Designed and written by Abbie
Finished size 10″ x 15″
*Please read through all of the instructions before you start, whether you are going to make this quilt by hand or machine or a mix, you may pick up hints and tips throughout that can be used……
This block is all about fun and scraps!
Firstly, go get all the scraps from your quilt so far, this block has been published last to utilise any off cuts that you’ve been saving.
I have given 2 possible ways of completing this block……… and a 3rd option! J
There are no wrongs or rights or patterns to follow!! This is based on a traditional ‘Crazy Patchwork’ block. Often referred to as ‘stitch and flip’.
I cut a piece of waste fabric a couple of inches bigger all around on which to stitch bits and pieces. This will not be seen. If you’re using calico, make sure you wash it first!!!
Draw a line indicating the size of your block 10” x 15” making sure there is plenty left for seam allowances. Work within this space and fill it up with loveliness to create your block.
By machine or hand……
Method 1 – Take 2 pieces of your scraps, any shape but with straight edges, place them right sides together on top of your background fabric. (you can start anywhere, in the middle, the side your choice)
Stitch along the edge of the 2 pieces, right the way through the backing fabric as well. (that’s the ‘stitch done)
Open out the 2 fabrics and press the open. (that’s the flip done!!)
Add another piece of fabric right sides down on top of your 2 stitched pieces. Stitch along the edge, then open and press……… if needs be, draw yourself a stitch line. Stop stitching when you run out of one fabric, as per the photo, this allows you to remove any excess fabric easily.
Trim away any excess bits of fabric protruding from the seams as you go.
Add another bit………. And so on.
If you back yourself into corner, you could stitch a couple of pieces together before adding them to your work.
If you have trouble covering a strange shaped gap, you could applique a piece on.
If in doubt, cover it with a bit of lace or ribbon or put a button on it. All of these things are allowable if not positively encouraged even! We love design developments in The Therapy Cupboard!
Traditionally all seams were covered with hand embroidery using a variety of stitches and threads. You might like to add a few stitches or machine a few raw edges with fancy stitch?
There are no rules.
Abbie’s option 2 – If this block is not for you, make a piece of your favourite patchwork, chop it up and put it back together. Cut to the size required for the block. Add a few embellishments and fancy stitches, hey-presto……Crazy!!! Xx
Option 3 – Make any other block that suits you and cut it to size. J
Above all else, please enjoy your creativity,
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