Wednesday, March 31

Crazy Quilting Demonstration

I'm doing a little "catch-up" here so I must take you back to last Thursday...........when our Scott County Crazy Quilter's Group shared a demonstration and projects at the Shakopee Library (MN). We normally meet on the fourth Thursday of the month at the Scott County Historical Society (also in Shakopee) but this night we were asked to do a demo at the Library as part of a program series celebrating Women's History month. Grant monies provided the library the opportunity to engage quilters and needle artists to demonstrate their craft. Our group shared our love of handwork and some "hands-on" opportunities to stitch a crazy quilt block. It was a fun evening that started with a little "show and tell" exhibit that showed visitors examples of our Crazy Quilting projects.................

We have two large plastic tubs filled with fabrics, trims, threads and more that guests could rummage through and choose their own treasures to stitch into a block. I provided muslin squares for Carol, Dolly and Darlene who were joining us for the first time. With a quick demonstration of how to start a block, they were soon stitching away on their very own block. Mina is also new and happened to have her stitching in the car, so brought it in and joined us. This is the mark of a dedicated stitcher! On the far right is Lois. She rarely misses a meeting. At 95 she is still "stitching strong" although this night she was crocheting. :-)

Since our group was paid to do this demo we are looking at possibly purchasing some crazy quilting books for the reference library at the Historical Society or some other item, maybe a speaker or ........ a party! Nah, probably not, as we already sort of "party" when we are stitching together.
Laura is working on a 6 1/2" block that will be for a donation quilt project for "The*Landing" a living history site in Shakopee. Isn't that purple fabric gorgeous? We are working on blocks that will go into a quilt for the bed in the Victorian home on the site. If you are interested in crazy quilting and you live nearby and would like to join our group just e-mail me or leave a comment and I'll send you the info. Also, if you enjoy crazy quilting and would like to make a block for our project we would love to add it to our quilt project. Again, just leave a comment and an e-mail link so I can contact you.

While we started our group with crazy quilting, we sometimes do other work, too..........Delores is doing some handquilting and Carol is cross-stitching a baby blanket. The only thing you can't do at our meetings is use a sewing machine. It's all about handwork in our group. :-) That stack of crazy quilt blocks in the photo are some of the ones that will go into the quilt for The Landing project.
The thing I love about crazy quilting is that there are simply no rules at all. You stitch what you like and embellish the blocks as much or as little as you wish. We have a great time stitching together and if you want to join the fun, you are always welcome!!
There is still more quilting fun to share about the little quilt show in Belle Plaine. I'll get to that on Friday. All for now........
Sandi

6 comments:

Pat said...

How nice that your group was asked to do that demonstration. It looks like you did a good job, too!

Kathy said...

I would love to do a crazy patch block for a quilt that would be in a Victorian home. Please contact me with more information.

Crispy said...

I love events like this, I always do the hand piecing demo at our Historical Society. It's always so much fun :0)

Crispy

Fiesta said...

wow it looks like alot of fun and the blocks are beautiful.

Barbara said...

I love this post, reminds me of the crazy quilt group I go to once a month at a local quilt shop. It's a small shop and we sit around a large table in the rear of the store, order lunch in, etc. I learned how to do crazy quilting from this group, and they have also given me ideas for embellishing my bead work. It's a great bunch of ladies!

Gerry said...

I'm up for working a block. I sent you an email.

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