Challenge of the year

September 3rd

Finishing the first block

As promised here are the final photos of my first block. I loved doing the lace applique. This is a wonderful way to keep tiny snippets of precious lace which cannot be thrown away.


Overall I was delighted with the results of this colour scheme, apart from my error in fabric selection.


The balance of colour  both for the thread and the fabrics, is almost perfect, so I will move on to preparation of the second block. I think that any decoration should wait until all the blocks are complete so that I can check I have sufficient embellishments for them all.


August 14th

Here are more images of my first quilt block – next time I will show you the completed block.

Notice how I have used various greens and brows in the stitch out.


With a great deal of preparation it can be hit and miss whether the colours embroidered in each section stand out. They can be lost if the fabric is not significantly different.


July 24th

Let me show you my progress with this first quilt block. You can see the embroidery is now being done over the attached sections of silk fabric.

Embroidering the buttonholes


July 6th, 2018


Today I planned and stitched my first crazy quilt block for this challenge. I decided that it would be best to use ivory dupion silk as the base fabric for each 11" square. With my assortment of pale greens, ecrus and cream silks I began to attach the various blocks. I selected to do this with my first Romantic Crazy quilt block using the larger 8" x 8" design. I have to confess I love using my 200mm x 200mm square hoop; it has to be my favourite hoop. After I had attached four fabric pieces I noticed my first error. I had used the same fabric for two sections and failed to use my gorgeous pale apple slubby silk dupion!!! That will have to wait for the next block.


February 17th, 2018


"This week I have sourced and sorted out the fabrics I will be using for my Crazy quilt challenge. There are several shades of fresh green silk dupion, which remind me of the coming of spring along with some beige, cream, ivory and sand coloured silk. Two of my fabrics are basically the same colour but one is slubby and the other is smooth so they reflect the light differently. I had great fun playing with the colours that I might use for my quilt blocks. Usually I keep to the "three colour rule" so that my embroidery is not too busy, so I have selected greens, light browns and neutral shades. I hope that the rich tan and peapod green will make the blocks pop, but I need to do a test stitch out to confirm this next."

February 2nd, 2018

"I have been giving this project serious consideration and have decided that adequate preparation is essential. So I have checked out all my silk dupion and embroidery threads to decide whcih colour scheme would work best for this quilt. At the moment I am considering a green and cream colour scheme. Although I love natural colours, ecru, beige, ivory, oyster and taupe, these alone would be too much like the popular "latte quilt".  I want to create something breathtakingly beautiful and different, unlike any other quilt made. I will show you the grouping of fabric and threads before I do a test stitch out. I suspect that not all the blocks that I have digitised will be suitable for this quilt. Obviously I will have to change all the colours of each chosen block I use, so that they all reflect my colour scheme and work well together, but each block will keep its distinguishing features."

View all my Romantic Crazy quilt blocks

You will need to consider the colour schemes and change the colours to give some continuity. I will rise to this challenge too and show you throughout the year the results, with a probable tutorial explaining what I learn along the way with some unique designs to help you. Check back here each month for updates.

Here are a selection of 8" x 8" quilt blocks. There are also 2 Dresden style quilt blocks and 2 oval blocks which could also be incorporated into a quilt.





Need a challenge for 2018? How about taking a selection of the Romantic Crazy Quilts and making a quilt with them.