I got a table quilt stand last year, specifically to display my Miniature Mariner’s Compass. Problem though, the quilt is too small, or is it the frame is too big? Either way it isn’t going to work, so I needed to make something else.
I have decided to do a series of quilts for it, for different seasons and holidays. All will be original designs. I don’t promise one a month, but there will be several this year. I like to decorate with all white in January, so this first quilt is all white and ivory. I started with a crazy patch idea. Begin with a five sided piece of fabric.
Add more fabrics log cabin style, cutting off the excess as you go.
Press the additions flat as you go so there isn’t any ruffling.
Continue until you have a 12 inch block. Pin with batting and backing.
Then using your sewing machine’s decorative stitches, go over the seam lines in white thread. Stitch down the edges too.
I was excited to use the used Pfaff I purchased some time ago with all those stitches! I used a faggoting stitch to secure the lace on a seam.
Isn’t this fun! I have a lot of stuff that I can choose to add.
So I started playing around with various items.
This rose ribbon was couched on using the blind hem stitch on the machine.
On the back, I added two wide loops to hang the little quilt on the frame. I shortened it after this picture was taken. The final size is two inches wide by one inch folded to 1/2 inch. It is stitched down under the binding, and the loops will turn up but not show over the top of the quilt.
I finished the binding, and started on some handwork, then realized it really needed more quilting. The stitching on the seam lines just wasn’t enough. I could have added more quilting with my domestic machine, but believe it or not, I loaded it on the frame and added quilting. I don’t recommend this, and you can learn from my mistakes, LOL!! The project is small enough to quilt easily using free motion on a domestic machine.
I began adding more embellishments to the top. The lace basket holds special memories, as I got it in Belgium at a lace shop in Bruxelles (or Brussels as we in the United States know it).
I added some ribbon bows and roses and some pearls on a diagonal line. It isn’t nearly done, but I’ll show you the rest next time. Click HERE to see the finish!
Do you like to crazy quilt?