Type of item: Home Decor
cotton fabrics, batting
What was your inspiration?
I'd made a quilt in this same design previously, but the design was the wrong proportions for my sister's bed. So I ended up giving the first one to charity and re-designed the quilt in better proportions for a gift for my sis.
What are you most proud of?
I love that wonky border I came up with!
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
To get the center section as one big crazy patch block without major vertical or horizontal seams, draw the center dimensions on newsprint. Then draw a quadrangle near the center with no edges parallel to the quilt edges. Extend one side of each line, working around the quadrangle clockwise. You will now have five large pieces in the design. Label each major section and make pencil marks to indicate "notches" where you will need to match the seam after crazy patching the sections. I also wrote an indication of which piece it should be matched to by each notch, e.g. "match to piece 2E." Cut the pattern on the lines drawn. You can crazy patch directly onto the pattern pieces (allowing an extra 1/4 or 1/2 over the edges to allow for seam allowance on all sides) if making a small quilt. To make a large quilt like this, I broke each section down into smaller sections, made more notches, and used these smaller pattern pieces as my design sections to stitch my crazy patch. After crazy patching all the sections, trim all edges to 1/4 inch beyond the pattern section, match to the appropriate other section, and seam. I kept the paper foundation on until I no longer needed any of the notations in a given section to finish the piece.
Newsprint is much easier to work with as a foundation than most computer paper. It tears more easily so removing it after you're done stitching presents fewer difficulties. I bought a roll of newsprint end pieces from a local newspaper years ago and am still using from that roll in my designing. With the clean newsprint, you don't have ink smearing as you might when using old printed papers.