Crazy Quilting Sampler, Part 3: More Stitchin’

Ok, crazy quilters – ready for more stitchin’?!

First up, I’ve stitched these little alternating sprig-type things. I have no idea what this would be called, but they’re each made of three simple straight stitches, exactly as they look:

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I worked each one just over the edge of the seam, so they overlap it by a teensy bit.

Next, a typical crazy quilting stitch that you will see on a lot of the antique crazy quilts: stepped running stitch. This is a threaded stitch and threaded stitches are great for using more than one color in one place, just for some extra funsies. Start by working running stitch along each side of a seam, alternating the spacing. Then we thread those running stitches:

Crazy Quilting Tutorial 3

Crazy Quilting Tutorial 3

Using a new color (if you like) and a dull cross-stitch needle (if you have one handy, it really will make it easier if you do), lace underneath one running stitch. Pass under the previous thread and down under the next running stitch. This is one of those things that’s insane to describe in words, but easy to do. Hopefully the photos above are clear even if my words aren’t.

The next photo shows you two stitches at once, because I’ve used them in sort of combination with each other. I wanted some stitching that was a focal point, that worked on a different scale to the others. So here I’ve made large stars all across one fabric strip. You can also work these across a seam, same as the other stitches. Unlike the teensy stars we made before, these are made with twelve straight stitches that come from the center. In the last star shown, you can see that I work the four straight arms first, like the quarters of a clock:

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This helps keep the spacing even. Along the seam of this area, I’ve made very small diagonal stitches. You can see how I’m working them by simply bringing my needle across the seam, perpendicular to it. It’s almost like lacing a shoe, and strangely satisfying.

And there, my friends, is where I’m going to send you off on your own to fill up the rest of your sampler! If yours is anything like mine, you should have covered about half of your seams now.

Crazy Quilting Tutorial 3

I will show you my finished sampler sometime next week – and I’ll also show you how I’ll finish mine off – but in the meantime, I want you to get creative with your stitches and, well, go crazy! Just use what you know and combine different stitches to make new effects – and stitch whatever pops into your head!

5 Comments on Crazy Quilting Sampler, Part 3: More Stitchin’

  1. Jeannette
    August 29, 2014 at 16:00 (4 years ago)

    Your handwork is very beautiful! Thanks for sharing:)

  2. Jess
    August 29, 2014 at 16:38 (4 years ago)

    I’m not a huge fan of crazy quilting – but the stitching makes me want to try it. A sampler sounds like a good idea. :)

  3. Rachel
    August 29, 2014 at 18:37 (4 years ago)

    I concur with Jess–you make it look so fun! And I have that cream fabric with the overlapping circles as well. I used it for lining on a purse recently. Love it! :)

  4. Penny
    September 2, 2014 at 23:36 (4 years ago)

    I’ve finished my first bit of crazy-ing (it’s on my blog, here:
    I didn’t get too much embroidery sewn on it as I used Christmas fabrics and they are too loud! I am making a second piece now which I am piecing in a more traditional way as I really like the odd pointy bits and curves and that will have a lot more embroidery on it – the stitches you chose are simple enough for me (oh, famous last words!)

  5. doris toliver
    February 7, 2016 at 03:12 (2 years ago)

    that’s the way crazy quilting should be done.
    looks lovely. looks very caring.


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