But it happened, and I am thrilled beyond measure. Here is the story....
"Crazy Dresdens" began last fall, when I wanted to have some blocks to demo on in the Wonderfil booth at Quilt Market. They make such superb threads. I especially love their #12, Spagetti, for combining machine and hand stitching. Their #8 rayon threads, Razzle and Dazzle, are great for adding extra handwork with lots of glimmery style.
Because I would be showing how you can use their thread in both the machine and with handwork, I had to have some blocks ready.
My goal was to include some crazy quilt elements--decorated seams, "random" selection of stitches, threads, and colors (though nothing is really random in my world)--but keep a fresh and simple affect and lay-out.
Here's a detail of a mostly stitched up block.
That line of stitching that looks like quilting is actually a running stitch. I machine quilted on either side of it later in invisible thread to make it pop up.
AccuQuilt Go circle die added to my enjoyment, believe me.
I chose a wool batting for it because A) I wanted this to be a warm couch quilt and I love how wool batting just radiates a nice warm glow and B) I wanted the quilting to be very dimensional, to show off that handstitching.
My Sweet Sixteen made the quilting really enjoyable too. What a blessing it is to have great tools.
Here's a quilting detail.
To see how the rick rack binding was done, you will have to buy the magazine! ;-)
My thanks to Carol Zentgraf, my editor, and Vicki Case Anderson, the owner of Meander Publishing, for giving me the opportunity to write for them. I loved every second of this project.
Well, obviously I haven't blogged in awhile. I am working full bore on my book for C & T, and it is Top Secret! All I can say is it is not crazy quilting!
It is very hard for me not to share my work, but I want you to know that I am fully documenting everything as I go, and will have an extensive "behind the scenes" look, like this blog post, after the book comes out.
Meanwhile, I am posting away on Facebook under Allison Aller--friend me! And I'm on Instagram too, under alliealler. Lots of garden posts these days...