Below is the first Crazy Quilt block I created. And, Boy!, what a learning experience it was. (Which is as it should be.)
Some of the things I learned were:
- Foundation – basting the fabric to the foundation muslin may not necessarily be sufficient.
- Contrast – if the embellishments don’t contrast sufficiently, they blend into the background.
- Try before you Buy – Always keep a few scraps around to do some testing before committing to the block (here is where lack of sufficient contrast would have made itself evident).
- Hoopster – as much as I don’t like using hoops, I think it will be the only way to control the stitches. Otherwise, there will be “puddle-ing” of the fabrics (see the center piece for a good example of this).
I knew this first piece would not be perfect. Allowances were permitted. <Interject self-deprecating humor here.>
I can’t wait to start Sharon B’s online course. This block doesn’t feel quite finished to me. Hopefully I’ll get some knowledge with the class that will point out why I feel this way.