Wednesday, May 15, 2013

My Crazy Quilt Fabric Book

I posted a picture of my completed Secret Language of Flowers Crazy Quilt Fabric Book on Face Book the other day and some of you were asking for more pictures, so here goes!  I have this killer camera, but the thing is, I don't really know how to use it that well.  I find I can take the best pictures of my quilts and projects in natural sunlight, so my fabric book and I took a trip outside.  I have always been fascinated by the way the Victorian's expressed their feelings to one another by the types of flowers that they gave to one another.  This tradition also transferred to their crazy quilts.  Many books in that time period were written about the topic of the Secret Language of Flowers and many of them didn't even agree on what emotion each flower should represent.  Hopefully both the giver and reciever were using the same book so there was no miscommunications!

I started with a 6 1/2 inch square and did a pansy block just because I love the colors and then it progressed from there.  I ended up with 12 crazy quilt blocks and about 1/2 way through the process I had decided to make them into a fabric book.  I then stewed about how to make my fabric book for quite some time....and then I wrote a book with Allie Aller and didn't have time to think about it!

I ended up putting two pages wrong sides together and binding them.  I tried to group the pages so that the same colored binding would work for the two pages involved.

I then crazy pieced a cover that would be large enough to hold all 12 of them as pages in a book.

I hand sewed the pages into the "spine" of the book.

Having just a little fun with the pictures, I made one of them look sepia......

Anyway, that is my adventure with my crazy quilt fabric book and I really pretty pleased with it!

Talk to you later,