A quick try at “crazy quilt”. I learned several things with this experiment:
- Leave out the batting, it isn’t necessary
- Use light tear-away stabilizer instead
- Be sure to save modified stitches as I go along so I don’t have to recreate them
- The centre element should have a more irregular pentagonal shape
- Cover area with fewer fabrics
- Use brighter/lighter fabrics
- Decorative stitch each strip as I go (much easier to make starts and stops exact)
In fact, I need to do another experiment – this time creating the entire block in the embroidery hoop! I’ve never done that but I have several block possibilities that create crazy quilt blocks as embroideries.
In any case, this is another possibility for the set of 6″x 6″ blocks!
With this block, I trimmed it to 6.5″ square, then added 2.5″ muslin strips to the sides to frame it. That will work. As soon as the 6″ mounted canvas arrives, I will try trimming and adding border strips in some colour or other so the sides of the pieces are uniform – that might be where the black comes in – the sides of the pieces could be finished in black fabric.
This block I created in the embroidery hoop using an embroidery design I had in my collection of embroideries. I like the shape of the central pentagon better – as I carry on – if I carry on – to create a series of these, I need to begin with an irregular central shape.
However, doing this in the hoop isn’t straightforward – the embroidery is set up to work with raw edges – the built in basting secures each piece but doesn’t take into account that the first basting seam needs to stop, the fabric turned, then the tacking to continue. In addition, I had to enlarge the embroidery in order to get a 6″ finished block – this resulted in the embroideries being larger than they want to be. Finally, the decorative stitching wasn’t done as the block developed but after all the fabric had been basted.
So, I don’t intend to carry on in the hoop – but this exercise was useful since I learned about
- working in a clockwise order
- trimming my fabric after each addition
- leaving out the batting, using tear away interfacing instead, works well for the neatness of the stitches
- and I still want to do decorative stitching as each fabric piece is added
I think the black would be a good choice but are you mounting them on something as well?
Yes, I’m planning to stretch them over a 6×6 blank stretched canvas with the 6×6 square fitted precisely on the front with the sides in black (since Brandt wants minimal black frames).
Look forward to see the end result!