Thursday, 7 April 2016

Black and white crazy patch with just a dash of colour quilt

My second finish for the first quarter of the 2016Finish-a-long. The blocks for this quilt have been hanging around for a very long time, so glad to have it finished.
Modern Crazy Patch quilt
These blocks were made in the crazy patch style, which Judith Montano Baker teaches, stitched on a piece of muslin and either started in the middle, or in a corner and built out from the corner, or around from the middle block, which has more than four sides.  Four sides in the middle would give it a log cabin look.  Each block is black and white with a dash of colour, I chose the primary colours plus green.

Crazy Quilt blocks
Most of the fabrics in this quilt are decorator fabrics, left over bits given to me by my friend Nancy who made wonderful pieced clothing from them.  I decided to back the quilt with a 60 inch piece of cotton that I found at IKEA.

I chose the Gossamer pantograph by Hermione Agee, as many Victorian crazy patches had spider’s and spider webs embroidered on them.  Quilted with a black and white variegated thread called zebra.

Gossamer pantograph
It took me three trips to the fabric store to get the binding for this quilt, on trip number one I came away with enough of the black and white stripe which I wanted to use on the bias, however when cutting my continuous bias binding I accidently cut it on the strait of grain, more than half a yard cut the wrong way and not enough left over to finish the quilt, being that I was away at a quilting day and this was my project I sewed three quarters of the binding on by machine and hand stitched the back.  The next day I was back at the store buying more fabric (without a sample), the stripe looked a bit wider, however I thought maybe my perception was off, I purchased another half meter.  When I got home I found it was wider and more cream than white and black.  So the next day I returned with the quilt to find the exact match, phew deadline looming I got it done.

Quilts connect the past with the present and the future.


  1. This turned out so well--love the "crazy" look...those pops of color just make it great...hugs congrats on your finish Julierose

  2. Great pictures but they still don't do justice to how beautiful this quilt is when you see in person.

  3. Great pictures but they still don't do justice to how beautiful this quilt is when you see in person.