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Crazy Quilts

Wedding Quilt

I returned to quilting five years ago by doing a couple baby quilts for women on my staff. I liked surprising people with something way outside of the norms in which they knew me.

Then the weddings began for children of friends and I started in on wedding quilts and I've been on a roll ever since, for about five years now.

This was an early quilt, one I designed in no small part to use up my mom's fabric stash. (Barely made a dent.) I made this one in partnership with daughter. It was for her friend -- who is the daughter of MY friend. The green border is from the bridesmaid dress I wore in the mother's wedding on a wintry day on Long Island in 1980 (I think.) Still had it. Great velvet.

The pattern is one I picked up in a magazine. The center crazy heart is surrounded by log cabin blocks. I think it is a perfect statement about marriage. My daughter embroidered extensively on the center just to make it even more textured and crazy.

Making the Crazy Quilt Center More Crazy

The crazy quilt center is actually nine separate squares each made with the crazy block process of starting in the center and then adding something to each side, usually going around clockwise. (More or less.) Here -- green center. Add bright white with blue squiggles. Then add the longer light blue strip. Then add the densely colored batik with browns and blue. Next, the red. And so forth. 

My daughter took each square and embroidered along four different seams. She did not repeat a design across any of the nine squares:  36 different embroidery designs. She loves a challenge like that -- coming up with so many patterns.

Can you spot the four in this square?  Don't mistake the edging on the salmon triangle towards the top -- that is in another square.