Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Crazy Basket of Friendship Quilt Tutorial

I was working on "Crazy Quilts". 

 My quilting friend, Lois,
suggested doing this self-sashing method, using the crazy piece as the centre rectangle.
Then another friend, Sandi, asked me how to put her Crazy Quilt together,
so I have designed this pattern, naming this quilt the

" Crazy Basket of Friendship"
I was inspired by combining the two very traditional patterns of 
"Crazy Quilting" and "Rail Fence".  
It is done in a "cool" color scheme.

Custom Quilting by Lorraine Appleby. 

Here is the Crazy Quilting Method that I like:

Tutorial for a 9" Crazy Basket Block:
(optional math for a 10 1/2" block is at the end of the page). 

Start by trimming your Crazy Blocks to 9" 
Now cut them in half.  You will now have two 4 1/2" x 9" rectangles.

A pile of 4 1/2" x 9" rectangles.

Now cut sashing rectangles 2 3/4" x 9" long.  You will need 2 for each of your Crazy Rectangles.

Sew the sashing rectangles to one side of the Crazy Rectangle, using a 1/4" seam. 

Run your seams together to save time and thread. 
Your bobbin thread will last a lot longer using this method. 

Now sew the sashing rectangle to the other side, again running the seams. 

Your blocks are now 9" x 9".   Trim to this size if necessary.  

Press to the "dark side".  

Now lay your blocks out like this, to create a woven look. 
The bigger your quilt the more you will see the "weave". 

Here it is sewn together. 
The finished block sewn is 8 1/2". 
Have fun!

Here is the math for a  10 1/2" block:

Cut the Crazy Rectangle 5 1/2 x 10 1/2"
Cut the Sashing 3 x 10 1/2 "

Trim to 10 1/2".
Sew to 10". 

This is Sandi's completed top - a fabulous job!

2 more tutorials to enjoy...

Friday, 18 January 2013

3 & 8 Quilt Tutorial


 "3 & 8 Quilt" 
made with 3" and 8" squares.

A friend gave me a big bag of 3" squares and I wanted to figure out what to do with them.  I divided the 3" squares into warm and cool colors, then combined the cool colored squares with this sports print from my stash.  My boys all play hockey in Canada and there is a question as to who this quilt will belong to!

Here is my design using
3" small squares and an 8" large square, with a 1/4" seam allowance.  

 3 - 3" squares sewn together and attached to one side of the 8" square. 
Turn this edge to the top of the block. 

4 - 3" squares sewn to the right side of the block.


 The finished block.   At this point it is 10 1/2".
When sewn into the quilt it will finish at 10". 
Here are a few layout options.


 This is what I will go with.



You will love this easy and accurate binding join!