I learned to embroider when I was a kid, when everyone was really into cross stitch remember the '80s? Eventually, I migrated to surface embroidery, teaching myself with whatever I could get my hands on All Rights Reserved.
You can read that review here. When I wrote about this little stitch sampler needlebookI received quite a bit of feedback about the difficulties of keeping stitches and lines straight and consistent. Embroidery Stitch Templates come in a package of six clear acetate sheets that can be cut down into strips by following the guidelines on the sheets. The sheets are sectioned off into horizontal strips, and within each horizontal strip is a stitching layout marked by blue lines.
The templates are organized by stitch family, so each group of decorative lines — all of which make for great crazy quilting seams or sampler-developing on larger stitch samplers — centers around one basic stitch.
For example, in the photo above, that group of templates on that page all belong to the buttonhole stitch family. As you can see in the photo above, each template consists of blue lines and open holes. The open holes are placed everywhere your needle would enter and exit the fabric when stitching that particular configuration of a line.
You place the clear template over your crazy quilt seam or onto any fabric they can be used for other embroidery endeavors, tooand, using a pencil or fabric marker, you dot the fabric through the holes in the template. And they are excellent for folks who suffer from eyesight problems that make it hard to see the weave of the fabric and to judge distance and size when stitching.
The dots are a sure guide to help you see where to go with your needle and thread. The acetate templates are somewhat expensive at first glance. But there are over 50 templates and design ideas, on a material that will last a lot longer than paper. The templates are designed primarily for crazy quilting, so the stitch layouts are somewhat large. Creative Impressions sells these Embroidery Stitch Templates directly on their website. Shop owners can contact them about wholesale ordering, but retail customers can shop on the website, too.
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The stitch templates above look great for learning how to stitch straight which I always find difficult as I have eyesight problems that make it hard to see the weave of the fabric and to judge distance and size when stitching. Thanks for sharing the stitch templates with us and for reviewing them. I do hope you have a great weekend with dog and all. Mary I got the book and love it.
She has included the template patterns and explains how to make your own at home. I felt this is great for people who want a smaller or larger design guide. After reading your review on Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts, I immediately ordered the book, and will be ordering the templates directly. Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us.It was a challenge getting all the blocks to read properly as I was pulling everything on the quilt from my stash!
If you are new to this site at the end of the article is a link to a photograph of the I Dropped the Button Box Quilt which is where this block comes from. Here is Crazy quilt block 87 diagramed out so you can see the pattern. There are no rules in crazy quilting and this is another example of adapting what fits to the block.
As you can see I am no fabric snob I use what I have to hand. My challenge with this quilt was to use unique pieces of fabric, lace, braids, charms, buttons or ribbons as I wanted it as a Y2K quilt. The on going item count list below represents the items documented to date in this series of articles. The first detail is a gimp braid that sits beside a cluster of buttons. As you can see it is woven in quite a complex pattern. I had fun adding seed and bugle beads to it once I had stitched it down with small stitches in black thread.
The braid is about an inch wide so is quite a strong element on Crazy quilt block This seam detail is a zig zag chain stitch that I added seed beads to the middle of each chain stitch.
I used cotton perle 8 thread as the seam is about an inch and half long. The next detail I would like to feature is a cluster of buttons.
The green one is a vintage plastic button the rest in the group are all modern. They sit next the gimp braid which covers the seam. For the decorated black satin ribbon I first basted to the ribbon in place with temporary stitches.
I then couched the ribbon to the block using herringbone stitch worked in rust orange cotton perle 5 thread. I added bugle beads to further decorate the seam. In a black rayon thread I worked some detached chain stitches and straight stitches topped with small seed beads. I then laced it with a black rayon thread that is a fine knitting yarn before adding black beads. The seam is not very long a couple of inches at the most as this is a 6 inch block. You can see it on the right hand side peeking out from under the button cluster.
At 19 pages of information it is a resource worth investigating! They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and they are compact in your sewing box. Are you no longer posting the bare framework pattern? In the current post, of Block 87 and a very nice block it is!
We lived out close to a military base, and there was a young man there who really missed his family. Recently we reconnected with him, and he came out to the shop. When he found out that we had a quilt shop, he wanted to try something. We had this great new line of templates, these Crazy Quilt templates, and we were like, ''We're going to get him to test this and see if he can do it! So I'm going to show you how.
Free Crazy Quilt Patterns
To begin this block you want to pick what size templates you are going to use for the middle. Basically you're just cutting the angles, so you want to go ahead and follow the side of your template, and just cut off your square, like that.
Then we're going to finish this one up. I can make two cuts right there And then you get a piece like this. Traditionally, they used these five sided pieces, scraps, whatever they had. We just made it easy with the template. Now, you'll find some scraps that you think will look good with it.Here are some sites that have crazy quilt stitches to use with your crazy quilt: Crazy Quilting Class Sharon's Stitch Dictionary.
Crazy Quilting Lessons. Crazy Quilt Patterns. Free Crazy Quilt patterns are a fun way to use up scraps and remnants. These patterns can be enlarged or reduced to fit your project and are great for pillows, lap robes, wall hangings and bed quilts.
These patterns are good projects to learn quilting skills and improve your technique. Choose animals, birds, geometric shapes or random piecing to create a colorful and festive quilt that will brighten your home. Crazy quilt blocks can be any size. Cut muslin squares as a base for the pieces, and stitch the quilt top fabrics to the muslin squares for support and durability.
