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.