Today we will be making a Crazy Quilt Block with a fabric foundation. Since crazy quilt blocks are normally made with many different types and weights of fabric (silks, knits, cotton, polyester and wools) having a sturdy and unstretchable base to attach them to is a must. The base also allows odd shaped pieces to be added fairly easily.
|I saw this beautiful Crazy Quilt at the Des Moines AQS Quilt Show.|
Notice how the "crazy" blocks are really traditionally pieced.
|Crazy Quilt made from my girls' clothing.|
1. If you are going to use any non-quilting cottons in this block, be sure to prewash them in the same manner you will be washing your finished quilt.
2. Cut your foundation fabric approx. 13.5 inches square. You can use any type of woven cotton for this. In fact, I would suggest using a piece of why-did-I-buy-this-and-what-in-the-world-am-I-going-to-do-with-it? fabric. Just be sure the foundation fabric will not show through the crazy quilt fabric that will go on top of it. If it helps, you can sew on the backside of the foundation fabric over so the pattern is less intense.
3. Collect your fabric. I would suggest rounding up all of the scraps and odd sized pieces you have leftover from your other blocks and starting with those.
4. Start Sewing! Follow the directions for the Center Oriented Block. The only thing that will be different, is that we will trim our block to 12.5 inches square when we are finished. Don't get too stressed about the process - just keep adding fabric until the foundation fabric is covered. For more info on adding trims and curved pieces, check out the Corner Start Block post.
When it come down to it, this is really an improvisational block, so don't stress, just keep on adding pieces of fabric. You can do it! :)