Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Day 85 - of 100 Days of Quilts
Crazy Patch from ' Traditional Quilts to Paper Piece'

What was the idea behind today's quilt? We just needed to add a twist to a really traditional block. When we were compiling traditional quilt ideas for our third book, we naturally thought of a crazy patch block, because it would be easy to paper piece..but it needed something else in it.
So we dusted off an idea of a quilt that we made in our community in 1999. To celebrate the new millennium, my mother's quilt shop was involved in a local project. We designed 10 different crazy patch blocks, and each of them had a center 'element'. They each had a heart, a tree, a house, or 'something' in the center, and then surrounded by pieces of fabric. Each crazy patch block had 25 pieces in it, and different people from the town would come to my mom's store to sew a block. When all 80 blocks had been piece, the quilt contained 2000 pieces - to represent the new millennium. And when the quilt was done, it was raffled off to one lucky winner.
So we used one block from that millennium quilt, and downsized it, and made this much smaller, but just as charming version.
See you tomorrow.

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