Saturday, February 04, 2006

My Crazy Quilt With Grandmother's Fans 1996

This is my big quilt, about 2 metres square. It took four years from start to finish, although I hand quilted a king size quilt in the 'I'm-sick-to-death-of-the-Crazy-Quilt' moments. I did an ingenerous estimate just after it was finished and reckon it took over 3000 hours. No exaggeration.

Er...ah.... What can I tell you? I started out to make a 'Grandmother's Fan' quilt and changed my mind. The reason in the first place was that I'd bought Dorothy Bond's fantastic book, 'Crazy Quilt Stitches' and I wanted to try every border stitch combination in it. A Crazy Quilt with ONLY border embroidery! NO motif's. You know how it goes!

I run an 8 session class covering all manner of stuff. The class gives you a lot of techniques to play with, and a further 6 - 8 sessions gives you a whole lot more! One group is onto it's second year one night a fortnight, or did I tell you that already? Also, for weekend workshops, I've figured out a terrific one/two day selection which gives you new stitches and colour blending techniques... packs in a lot of info without being overwhelming.
I've since made a 'Mary Poppins' bag with an emphasis on Crazy Quilt borders (I tried to do only borders and no motifs, but failed again). This is either a seperate class or an extension of the extended class. I let them decide what they want to learn. I don't have a photo of the bag yet... but it's all velveteens, lost of browns and tans and camel colours with poetry and lovely fat stitching. It's a perfect overnight or craft bag. It's at The Patchwork Teahouse in Warburton right now, advertising a class.
I'll post some detailed pictures if you want... the cards have some details too.
Bobby La's Cards.


Linda said...

Mmmm - so what IS the actual horse bit in the middle??? A print???? Crious minds need to know. :)

Bobby La said...

The horse is cross stitched on coarse linen. I did it from an old McCalls Afghan magazine I'd 'borrowed' off my Grandma years before when I was a teenager. It was sitting around doing nothing so I thought I'd use the scraps from the Fans and make a crazy cushion... and well, you can see the result!

La Bastidane (Nathalie Locquen) said...

C'est magnifique, merci.
Nath du Sud

Anonymous said...

All I can say is that this is not fair... not fair at all that you are in Australia and not in São Paulo, Brazil! I want these classes!!! :(

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful quilt.