Friday, May 21, 2010


For the 2010 Spring Bloggers Quilt Festival, I'm showing this Crazy Quilt that I made before I started blogging and have never shown on my blog. I used many different fabrics including velvets, silks, satin, sateen and cottons. Some of the fabrics are Japanese. The embroidery on the seams was done on the sewing machine while the rest of the embroidery was done by hand.
Here you can see that I used a Kate Greenaway little girl with a hat as well as a bird and some silk ribbon flowers. I also used an English paper pieced hexagon flower that I had made years before...I like how it looked mixed in with the crazy patches. There's a basket of flowers embroidered in the center of the hexagon flower.
The fan is one of my favorite parts of this quilt...I really like the silk ribbon flower vines. There are also silk ribbon flowers growing on two other patches.
In this section I added a cut out lace motif-it hasn't photographed very well and is overly white and bright. There's also another Kate Greenaway design-this time a little boy and some more silk ribbon flowers.
Here you can see, besides the center medallion flower vase, some classic crazy quilt embroidery designs: a pair of owls, a fan, and bird. You can just see part of my initials from the bottom corner of the quilt.
I enjoyed making this quilt-I especially enjoyed adding the embroidery. Some of the designs I marked but many of the smaller designs just freely developed and I really liked just adding silk ribbon flowers wherever.

This year I made a crazy quilt pillow for a very dear friend in Germany...you can see it here.

It is always fun to participate in Amy's Bloggers Quilt Festival and there are so many wonderful quilts to see.

41 comments:

Stephanie said...

Just gorgeous. I'm always in awe of all the detail on crazy quilts.

Carol at Serendipity said...

What a treasure you have made. Your work is just exquisite.

Carol

Brenda said...

Beautiful. I am just starting to crazy quilt so I appreciate all the detail, time and stitches used. What a great quilt. Hope mine is as beautiful as yours someday.

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

What a wonderful quilt. Your work is just beautiful!

P. said...

Oh my, that is a true work of art! I can't imagine all the hours you must have put into it. Beautiful.

Ulla said...

Lovely piece of work! It looks like you have done some serious background work before starting your quilt.

Sandra said...

Miri,
You have really captured the antique crazy quilt look, feel, etc. What a beautiful quilt.
Sandra Starley
My festival entries-
my 1890 pink blazing star antique
http://utahquiltappraiser.blogspot.com

and my latest challenge quilt & its 1890 cheddar star original
http://starleyquilts.blogspot.com

Annemariesquilt said...

An Amazing quilt Miri..
Take care and have fun!!

Claudia said...

Oh wow, I love your crazy quilt. I attending a quilt guild show recently featuring crazy quilts and had not really appreciated them until recently. This is so lovely. I love the embroidery.

Grams said...

Awesome crazy quilt. I've always thought they would be fun to do but I've never attempted one.

vail in tn

SarahB said...

What a beautiful crazy quilt! It musts be wonderful to admire all the different textures up close!

ROZ said...

this quilt is simply marvelous. Love the embroidery!

Alexis said...

Wow! It's a stunner- I especially love the ribbon flowers, but all your work it gorgeous!

Rachel said...

This is so beautiful, Miri. Look at that embroidery. Wow! I've always wanted to make a crazy quilt.

Heather said...

This is gorgeous. Thanks for including all those detailed pictures.

I have been trying to decide which quilt I want to feature, and having seen your crazy quilt, I think I will dig mine out and photograph it. Its very different than yours, which was the intention.

BaileyGirl5 said...

I've been fascinated by crazy quilts and I love the embroidery on them. This one is just beautiful! I hope to make one someday. Thanks for sharing!

MARIKA said...

Very beautiful Quilt work

Sherri said...

Beautiful quilt...I too love the fan and the hexagon flower the most!

Notjustnat said...

Oh Miri, I love CQ and I'm still a member of the original CQ mailing list. Your quilt is gorgeous - Love it - Nat

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Amazing quilt! I love all the different fabrics and the exquisite stitching. Very nice!

Roslyn said...

Your crazy quilt is divine,Miri, I would love to make one but so far I have only made an 8"x10"!
Thanks for the heads up on the BQF I didn't realise it was that time again !

Susan said...

Oh the handwork I envy you! Something I just can't seem to have the patience for but sure can admire and respect it. Thanks for sharing

Chris said...

Just fabulous! I love the handwork.

Celine said...

Congratulations, your quilt is stunning. I love the idea of combinig the hexie flower with the crazy quilt. It is so different.
Celine in UK

Sharon said...

Stunning!! What beautiful work you do.

I Love Baby Quilts! said...

Ohmygosh, that basket of flowers! You are so talented!!!

Deborah said...

Your quilt is beautiful!

Anne at Film and Thread said...

What a good way to showcase your many talents! Really pretty.

Michele said...

wow, that is amazing! i also posted a crazy quilt for the festival but mine pales in comparison! what a work of art you have created!

Ariane said...

It is so beautiful. I love all the embroidery that you did. It is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing it.

Marit said...

Gorgeous fabrics and amazing stitches - a beauty!
; )

Pat said...

Crazy quilts just naturally draw me in. This one is no exception and I find it very pleasing to the eye and it is just exquisite. LOVE, LOVE it. What a treasure!

sewpam63 said...

What an amazing Crazy Quilt!!! Your embroidery stitches are perfect!!! I love the way you embellished the quilt. Your designs, ribbon flowers and fancy embroidery work along with your beautiful fabrics is a joy to look at. Something to discover over and over again. Thanks for sharing. ; )

Deidra said...

Hi Miri. This is quite an amazing quilt! Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting on my ric rac quilt!

zetor said...

Just love your quilt and the details are wonderful!

mngirltx said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love crazy quilts...yours is lovely.

Dolly said...

Wow, that is a lot of work, and beautifully done......nice one to pass down in the family.

Thank you for sharing.

Eileen said...

love this quilt. have a huge old, old quilt my grandfather's aunt or possibly she was his great aunt made. precious and this reminds me of that. you've done a beautiful job

Bunny said...

I just love crazy quilts and have never made one. I think you did an amazing job and it must have been fun creating all those stitches to enhance the blocks.
Wonderful.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

I love crazy quilts and yours is very beautiful! I love all your details on it.

..I am off today so will hopefully get to some others on the quilt fest. I have some drawing orders to work on and then clean house... Now that our children are grown and my hubby and I are empty nesters, I can't be a "stay at home mom", but I would love to be a stay at home wife :o)

Blessings & Aloha!
If you have a moment to come over, please let me know by leaving a comment at my post. It was fun meeting you!

Michelle said...

I love the colors in your crazy quilt! All the little embellishments are just outstanding. It looks like a fun quilt to make.