Of all the workshops Jacquie and I taught together in April my favorite was the one that covered modern crazy piecing.
Prior to the workshop I made a new sample to use for it and for an upcoming Crazy Piecing workshop at Drygoods. I’m pretty smitten with it.
At first I scratched all the crazy piecing thinking it was too similar in value and just too soft, but I couldn’t stop messing with it and eventually I cut and added the darker valued purple ‘splinters.’ It clicked.
However, now the background seemed flat, so I started brainstorming on how to give it some dimension. I have a 5 gallon tote full of neutral scraps that I dug through, combining everything under the sun to create some ‘ghost’ crazy piecing into the background. It popped it out.
The all over quilted squares and rectangles were somewhat of a nightmare due to the thickness of the quilt with all the seams and different fabrics. It turned out ok, but in retrospect I would have liked the splinters to have some straight lines to help them stand on their own. Practice is the best teacher eh?
This improv technique and its few tricks are really fun.
Hope you all had a great fourth. I probably didn’t need that margarita on top of the beers I had during our fourth celebration so today I’m keeping life simple.
With the Northern Irish side of the family here we’re loading up tomorrow and heading out of town for the Sounders/Whitecaps game in Vancouver. Have a great weekend!