Well, the truth is out. I am NOT a crazy quilter! It isn’t that I’m opposed to being one – and I am actually looking forward to the embroidery on this project – but when it comes to piecing the quilt square…. well. What can I say? Having to assemble your ground fabric before you can stitch on it can be a bit trying – especially if you’ve never pieced together a crazy quilt square. Live and learn!
I decided that, for small embroidery projects this year, I would challenge myself to try, once a month or so, to work a technique I’ve never done before… or at least one I need more practice with. So this month, I decided to try a crazy quilt square for the heck of it. I’ve never pieced one before.
First, I assembled some fabrics. I have some blue shantung, some other blue stripey kind of silkish stuff, some dark blue velvet, a blue cotton with a flower pattern on it, and some gold silk damask.
How hard could this be? I realized that you obviously have to start in the middle and build out. So I started with the dark blue velvet. But I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to stitch it to the ground fabric. Instead, I fused it on with misty fuse.
Then, I built around that. But I didn’t really know the concept of building around it. So I just went with strips. Unfortunately, I didn’t understand the whole overlapping concept (duh – it really shouldn’t have been that hard). So I made a mistake. And since I was hand stitching while standing at the ironing board, I was not really inclined to take the mistake out. I figured, in the course of piecing further, the mistake would certainly end up getting covered.
But it didn’t.
Look at that silly-looking blue block! (The dark fabric on the top is the same dark blue velvet in the center…)
It’s a pretty fabric, but it’s in there all wrong!
On the bright side, I have heard (or read somewhere) that mistakes in piecing can be covered up with embellishment. So my next step is to make that disappear by embroidering over it somehow. Or perhaps it needs a piece of ribbon. Although I think you’re supposed to add ribbon in the piecing process!
Ah well – like I said, live and learn. I think overall this thing is pretty ugly right now. I hope it improves upon acquaintance! It is a completely knew sensation to have to “make” my ground fabric. I’m sure the next step should be to consider the overall design of the embellishment – but I think shall just “go at it” and see what results.
Ok, all you expert crazy quilters out there! Any suggestions for a solution to my mis-pieced square? Any ideas for a cover-up job??!