For awhile now I’ve been thinking of how I could do some crazy piecing and quilting, but in a more modern way, taking advantage of some of the neat tools the Victorian ladies did not have at their disposal – like cutting templates and rotary cutters and sewing machine with lots of and lots of built-in decorative stitches. When Renaissance Ribbons sent me a few small pieces of their new Tula Pink ribbons, I was inspired to get a little crazy….in a modern way!
Tula’s ribbons are fun and colorful and coordinate beautifully with her Free Spirit Birds & Bees fabrics. Since I wanted to keep this block fast and easy, I got started with my EZ Quilting Simply Crazy tool. Love this little template!
Following the instructions with the tool, I cut out the center patch. I placed it on a square of stabilizer and added a length of Blue Squirrel ribbon.
Then is was time to sew a few rows of decorative machine stitching. I have so many of these pretty stitches on my machine but I never use them so it was fun to look through them all and select a few to add.
Once the center patch was stitched, I added a row of random patches around it.
The second row around I added more ribbons and stitches along with the fabrics.
Just a few more patches to finish out the corners, and my block was finished. Now I can’t wait to make an entire quilt with my modern crazy ribbon patchwork blocks.
Looks great…not really too crazy!!
Thanks, Lucy. Just you wait…I can get a lot crazier!
This is absolutely beautiful! -Jamie
Those squirrels in the center are darling!
Thanks! Gotta love those Tula Pink ribbons.
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