A crazy quilt block complete

The news today from little part of the world is that as you can see I completed a crazy quilt block. I had done the embroidery but needed to bead and embellish it.

The way I work is that about twice a year I haul out all my fabrics and piece a whole batch of blocks. As I piece I incorporate braids, ribbons and lace. These are then ready to stitch. Usually it is in the evenings after a busy day at work that I find time to stitch. Then they are put aside to bead. I usually bead at a table as otherwise if I try to bead in my ‘comfy chair’ they invariably get knocked and go everywhere! Adding beads and buttons is usually done in quiet moments either on the evenings or on weekends. I add beads and buttons at the end of the process because if you add them sooner during the embroidery phase your thread constantly gets tangled on the embellishments. I have found that breaking the process up like this works for me. If I did not do it this way I would not get much stitching done.


  1. I love the colors. You do beautiful work. Seeing it immediately made me want to get my cq stuff out and piece a square, something I haven’t done in a long time.
    Dawn from Crazy Quilt Central

    Dawn Smith
  2. Are you ever “non-inspired” being organized this way? I’m gonna try the “piece ahead” strategy, but i’m afraid that by the time i get to it, it won’t be as exciting–or is it like opening treasure because you’ve forgotten what you had done in readiness?

    )trying to meet *some* of my goals…:>)

  3. Beautiful work, as is your usual…I began work on the embroidery part of a crazy patch purse today. You inspire me to stay at it…Thanks for your tips. Very helpful for this newbie to CQembellishing.


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