Joanna Strohn on

A Crazy Quilt for my Family

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Created in this Craftsy class

Crazy Quilts taught by Allie Aller

Work with fancy fabrics like velvet and silk and play with hand-embroidered seam treatments to create richly textured, sumptuous blocks.

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Category Quilting
Type Wall Hanging
Style Romantic, Classic, Retro / Vintage, Traditional
Joanna Strohn on

What materials did you use? The center for each of the blocks is a silk tie that belonged to my stepfather Roy. Most of the other fabrics are quilting cotton fabrics. The Fairy Frost is from my grandson's christening outfits that I made for them. A few pieces are silk. Some of the laces and flowers were my mother's, some were mine, others I purchased. There are a variety of threads, silk ribbons and beads from my collections. The buttons are from my mother's button box. I beaded the large button. Some of the items are from my mother's jewelry box. The spider is from a Halloween project.The batting is drapery lining, per class recommendations..

Joanna Strohn on

It looks like Craftsy has removed the additional information sections from the project area so I'll add them here. This is my first crazy quilt project. When the class was announced I had no interest in it and didn't sign up. During a sale, on a whim, I bought the course. After looking at a couple of the lessons I decided I'd try a block from some scraps. As it happened, I found a tie from my stepfather. Then I began to pull other fabrics from my stash that I loved. Three of the blocks are course design. I designed the lower left block. As I worked I began to collect items and was inspired as I went along to add laces, ribbons, rickrack, This represents four generations so I added what is important: Faith, Family, Love - in embroidery. I went back to honor my grandmother (a fifth generation) by relearning to tat (great course here!) In the course of making this I added a number of books and items to my collection. More really is more so I'm stocked with items to make my next one!

01/03/2014 Flag

Joanna, I love your story. To me, this is so much of what crazy quilting is all about: It is an internal journey, memores, emotions, thoughts, and hopes triggered by the treasured textile "bits"...set free by the quiet and improvisational stitching...the quilt and the inner voyage developing together. IOf course, it is about exploring and making new fun too! So glad you are ready for your next project too!

01/04/2014 Flag

I entered this in the 2014 Tucson Quilters Guild show and asked for it to be judged. I received a Very Good (B) in all areas. The judges said the best feature was that the embellishments were well applied. Given that this is my first crazy quilting project, I was very pleased!

01/20/2014 Flag

This is really beautiful. I love the references to the past, using old friends to create something new! I have so many goodies from my mother and grandmother - this may be a wonderful way to use them. Thanks for sharing - you are really inspiring! Best, Claire

01/10/2014 Flag

Thank you so much! I love the process and being able to use things I've inherited or collected over the years.

01/20/2014 Flag

So lovely! All the added embellishments are wonderful little treasures. Thank you for sharing.

01/13/2014 Flag

Thank you so much for your comments!

01/20/2014 Flag

Love your work! I also enjoy using lace from my Grandmother's old table linens as well as bits and pieces of old projects and selections. That is as much fun as the sewing for me! You've inspired me to think of other ways to share our family fabrics.

05/16/2014 Flag