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Date: 10/8/13 10:39 AM

I have never previously been drawn to Crazy Quilting. I am very left brained, and am not inherently drawn to designs with no discernible pattern or repetition.

Somehow recently I've got a bug up my rear to try it. Depending on the fabrics chosen and the layout they don't have to be a random mishmash. And I have this machine that has a bazillion decorative stitches that I love playing with.

So if I want to use decorative stitches instead of hand embroidery along the patches, then I add the decorative stitches as I add each patch? The ones I have seen pictures of look like 1) Seam 2) Decorative stitching alone the seam just sewn 3) Next seam 4) Decorative stitches etc. based on the decorative stitching disappearing under the adjacent seams. Seems like kind of a pain, but would be aided by a second sewing machine - one that remains set up for piecing and the other to decorate. Not a problem in my house.

Does this make sense?

I've been watching Allie Aller's craftsy class, but she uses only hand embroidery. Lovely and I may add some, but I'd like to finish this project in my lifetime

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Date: 10/8/13 10:41 AM

I've thought of this also. I never use my dec stitches and would like to more often. All my computerized machines do all different widths so really have quite few to choose from.

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Subject: Crazy Quilting with machines decorative stitches Date: 10/8/13 11:00 AM

Practice and test with scraps made into a mini quilt. Machine stitches can be awesome.

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Date: 10/8/13 11:52 AM

I really want to do one too - they are so awesome. Being anal however, I would "plan" the blocks" ahead as well as the fabric AND the stitches. Knowing all that, you can do the stitching last if you like. Or block by block. Block by block would be easier/faster if you can set up two machines.

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Date: 10/8/13 12:43 PM

I love crazy quilts too! I have one in my to-do someday list, and it will be using my machine's stitches as well. And velvet. So far that's all I've got.

I don't think it really matters what order you do the decorative stitching in, as long as YOU are happy with the way they look.

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Date: 10/8/13 12:49 PM

I used to be obsessed with doing this --

I came to the conclusion to dong every seam was overkill and kinda ended up looking like there was just a 5,7,9 mm additional line beside the seam line.

I also looked at a bunch of crazy quilts and noticed that lots of times the stitch actually straddles the seam. I ended up decided to do some seams the way you describe - some with double threads, some with bobbin work, some using stitches like a scallop, mirror'd (so it touches in on the seam) on each side of a seam -- that way I could create a 18 mm stitch with my 9 mm machine. Some over-all stitches.

Basically, I decided that crazy machine work should be crazy machines work.

It was very time consuming. I loved the work - but it took lots of time.

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Date: 10/8/13 1:07 PM

I would just sew the quilt pieces together in groups, press the seams then sew right over those seams with some kind of fancy stitch. That works for me! I would not have to worry about the ends of the fancy stitching being caught up in some other seam for that at all (and using two machines at once and the same time at all to try to do that thread up different at all) just since you can
decoratively stitch on top of something and then stop and do thread tie off with something in a machine or even just leave long trailing thread ends and then just go back later, and pull to the back of the work and even tie off manual.

If you want it to look more like old fashioned hand done crazy quilt stitches, and very open, I think it would show up better with thicker 12 weight cotton thread maybe though. Some stitches won't really look the exactly same, and are just kind of cheaters though, just since you can't get a real hand done kind of chain stitch or lazy daisy kind of loop on a sewing machine even the same way you can do that by hand, and just wrapping the one thread around your hand needle to do it instead.
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Subject: Crazy Quilting with machines decorative stitches Date: 10/8/13 1:57 PM

When I machine crazy quilt small items like Christmas ornaments, I find that just using metallic thread or shiny rayon thread and stitching from the front is enough. But when I do larger squares or stockings, I wasn't satisfied with the impact and went back to hand embroidery. This year, I am going to try bobbin work on the larger items , more couching of ribbon or yarn, etc. I wait until the whole square or stocking is pieced, and then I embellish.

You might read Barbara Randle's Crazy Quilting with Attitude and More Crazy Quilting with Attitude. She uses her machine to embellish and does lots of bobbin work.

You can also combine handwork and machine work effectively.

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Date: 10/8/13 2:06 PM

I keep meaning to make a crazy quilt, maybe if you do one it will spur me to make one!!

I think I would add the decorative stitches after the block was finished, but that is because I am too lazy to keep switching.

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Date: 10/8/13 2:59 PM

Lots of things to think about, thanks everyone

PattiAnn I just knew someone would say "just try it"! It's funny, some things I am fearless about but for some reason this one has me insecure.

Canadian Jane I think I will have to plan much of this ahead - if only to get past my fear of having it turn out too haphazard. But in my case I don't think it's my anal-ness (anality?) which I have plenty of but my insecurity.

Cat - oooh velvet! I have some hand-dyed silk velvet and some other hand dyed silks from a dyeing class that are too small for garments. CQ would be a terrific use for them.

Portland, you are right it would be very easy to go the other extreme of too regimented. I will also use some lace at the seams to keep it from being too monotonous. I'm also planning some free-standing embellishments that should serve to break it up a bit.

beauturbo - I was thinking it would look better to have the decorative stitching on first so it can be included in the seam. At least some of the time, so that it looks like lace that's been sewed down first.

Karlyn, thanks for the book recommendations! Found brand new copies of both for $7 total from Amazon vendors. And bobbin work -yum! I have the whole set of Razzle Dazzle just for bobbin work.

Barb, unless all the decorative stitching is the same color, it will require lots of switching anyway. I'm thinking with the second machine I can make it work. I have my featherweight in a SewEzi table I think it will work.

Glad to get some discussion going, the board has been very quiet today

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