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Modern crazy patch project

 

Wasn’t yesterday’s machine embroidery impressive on the Husqvarna Viking Designer Jade | 35?

Today we’re going to combine the applique tips, the embroidery and some decorative stitching into an updated, dare I say, modern version of crazy patch.

Once you complete your “new” fabric, you can use it to make a tote bag, a journal cover, a pillow. Click the links to find a tutorial for each item.

Husqvarna Viking Designer Jade | 35
Husqvarna Viking Designer Jade | 35

 

My inspiration was a piece of a crazy patch quilt that I own. This was all hand done and the pieces are on the small side. I decided to make the pieces larger (yes – it’s faster!) and do all the work on the Designer Jade | 35.

Traditional crazy patch quilt
Traditional crazy patch quilt

 

Choose some fabrics

I decided to let the stitching and embroidery shine through by using solid fabric. I choose solids from Northcott’s ColorWorks Premium Solid collection.

Northcott ColorWorks Premium Solids in shades of red
Northcott ColorWorks Premium Solids in shades of red

 

Northcott ColorWorks Premium Solids in shades of yellow
Northcott ColorWorks Premium Solids in shades of yellow

 

Use a foundation fabric

There are many ways to make this type of project. I could have cut pieces out and sewed them together with no foundation. I could have overlapped them and appliqued them. Instead, I chose the stitch ‘n’ flip method which I’ll briefly outline below.

I started by cutting a piece of muslin a couple of inches larger than I actually need. I believe my foundation is 17″ square. I want to make this easy and not have too many seams, so I’m minimizing the number of seams involved.

I drew a line diagonally on the muslin.

Guidelines drawn on the muslin foundation
Guidelines drawn on the muslin foundation

 

Sewing the fabric pieces to the muslin foundation

Then I took my first piece of fabric and laid it on the muslin base so that it covered at least one section.

First fabric placed on the muslin foundation
First fabric placed on the muslin foundation

 

Notice I didn’t cut anything down to size – I just used FQs of the fabrics and trimmed them off once they were sewn together.

Then I took the next piece of fabric and laid them right sides together (although you can’t tell when using solids). Notice that there’s overlap. I’m going to sew a 1/4″ seam along that long edge of the darker red. I’ll trim away the lighter red that is visible and then flip the darker red over so it covers the next area.

Let’s walk through it step by step.

Place the next piece of fabric right sides together
Place the next piece of fabric right sides together

 

Pin in place
Pin in place

 

Sew 1/4" away from the edge of the top piece
Sew 1/4″ away from the edge of the top piece

 

When I flip that darker red over the seam, I now have two pieces stitched to the muslin foundation.

Two sections of the crazy patch sewn together
Two sections of the crazy patch sewn together

 

Now there’s a lot of extra (bright red) fabric underneath the darker fabric so I’m going to trim that away.

I used scissors to trim that excess being careful to not cut the foundation square. Note this picture was taken after the third (pink) fabric was stitched in place over the darker red.

Trimming away the excess with scissors
Trimming away the excess with scissors

 

There’s also excess fabric hanging over the edge of the muslin foundation. I used my rotary cutter to trim that away. I left a bit extra over the edge of the muslin and once the entire piece is completed, those edges will all be trimmed up.

Trimming along the edge of the muslin foundation with the rotary cutter
Trimming along the edge of the muslin foundation with the rotary cutter

 

I continued in this way working first to one side of my initial piece and then to the other side. Alternatively, you started on one side and worked to the other. Be sure to cover that muslin base entirely. You can see that I shortened that coral colored piece and that entire side will have to be trimmed a bit shorter because of that.

One half of the muslin foundation is covered with fabric
One half of the muslin foundation is covered with fabric

 

Audition the fabrics for the other side. Since this is stitch and flip, I’m going to change the direction of the pieces to make it easy. Again – there are many ways to do this, I could have joined multiple pieces together before I stitched and flipped, but I wanted to keep this simple.

Auditioning fabrics for the second half
Auditioning fabrics for the second half

 

Now it’s time to start the process for the second half. I’ve laid out the first piece of yellow so that the seam will cover the ends of all the red pieces. Then I’ll stitch and flip to cover this entire half.

Ready to stitch and flip on the second half
Ready to stitch and flip on the second half

 

Decorative stitching

Now we can have some fun with the decorative stitching.

I chose thread colors that somewhat matched my fabrics. I used a pre-wound bobbin and on top, I used rayon threads. They have a bit of shine to them, come in loads of different colors and are easy to use.

Then I browsed the stitch menus and using the techniques from earlier this week, I started the decorative stitches.

Since my pieces are fairly large, I didn’t feel that one row of decorative stitching would be enough, so I started with one line of stitching directly on the seam and then stitched a second and third row on either side.

