Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Art Quilt Entry

I’m so excited to be participating in my first ever Blogger’s Quilt Festival over at Amy’s Creative Side.

For my very first entry in this show and competition, I have chosen my Steampunk Crazy Quilt, which is my take on the traditional crazy quilt.  The quilt hangs on the wall in my living room, making me happy every time I look at it. It is the best example of my vision of art and design. I’ll warn you now that this post is VERY picture heavy.  I love all the details in this quilt, and I want to be able to share them with you.

Steampunk crazy quilt hanging on wall

The quilt started with a visit from Gloria McKinnon to my local quilt shop. She is a fabulous artist, making beautiful crazy patch designed quilts. I had made a couple variations on a crazy quilt in the past, but she pushed me to give the detail work of traditional style crazy quilting a chance.

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With Gloria’s work as inspiration, I started looking for the perfect fabric to inspire my quilt. That’s when I came across the Victorian Dream line of by Roberta Morales for Quilting Treasures. The line spoke to my love of Steampunk and was the perfect base for embellishments. I had my start.

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From there, I began pulling fabrics from my scraps and stash that matched the color theme, along with loads of embellishments from buttons and ribbons, the metal gears originally intended for scrapbooking.  I designed my quilt to have 2 block sizes, 12 and 6-inches. Each row of the quilt would have four 12-inch blocks and eight 6-inch blocks, offset from one another. I built the quilt in block sets, piecing together one of the 12-inch and two of the 6-inch blocks, adding the ribbon and lace by machine before sewing the blocks together for hand work.

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Steampunk Crazy quilt row

Steampunk Crazy Quilt

The finished quilt measures approximately 72×48-inches. I backed the quilt in a wool herringbone, and hand tied the quilt with brown yarn.

Steampunk crazy quilt detail

Steampunk crazy quilt detail

The quilt took 170+ hours to complete over a 2 month period, but I think it was completely worth it.

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steampunk crazy quilt

Thanks so much for stopping by to see my quilt! If you’d like to know more about this quilt or my process, feel free to leave a comment or question! I’d love to hear from you.

Sharing over at:
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28 Responses to Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Art Quilt Entry

  1. Paula says:

    Oh my goodness! That is absolutely gorgeous!!!! The patchwork is lovely in and of itself, but the embellishments make it a true treasure!

    • Andrea says:

      Thanks so much, Paula! I can’t wait to link this up to the quilt festival tomorrow. I’m sure that there will be much more amazing work than mine in the competition, but it’s the first time I’ve entered a quilt in anything that wasn’t the local county fair.

  2. Oh I love it, so much detail, texture and visual interest. This is the first quilt I’ve seen for the BQF and what a start!!! Fab work :D

  3. anna in spain says:

    Oh. My. Goodness. What a rich, lovely, delicious quilt!! Remember I found your blog looking for good crazy-quilt instructions, well this is living proof the technique works!! My efforts will def. sing small next to that marvel!! I never could learn to embroider, so I will have to skip that part. Unless I machine-embroider (never tried it) and I never cared for the look of standard sewing-machine embroidery. I’ll have to just enjoy the patches themselves.

    Oh dear, oh my–what a lovely quilt!! Genuflexions.

    • Andrea says:

      Remember that ribbons and lace can do a lot by themselves. If you incorporate some of them, I think you will be really pleased with the look. And most of my embroidery is VERY simple, things like X’s and blanket stitches. You can totally do that, if you have some time to sit with the quilt on your lap. Either way, though, I’m sure that your crazy quilt will look amazing.

  4. carla bynum says:

    Hi!!!! Your quilt if wonderful!!!! All the work and detail are beautiful!!!!

  5. CitricSugar says:

    Beautiful workmanship! It reminds me of a old gypsy caravan.

  6. Kim says:

    Gorgeous! Truly lovely and so many wonderful details. Definitely worth the many hours you spent working on it!

  7. Sally says:

    An honest to God crazy quilt. It’s magnificent! What wonderful work.

  8. Vickie says:

    Your quilt is wonderful with such rich colors and many hours put into it.

  9. Teje says:

    Hi Andrea! Your quilt is amazing! It’s very Special and artistic and I can imagine how much you have enjoyed making it! x Teje

  10. Wow! Wow! Wow!! Holy smokes this quilt is gorgeous!! Definitely worth the work :)

  11. Laura B says:

    What an awesome quilt! I love it. Someday I want to do a crazy quilt as well.

  12. What an incredible “crazy good” quilt! Love, love, love all the close up photos. Really gives you a chance to appreciate all the little details that have gone into this amazing piece. Tied with yarn was a good call. How else could this have been quilted? Good luck in the festival, Andrea. It’s a winner!

    • Andrea says:

      Thanks so much Lorna! I tried to send it to a longarm quilter to be tacked, but no one I could find was willing to take it. They were afraid of hurting their machines.

  13. Oh Andrea, this is truly the funniest crazy quilt I’ve seen! I love that it hangs in your livingroom and that it has so many memories. This was the perfect post to rejuvenate under our Tuesday Archive Crazy Quilt theme!! THANKS!!!

  14. This is lovely. I am inspired to try to make a small wall hanging using much of my ribbon, lace, etc. that I have collected for many years. Thanks.

    • Andrea says:

      I’m so glad that my work could be an inspiration to someone else. Working with embellishments always makes for a beautiful project.

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