it looks nicer.

Since I didn't feel like adding any lace to the block itself, I added a small piece to the bottom of the quilt frame.

Blanket stitch and cross stitch around the edges.

Finished.  Not quite as bowed as it looks in the photo, but not perfectly straight either.  Who wants perfection?

The pattern of the block, seam stitches, and flowers are all taught by Kathy Shaw, and the overall design is her copyrighted pattern.  Please think about taking this course with her!

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Robbie said…
Not sure where to begin on what I LIKE about this little piece!!! Your edging is great...I like that you didn't crowd your work! It is SO lovely, Cyndi!! VERY nicely done!!!!
Cyndi L said…
Robbie, thank you so very much...that means a lot to me coming from you! I just have to remind everyone, though, that the design and the placement of elements is Kathy Shaw's, not mine. I had plenty of decisions to make along the way, but her design sense is underpinning all of it :-)