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I’m Not a Crazy Quilter, Part II


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Ok, I’ve said before I’m not a crazy quilter. But … but …. oooooh …. I may be converted, yet. Guess what I’ve been up to? I’m in the process of finishing and polishing as we speak, but then I got really excited, and I just had to share with you a wee little bit of what I’ve been doing….

I blame this solely on Allison Aller! (Well, “blame” probably isn’t the right word! I thank her for the idea and the opportunity!) I can now see precisely why crazy quilting can be addictive. I’ve never quite done anything like it. And it was fun. It was lots of fun. Frustrating at moments, because I don’t have a bunch of experience in creative crazy quilty ideas floating in my head… but perhaps that was part of the fun.

Goldwork Metal Thread Embroidery on a Crazy Quilt Square

Anyway. Just a little snippet. This is for an article for CQMag Online. Rissa is patiently waiting for the article. I’m impatiently editing photos.

Yes, Jo. I ventured over to the crazy side….


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  1. So beautiful that little bit!
    I would like so much to make something very little for my eldest sister!!! A while ago she gave me so many precious things I immediatly “saw” those things in Allison Aller’s hands as a crasy quilt 🙂

  2. well, Mary, welcome to the wonder of CQ. I think you’re gonna just love it…………let’s you use litte bits of everything you already know how to do, learn and practise new tricks, and use up some of that stash. And, yes, CQ truly is addictive.


  3. I too am ready to swoon. What an addition you will be to our crazy world. I can hardly wait if the little bit you have shown is just your beginning.

    Maybe the CQ conference in Omaha may be in your future. How nice that would be.



  4. Mary, this is looking stunning. I can not wait to read the article. Darling, I will gladly make you a block or two, and as for a purpose for the finished article, well I can help there too, simply send them to me.

    I think I am going to like this block very much, and I think I am going to dislike you very much for creating yet another thing that I HAVE to try, and therefore, buy….

  5. Hi, All!

    Thanks very much for the comments! It was really quite fun, and I'm glad that parts of the finished product turned out pretty well. There are some parts I like less than others, of course….

    Jo! Thanks for the offer. Careful – I just may take you up on it some day! >:-)

    Oh, you SHOULD try the goldwork! This is the thing – you can purchase just small pieces, sample size – 9" to 18" of a type – and they would actually go pretty far on a quilt square, because generally the seams are fairly short. It depends on what you do on the seam, but overall, you can get away with pretty small pieces to try the technique out!

    Doooooo try it!

  6. Ah yes…we who have previously proclaimed that we are not CQers! Ha! Never say never!

    Resistance is futile…you will be assimilated!

    What I’ve found over the years … is that each of us developes our ow CQ style … and that is the beauty of it.

    I first tried CQ after seeing Maureen Greeson’s work. It had a simple elegance…you could see the fabric and each seam had room to shine with its’ own merit … unlike many I’d seen where the pieces were packed to the max … and just too busy for my liking.

    If goldwork is your thing…then by all means add as much of it as you desire. The bits you share here are awesome! Look forward to reading you article in CQ Mag.!

  7. Welcome to the world of crazies Mary! Your work is beautiful, and I see the crazy quilter forcing her way out…let her free!!! 🙂

  8. This was an incredible article to read! I have longed to know how to do gold work, and I feel like just looking through your photos there that it is something that is very do-able. This was a great post today!

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