What Are You Stitching?

15th April 2022

Crazy patchwork is a technique that allows the stitcher almost complete freedom. You can use whatever fabrics you have to hand, in any shape and then you have the joy of embellishing it with the threads you love in whatever stitches you like. It’s a technique that isn’t just liberating and creative but a whole lot of fun too. Here are a few readers who have created crazy patchwork projects that are great examples of how glorious this technique can be.

Anita Curley

‘I’ve been admiring the various boxes that have been published in previous magazines and newsletters, so decided to share some of the ones I’ve stitched over the years.’

‘These are all crazy quilted and as well as doing the embroidery, I also constructed the boxes. I loved stitching them.’

They’re all so colourful and creative, Anita. Thank you so much for sharing them with us – they’re just lovely to look at.

Jane Masenas

‘I designed this series of climate change crazy quilts to inspire people to think about the world’s climate change problem and the part we can play in helping to solve it.’

‘The first quilt is called ‘Our Beautiful World’.’

‘The second I have entitled ‘Time is Running Out’. The third quilt is called ‘Care’.’

You really took our breath away with these fantastic quilts, Jane. They have been beautifully thought out and even more beautifully put together. You should be incredibly proud of the work you’ve put in and the important message you’ve conveyed.

Lucy Byford

‘During lockdown I spent a lot of time thinking of ways to use up those tiny scraps of materials left over from other projects, as well as upcycling fabric, buttons and other things.’

These little hearts are wonderful, Lucy! What a great use of leftover materials.

Do you love the creative freedom of crazy patchwork? Or is there another technique that gives you the same kind of creative pleasure? Do you love being able to pick and choose your materials and colours? Or do you prefer to follow a pattern, knowing that the result you end up with will be perfect?

Whatever it is you like to stitch, we’d like to see it. Send us a picture of your work along with a bit of information about the project and your stitching journey to news@inspirationsstudios.com

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