Modern Crazy Quilt

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I’ve been working on another crazy quilt for the last few weeks, and am super excited to say that the top is done.   After the first one I said I’d never make another because it takes so long to put together, and can sometimes be really frustrating.  However, when my box of scraps got full I couldn’t think of a better use for them than to make another of these quilts.

One thing I was smart about with this quilt, was that I made it much smaller than the last one.  At least the part that was crazy quilted.  My first crazy quilt was a total of 86″x86″, and had a center section that was 44″x84″.  Yes it was that ridiculously huge.

crazy quilt with quilting

My new quilt will be much smaller, comparatively speaking.  It will finish somewhere around 54″x76″, with the crazy quilting being in one large 35″x54″ section.  The rest of it is completely solid yardage.

crazy quilt plan

I made a plan for the placement of the solid yardage after I finished the quilted section.  And yes, I put a photo of the completed section in it.  I think it made it a lot easier to visualize the finished product.

crazy quilt number 2

I actually originally planned for the quilt to just be what became the center section, but I happened to watch an episode of Fons and Porter’s Love of  Quilting which featured this great modern quilt and it reminded me that I could make something thoroughly modern too.

This was of course, a much more structured quilt, but what can I say?  I never did like structure.  Now, to decide how to have this one quilted.  I know I need to send it out because of it’s size.  That’s a total of 3 quilt tops that need to go.  I’m sure my quilter will be thrilled.  I’m thinking this one should have a very organic design in the crazy quilted section, and something more linear/structured in the solid areas. How do you think it should be quilted?

crazy quilt detail

crazy quilt detail

finish quilt top

finished crazy quilt top

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