When all the blocks are complete, assemble the squares alone or with sashing to make the individual units stand out. A Crazy Amish Quilt This crazy quilt block has templates for a 6 or 9 inch block and is paper pieced. Crazy Ann Quilt Block Make a charming country quilt by making several of these Crazy Ann blocks that measure 10 inch square each. Crazy Quilt Block Simple quilt pattern for a Crazy Patchwork Block You can easily make this charming crazy patchwork block for the start of a beautiful patchwork quilt.
A Victorian Block Using beautiful colored fabrics such as lavender, pinks and purples, you can create this gorgeous victorian crazy quilt block. Crazy Loon Block This crazy loon block measures eight inches square and can easily be made using this pattern.
A Crazy Star Flag This is a patriotic block of an American flag with a crazy star up in the left hand corner.Crazy quilts are a great way to make fun, colorful quilts while using up leftover fabric scraps. Follow this tutorial to make your own crazy quilt block patterns. You can improvise and create a different look every time! Victorian crazy quilts were sewn by hand, joining small pieces together in carefully planned arrangements that look haphazard.
You can recreate this look in a modern way by sewing your extra fabric strips and pieces. Note: This supply list is for making individual quilt blocks. If you want to make a quilt or another item out of the blocks, you will need additional materials. Cut a square of muslin as a backing piece. This helps stabilize the quilt block.
Tip: You can place quilt batting behind the muslin piece for a quilt-as-you-go block. Choose a fabric piece for the center. Trim the piece so it has five sizes and irregular angles. Place the piece roughly in the middle of the backing fabric. Each time you make a block, the middle piece should be a little different, so don't worry about measuring or making a pattern. Choose the next fabric you want to add to your block. It should have a straight edge that's at least as long as one of the edges on the middle piece.
Place the second fabric piece face down with the edges aligned. You don't need to backstitch. If the second piece is longer than the first piece, that's okay!
Creative Grids Scrap Crazy 8 Inch Templates
Sew only as long as the edge of the first piece or a few stitches longer. Tip: Your crazy quilt block involves a lot of sewing, trimming and pressing.
Keep your cutting mat and ironing board close to your sewing machine for easy assembly. Choose the next fabric and make sure it is long enough to go across the next side of the middle piece and the second piece you just added.It is ungodly hot outside, so it seemed like a pretty good day to sit in the basement and play with my sewing machine You can use these super interesting-looking blocks in typical things like quilts, but they are cool enough to stand alone in a throw pillow, wall hanging, or tote bag.
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If you're just starting out, I'd stick to cotton, as it is the easiest to deal with. But I've done these out of silks and velvets and they turn out awesome but definitely not for the beginner! Get a good variety of fabric, so you have lots of diversity in your square. And just remember that you only need tiny little pieces of fabric, so it's a good way to use up scraps from other projects, or to trade with a friend.
You completely don't have to do this step, and if you don't have a fancy machine that embroiders you can certainly do it by hand. I just mainly wanted a cool embroidered focal point and an excuse to play with my machine. Each embroidery machine is certainly different, so you'll want to follow the directions for what you have. Pick out your fabric for the center piece, and cut it so it's big enough for your embroidered design my design is about 2" with plenty of space around it to actually trim a shape into it later.
Cut a piece of sticky stabilizer, big enough to fit in your hoop, and position your fabric in the center, then center it in the hoop itself. Do your thing. Or really, let the machine do it's thing. Sit back and check your email or something. Once it's finished remove it from the hoop, remove all of the stabilizer, and press. Now, I want each square to be 12" square when I'm completely finished. You by no means have to do this same size.
Just be sure, that whatever size you want to end up with, that you add seam allowances onto all of the size.
This muslin square will serve as the base for the block, so you want it to be perfectly square, so take the time here. Now, the whole idea of a crazy quilt is that it is off-kilter and nuts. So you don't want to just leave the center square to be, well, a square. Use your ruler and cut some fun angles into it. I would, however, caution you to actually use that ruler and get super straight lines. The reason that this crazy block is so simple is because it's all straight lines!!
When you get this piece trimmed, place it on the muslin square, face up. Try to keep things, once again, off of center. Also maybe think about how the angles that you cut into it may effect the look of the finished piece once it spirals out.
Pin this in place, and you'll finally be ready for some sewing. I just basted the center square on with a big zig-zag stitch, being sure to stay within a quarter inch seam allowance. And here is were I will just say it and get it over with Don't do them.
They will instantly make what you sew look like homemade junk.Join Our Mailing List! Where to Buy. About Us. Why CG. Join Our Mailing List. Creative Grids Crazier Eights Template. Download Instructions. All of the pieces can be cut from those odd sized scraps in your stash or stack fabrics and cut multiples out of ten inch squares in a matter of minutes.
The tips are trimmed when needed so the pieces sew together perfectly every time. Embellish the seams with your favorite decorative stitches and threads.
Make an entire quilt or sew them into a scrappy, decorative border. The template set comes with fully illustrated step by step instructions or scan the QR Code printed on the instructions to view a video demonstration.
The ruler slides easily over the fabric until pressure is applied. Then, our exclusive gripper holds the fabric in place while cutting, eliminating slipping and miss-cuts!
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