Here is my first Crazy Quilt- a modern heart! This is my first entry for the Crazy Quilt Journal Project 2015 Challenge. I haven't done any classes in Crazy Quilting (CQ) but I used these great tutorials on Kitty and Me Designs Blog by Pam Kellogg. I'll share a few photos of this piece and how I created the design, but you can read more about this work and get the free rose ribbon tutorial in the Summer issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine. I've written for this magazine last year, it's so much fun contributing to this inspiring magazine!
CQ Modern Heart
The main focus of this piece is one of my fabric prints which I embroidered with organza ribbon, silk ribbon and bead work with sequins. I had a gorgeous Kaffee Fassett fat quarter of fabric which my Mum gave me years ago as the 'wrapping' paper on my present at that time, and it's been sitting in my stash for a few years waiting for the right project. I decided on a heart shape for my block, and drew the design, arranged the fabrics, then placed and cut them. Sewed the pieces on the machine, and then basted it to quilter's muslin. You can see in the photos how I drew the heart, and planned the assembly.
I also learned from one of the posts in the CQ International group on facebook, the value of the second basting line (purple), it takes only a little extra time to sew, but it stops you from over doing your embellishments for the seam line (orange).
I decided to have a modern feel to this CQ by using very little lace (except for the dyed lace overlay panels which were in bright purples, green and blues), more organza ribbon in bright colours, and stylized embroidery and shapes, layering with sequins and beads. To accent the colours, I've used some of the beautiful hand dyed ribbons and threads from the Ingrid's Choice by Clarence River Rainbows, I used the Mid value Rainbow and Dark Value rainbow colours for this embroidery- they are bright and fresh, which compliment the over all design, and really lift it.
I used some beautiful lilac beaded trim which I purchased from Colors of Rengin in Turkey, and a sweet hand dyed lace butterfly by Nicki Lee / Raviolee Dreams which I embellished with beads. I also used our Rich blue palette of ribbons for the hand dyed cotton threads shown in the blue hand stitching below.
I loved working with the gold thread, but found working with the metallic pink thread a little tricky, the key was to double the thread and work in 20cm lengths. For all of the ribbon work I also used a chenille needle bigger than the usual size, so that the hole would be bigger and reduce tears on the delicate silk ribbon.
All of my beads, trims, organza ribbons, metallic and gold threads, sequins are from my stash, built up over 15 years. The gold thread I used in my gallery and art shop 15 years ago! And of course, I keep adding to my stash with the beautiful pieces I can buy via facebook groups and etsy.
I have really enjoyed this first piece, and found it highly relaxing, inspiring- even my 6 year old daughter resumed her embroideries next to me while I worked on mine, AND HIGHLY ADDICTIVE!!! I have been waking up at 5am just to work on it, to fit it into my day. I'm looking forward to starting my next block! All I have to do is sew it up into the pillow. Remember, you can see the completed pillow and get the free organza ribbon tutorial I used for the centre piece of this Crazy quilt in the summer edition of the Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine. If you love Pam's magazine and her crazy quilts, and want to see more works from other silk ribbon embroiderers, check out our next big online event ART TALK, and get your tickets here.
Please leave your comments, or any advice about my work (I'm a newbie to CQ, so any tips help!!) I'd love to hear from you! Share this post with friends you think would like it too Ingrid
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