Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Crazy for A Quilt

I don't have much time today, so I'm only posting this little teaser of a project that is still very much in progress. I've always wanted a crazy quilt for Phoebe's bedroom, but they are nearly impossible to find in miniature! I finally decided I'd had enough of the bare mattress, and set out to fake one of my own.

For the last year or so I've been scouring thrift shops for  silk ties with tiny patterns, which I combined with snippets of fabric I stole from Mom. I've attached (glued) them all to a base fabric, and am slowly outlining each patch with feather stitch worked in gold thread. Most of the time, this hides the raw edges of the patches pretty well. Crazy quilts were usually made of solid fabrics, to show off embroidered details. But since I have no skill (or patience!) with embroidery, I thought the patterned fabrics would capture the elaborate look of the originals with a lot less work. The little elephant came from a woven (jacquard) tie, but the fabric is too thick to be used for big patches.


  1. OOooo I am first in with a comment on this delightful project of yours! I do full-size quilting and my first one was a crazy quilt.
    Seeing you work on this size of one I find you brave and I admire your efforts. I can't wait to see it finished and on the bed. Please take a picture!
    No one does crazy quilts hardly either mini or full size - but they are soooo wonderful.

  2. Your crazy quilt is out of this world beautiful! I absolutely adore your choice of colours and patterns. I am just thrilled to have seen yours because I have been longing to make one for one of my dollhouse beds.