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nan turns 103

Today I wish my Nana a very happy 103rd birthday! (July 3, 2015) This occasion calls for a very special card, and inspiration struck early one morning. I’ve always loved crazy quilts, and have wanted to make one for years. What better time to learn how than on a card for Nan?

First, I selected five fabrics from my stash (I won’t say how long they have been there!)

making a crazy quilt card ~ by the artful acorn

 

Then I selected an envelope from another stash and cut a 5 1/2″ x 8″ card out of Domtar 110lb cardstock to fit.

making a crazy quilt card ~ by the artful acorn

 

Since I had five fabrics, I drew four lines on a 5 1/2″ x 8″ piece of paper to make five shapes.

making a crazy quilt card ~ by the artful acorn

 

Before cutting up my template I copied the drawing. This came in handy as a placement guide later. (Now where are my good paper scissors?!)

making a crazy quilt card ~ by the artful acorn

 

I arranged the fabric the order I found pleasing.

making a crazy quilt card ~ by the artful acorn

 

Then I cut out the pieces with a large seam allowance.

making a crazy quilt card ~ by the artful acorn

 

Now for a foundation piece out of muslin with a 1″ border.

making a crazy quilt card ~ by the artful acorn

 

Once that was cut I marked the outline of the card onto the muslin.

making a crazy quilt card ~ by the artful acorn

 

Using my guide and the template piece, I positioned the centre piece of fabric onto the foundation, and lined up second template piece.

making a crazy quilt card ~ by the artful acorn

 

I laid the yellow piece of fabric face down so that the stitching line would line up with the edge of the centre piece.

making a crazy quilt card ~ by the artful acorn

 

Pinned and being stitched.

making a crazy quilt card ~ by the artful acorn

 

Trimmed.

making a crazy quilt card ~ by the artful acorn

 

Pressed flat. Now both pieces are anchored to the foundation.

making a crazy quilt card ~ by the artful acorn

 

Picking out the stitching when I realizing I should have put the burgundy piece on at the bottom before putting the yellow piece on the side!

making a crazy quilt card ~ by the artful acorn

 

Placing the burgundy piece.

making a crazy quilt card ~ by the artful acorn

 

Flipping the burgundy piece to lay face down over the centre piece for stitching along the edge of the template.

making a crazy quilt card ~ by the artful acorn

 

Pinned for stitching.

making a crazy quilt card ~ by the artful acorn

 

Trimmed.

making a crazy quilt card ~ by the artful acorn

 

Pressed.

making a crazy quilt card ~ by the artful acorn

 

Restitching the yellow piece.

making a crazy quilt card ~ by the artful acorn

 

Setting up placement of the rosy piece.

making a crazy quilt card ~ by the artful acorn

 

Positioned for stitching.

making a crazy quilt card ~ by the artful acorn

 

Rosy piece stitched and pressed, and the last template piece lined up.

making a crazy quilt card ~ by the artful acorn

 

Green piece positioned. Oops! The burgundy piece should have overlapped the green.

making a crazy quilt card ~ by the artful acorn

 

The burgundy partly un-stitched so the green could be stitched down.

making a crazy quilt card ~ by the artful acorn

 

Stitching the burgundy down over the green.

making a crazy quilt card ~ by the artful acorn

 

Trimming the 1″ border off the quilt block.

making a crazy quilt card ~ by the artful acorn

making a crazy quilt card ~ by the artful acorn

making a crazy quilt card ~ by the artful acorn

making a crazy quilt card ~ by the artful acorn

 

The backside.

making a crazy quilt card ~ by the artful acorn

 

Using my ATG (adhesive transfer gun) to adhere the edges since they would not be enclosed in a seam.

making a crazy quilt card ~ by the artful acorn

 

Ready for embroidery! I just realized I should have trimmed the burgundy where it under laid the yellow. Oh well!

making a crazy quilt card ~ by the artful acorn

 

With a time constraint to get the card into the mail that afternoon, I didn’t take time to photograph the process of embroidering the piece, but it was fun. I learned five new embroidery stitches: feather, elongated feather, french knot, rosette chain stitch and fly stitch. I also used the chain, tacked herringbone and blanket stitches. I attached the quilt block to the cardstock using the ATG.

If I had had a few more hours I would have done more embroidery and added some bead work, but to get the card to Ontario within the week I could delay mailing it no longer.

making a crazy quilt card ~ by the artful acorn

 

Crazy quilts were popular in the late 1800’s, up till the early 1900’s. Nan was born in 1912, so I thought the crazy quilt would be perfect to commemorate her 103rd birthday!

making a crazy quilt card ~ by the artful acorn

 

 

 

 

 

 

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