First row of decorative stitching
First row of decorative stitching

 

Using the presser foot as a guide, I added a second row of stitching to the right of the first one and then I added a matching row of stitching to the left of that first row.

Stitching on the right hand side of the first row of stitching
Stitching on the right hand side of the first row of stitching

 

Stitching on the left hand side of that first row
Stitching on the left hand side of that first row

 

Finished decorative stitching for this seam
Finished decorative stitching for this seam

 

YES – that’s the same piece of fabric. The lighting can change the coloring a lot. Which goes to show that we need to be careful when choosing fabrics – can’t say enough about having good light for that task.

 

Time to add some machine embroidery

I decided to add some embroidery from the USB embroidery stick that came with the Designer Jade | 35. I stitched one of the designs right on the piece and I also used the embroidery font to stitch my initials on the piece which is part of the tradition of crazy patch.

There wasn’t enough fabric to properly hoop my project as this image is close to the edge. I simply basted an extra piece of fabric to the side, stitched out the design and removed the extra piece of fabric. The chalk lines are my placement marks when I hooped only because I wanted this design in a specific place on the fabric.

The hoop comes with centering marks engraved along the sides so it’s easy to match up your reference lines with the engraved marks in the hoop.

Embroidery design stitched directly onto the background fabric
Embroidery design stitched directly onto the background fabric

 

For the next embroidery design, I also had to baste some extra fabric to the edge of the project as the placement of the font was too close to the edge to hoop properly. There are other ways of hooping the fabric without doing that, but that worked for me in a hurry with the supplies I had on hand.

Embroidered initials
Embroidered initials

 

Some of my fabric shapes are rather large. To fill some of the spaces, I stitched yet another embroidery design from the USB embroidery stick. This time I stitched the embroidery on another piece of fabric. Then I cut the embroidery out and appliqued it to my project. I used a zig zag stitch with very thin thread to do the applique.

Applique created from an embroidery design
Applique created from an embroidery design

 

This is a good piece to practice on. You get to try the decorative stitches, you get to play with the various embroidery designs and embroidery font and even try out applique.

Once I’m finished with the stitching, I’ll be trimming the piece down. I haven’t decided which of my three projects I’ll make with it. I may even decide to keep it as a small wall hanging.

Modern crazy patch (work in progress)
Modern crazy patch (work in progress)

 

This small work in progress is just the tip of the iceberg of the things that you can do with the Husqvarna Viking Designer Jade | 35. The only limitation will be your imagination.

I’d love to see what fun project you end up making.

Tomorrow we wrap up this series with the Top 10 reasons why I love the Husqvarna Viking Designer Jade | 35. Have a great day! Ciao!

 

 

Elaine Theriault is a teacher, writer and pattern designer who is completely obsessed with quilting. Elaine’s Tech Tips column (originally published in A Needle Pulling Thread magazine) is now available online in e-book format at QUILTsocial.com. When not quilting, she enjoys spending time with her two dogs, Lexi and Murphy, or can be found cycling across the country. Her blog is crazyquilteronabike.blogspot.com.

13 Comments

  1. Analysis actually helps to figure out the problem. How to find the problem and their solutions you actually solve all this all hassle.

  2. Donna Spinney

    what a great way to do a crazy quilt beautifully and quickly. a must try for me.

    • Donna – thanks. It’s a lot of fun to experiment with this kind of project. Let us see what you create! Elaine

  3. Judi Caldwell

    This is great little project and gives a chance to see and use all of the wonderful stitch choices we have on our machines.

  4. Chrystal Langille

    awesome project!

  5. Pauline Perry

    I really enjoyed this crazy patchwork machine embroidery article. Although I don’t have an embroidery machine I do love hand embroidery – I also like to use the embroidery stitches on my machine and they would be great for this. Thanks

    • Pauline – so glad you enjoyed the article. Can’t wait to see what you create with your decorative stitches. Enjoy! And thanks for following QUILTSocial. Elaine

  6. Pam B

    Hi Elaine!!! This is great. I’ve never been a big fan of crazy work before, but this looks like fun. Thanks for the great instructions. Blessed be, hugs!!!

    • Pam – yes it’s loads of fun and a super way to try out everything on the sewing machine – fancy stitches, embroidery. Have fun and send pictures! Thanks for followign QUILTSocial! Elaine

  7. Elaine Livingston

    That looks like the kind of improvisation that I could do. I love the look.

    • Elaine – absolutely. Anyone can do this kind of stitching. Have fun and send pictures!!!! Thanks for following QUILTSocial. Elaine!

  8. Nancy Giese

    This looks like a nice, easy way to use up my scraps!

    • Nancy – it’s definitely a fun easy way to use up those scraps!!!! Send pictures!!!! And thanks for following QUILTSocial. Elaine!

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