I have been wanting to try crazy quilting for several years now. As I have mentioned before, I am so inspired by all of you and after seeing the beautiful pieces some of you have created, I finally decided to 'just do it'. So here is the start.
I am armed and dangerous! I pieced together some various fabrics I had stashed in my closet. I have my embroidery floss, some trim, silk ribbon, beads and buttons. I also have my handy "Encyclopedia of Crazy Quit Stitches and Motifs" by Linda Causee and "Encyclopedia of Ribbon Embroidery Borders" by Deanna Hall West. I don't know just what trims, stitches or techniques I will be using specifically, but I am ready to go. I love doing hand stitching so I am looking forward to this project.
By the way, I will definitely be using some beads because this is my monthly beading challenge for September.
I do have a couple of questions for those of you experienced in crazy quilting: (1) How many strands of floss do you generally use, and (2) Do you knot the ends of your floss? I know in many types of needlework you don't knot the ends, but rather weave them on the backside.
OK, here is a question for anyone interested: What should I make with my block when it is finished? (No, I'm not going to create a full quilt although that would be awesome!)
I love books and especially 'how to' books. I bought these several years ago and they appear to have very clear and precise instructions for each stitch shown. Funny, as I go through my bookcase I find I have at least ten other books on crazy quilting, ribbon embroidery and embroidery with floss. (LOL) These include books by Judith Baker Montano, J. Marsha Michler, Helen Gibb, Mary Jo Hiney, Kaye Pyke and Lynne Landy - all very inspiring! I have a lot of looking and drooling to do.
I'll post the result when I complete it. In the meantime, what are you all working on?
Take care and have a great week!