>Crazy Piecing Tutorial continued


Crazy Piecing (continued) Be sure to check out the first part in Previous Posts

Image10Here I have started Fabric 3, laying a straight edge right side down along another raw edge of my base piece. I drew a pencil line with a ruler because my base piece wasn’t exactly straight. I’m laying my top piece along that pencil line and stuck in a pin so I can get it under the needle in an orderly fashion.

Image12After sewing along the straight edge, I Image11flipped the Fabric 3 over, right side up. I finger pressed the seam, stuck a couple of pins in along the foundation edge and turned everything over. Now I will trim away the excess Fabric 3 along the foundation piece edges.

Image13Here’s the crazy piecing now. We have the large flowered base piece, the painted fabric (Fabric 2) and the striped silk (Fabric 3).

Image14Next I decided to audition a new piece. I want to get the flowers pieced in without too much getting chopped off, so I lay the fabric on top, folding under right where I want the seam line to be. I finger pressed this fold to give me a sewing line. (This way you don’t have to worry about cutting, allowing for an exact seam allowance, before you sew.)


Ok, I stitched my piece on, leaving the dreaded “L”—2 raw edges to fill. Not to worry.


I sew my next piece along 1 raw edge and, after turning right side up, fold under the raw edge covering the other side’s raw edge. IMG_0018

I stitch very close to the folded edge. IMG_0020This is where embellishments can cover a multitude of sins! A little embroidery stitch or ribbon will look great here. And a button or other cute doodad at the corner completes it.

This new “fabric” will be used to make a handbag that I’m giving away to the 7th visitor today (or whenever). Haven’t actually made the handbag yet, but will in the next day or so and will publish a photo of it when I’m done!



To be a truly “crazy” piecer, you have to be a little crazy!
Here’s a shot of my studio Friday as I was starting to do this project! I’ve been doing a lot of different things, so EVERYTHING is out, and little Dickens finds the piles of fabric to make a lovely nest!

Crazy piecing starts best with a 5 or 6 sided piece of fabric.

Here I’ve started with a 5 sided piece. I usually do my crazy piecing on a foundation piece of fabric. Here I’m using some duck cloth. I like it because it’s quite firm, so when I get ready to do embroidery or embellishments, I don’t worry about using stabilizer.

If you’re crazy piecing to make a garment (like my vests), cut out your pattern with muslin, using EXTRA WIDE seam allowances all around. Here I’m just making a couple of rectangular pieces to make a handbag with.

Next, pick 1 edge and lay another piece of fabric over it, right sides together, with straight edges even.

The top piece DOES NOT have to be exactly the length of the bottom edge, just BE SURE it’s AS LONG.

Now stitch along the straight edges with a narrow seam allowance.

The seam allowance DOES NOT MATTER! (Hello, Quilters! Did you hear that! ; ) What does matter is that you sew a STRAIGHT line.

When you’ve finished, flip the new fabric over. Press (or finger press) the seam open.

Now you can put a pin or 2 in to secure your outer edges together if you wish–depends on how big a piece you’re working on.

Next flip the foundation piece over and trim off the excess of Fabric 2, even with the edge of your foundation.

Now turn everything right side up again.

Looks good!

This is the basic idea. You keep adding fabrics going around the edges of your original 5 sided piece, then piece around those until your base is covered. Because I use scraps that are oddly shaped, I sometimes draw a straight line with a pencil on my foundation piece to help guide me in sewing the straight edges.

I have tons more photos and wanted to write A LOT more, but formatting photos in Blogger is insane!!! Tutorials need LOTS of pictures and this site is not designed for ease of inserting photos. So this is to be continued………..

Well, I’ve found Windows Live Writer to help with blogging, so the rest of the tutorial is posted on May 30. Please post your questions here and I’ll answer them promptly.

>Garden Flowers



Here in north-central Illinois, the winters are long. And just when we thought winter would never end…………Spring arrived!


We haven’t particularly enjoyed the rain, but the flowers sure have! Combined with last year’s good dose of fertilizer compliments of our horses ; ) our garden has burst into bloom.

Thought I’d share a few bright pictures until my next tutorial (which will be VERY soon!)

The Sew What Blog Tour is visiting soon, so I’ve got to do some work!

>Fabric Postcard / Party Invitation

>I just found this cute idea and thought I’d share it with you all. Artist’s Trading Cards (ATC’s) have been around for quite a while, but this is a much simpler way to create an “artsy” postcard. And if you’re creating invitations, that’s what you need–easy!

I also like that this idea would be perfect to use with the other 2 techniques I’ve done tutorials on.

Broderie Perse applique could be featured on the postcard, rather than a printed fabric—a cut-out motif bonded to a solid background would make a perfect little picture! You could probably even find fabric with a motif or design that relates to your party theme!

This is a great little project to practice your thread painting! Simple highlights on your fabric would really add a lot. Try out some of those special threads in your collection!

Here’s the link. I get the newsletter from this site–they have some great ideas: