It’s almost the last block of the Crazy Crystals project: this time you can use every remnant of fabric you have from your stash of fabrics for this project. Some will be small, but sewing them together before covering a section is a good option: let’s do it!
Print the paper patterns, block no. 11 consists of two pages again, just like the previous blocks – a left and right part.
Use Vlieseline L11 – 32x45cm – place this on top of the paper pattern. Just draw all lines of the Crazy Patchwork (the rectangle is for reference only), all to the edges. Make a sandwich from off-white fabric, 100% bamboo batting and the Vlieseline L11 with the patchwork pattern. Pin them in place.
Tape the pattern of the Crystal for Block 11 to a window, or a light box, tape the black batik quilt fabric (20 x 30 cm) on top of that. Make sure there is enough fabric around the shape of the Crystal to have a seam allowance of at least 1 cm in all directions (that is why I have tilted my black fabric). Draw all lines with white watersoluble pen (or blue if you use a lighter color of solid fabric for the center). BE SURE to draw thin lines: they have to be removed with water afterwards.
Cut the paper pattern with the Crystal to make a template, be sure to leave a 1 cm seam allowance outside the solid lines. Place the pattern on top of the black batik with the crystal drawn, and cut the black fabric the same size as the paper template. Place the black batik with the Crystal on the right spot, on the ‘center’ of your sandwich, pin in place with Flower Pins. Be sure to draw the solid lines with water soluble pen, to indicate the actual size of the section, inside the seam allowances.
A couple of different decorative stitches are covering my Crystal: as if I am working with ‘remnants’ of stiches too, to make the centre of this block more interesting. I will add Hotfix Stones later. It doesn’n matter how you cover the drawn lines of the Crystal, just add stiches, as many as you like.
And after this, you can add fabrics to all sections. Check what smaller and larger remnants you have after making so many blocks: repeat some techniques, or use pieces of fabric in a different way.
I have changed the sequence of the crazy pattern for two sections: section 11 has become section 10, and section 10 is now section 11 (notice the dotted line). I have done so because of the shape and size of large remnants I had. It is ok to change sewing sequence, as long as it does’n disturb the way you are adding fabrics.
I have almost used all my large remnants, and a couple of small ones. For my last block (no. 12) I will use what fabrics I have left in my stack. Do you want to cover more sections with strips of small remnants, sewn together? I have just made one strip for section 5, but you can use them with any section you want to.
See you next time!
Sylvia’s Art Quilts Studio