Hi Quilting Friends,
We’re celebrating “National Quilting Day” today, along with our friend Marian from Seams to be Sew, and several other participating bloggers. Whether you’re new to quilting or a seasoned quilter, you’re probably qwazy about quilting too! Thanks, Marian, for hosting this fun blog hop. We’re looking forward to seeing all of the “qwazy quilting” projects again this year.
While I was thinking about what on earth I would write for the Quilt Qwazy Queens blog hop, I took the opportunity to look up the definition of crazy. According to Merriam-Webster, it could mean any or all of the following:
- Full of cracks or flaws
- Not mentally sound, marked by thought or action that lacks reason
- Impractical or erratic
- Being out of the ordinary
- Distracted with desire or excitement
- Absurdly infatuated
- Passionately preoccupied.
Wow! Let that sink in for a minute or two. I think that we, as quilters, are nailed dead to rights on most of these possible definitions!
- My logic is flawed when I see that perfect piece of fabric; I simply MUST have it.
- I never apply reason as to why I want it or even what use I have for the fabric that I am crazy about.
- I don’t ponder where I will place this new purchase in my studio, or even consider which other fabrics in my stash will coordinate with it. I guess that makes me impractical or erratic.
- As a quilter, I am out of the ordinary. So unique that I see quilt pattern ideas rather than just flooring in the tile work while visiting the lady’s room stall in my favorite restaurant or almost anywhere. Raise your hand if you do this too.
- Yup, I do get distracted with desire or excitement when I have all the pieces for that newest creation. I don’t want to work on anything else, I just want to have fun with my new fabric.
- Absurdly infatuated? I want more than life itself to “spend time” with my new fabric. I want to fondle it, love it and then CUT it! Wait what?
- Whether it is my new fabric or the last 100 pieces of fabric that I purchased, my thoughts are never far away from the love of my life! Quilting!!! (Sorry sweetie, I didn’t mean that you are not as important as my stash!)
My qwazy project is a king-sized quilt for our bed! I decided that 15″ blocks would be about the right size and I love, love, love the Kansas Troubles fabrics and color ways. I decided that I need 25 blocks plus 24 offset blocks to make the entire quilt. The offset block that I chose was Wild Goose Chase, set straight and not on the diagonal as you would normally see it.
I wanted my quilt to look scrappy, so each of the five blocks that surround my Wild Goose Chase blocks have different colored backgrounds (ranging from white to ecru) and each set of flying geese have different fabrics for each of the four colors (gold, red, blue and green). Here is one of my Circling Geese blocks for the quilt; isn’t it fun! I only needed 5 of them for my finished quilt:
I’d love to show you more of my blocks (there are four more block designs, five of each), but suffice it to say that I am qwazily working on them to get the quilt together. I have all of the blocks finished and about half of the offset blocks are finished, but I still have lots of flying geese to create. This is one of my 2019 goals, so I am really hoping to pull it all together and have it on our bed by the end of the year. I’ll post updates as the year progresses, so check back again in a few months to see more of my qwazy project.
If you truly want to know how qwazy I am, bear in mind that while I am working on this project, I have around 16 additional projects, both large and small, in progress for our design business. We have lots of new designs and plenty more qwazy ideas that will last us well into 2020!
Since we’re on the topic of being qwazy, let’s listen to Patsy Cline. She really had an amazing voice! Do you think my pieces of unused fabric would dedicate this song to me?
Here are some great quotes for all us Quilt Qwazy Queens:
“You can’t be old and wise, if you were never young and crazy.” (Chris Brown)
“Be crazy, be weird, don’t be afraid of what anybody thinks!” (Anonymous)
“It’s never any fun being normal, and besides … all the best people are crazy.” (Anonymous)
Here’s to all of you and your passion for quilting! Feel free to be a little bit qwazy like me! Don’t forget to visit the rest of the participating blogs during the hop, and register to win a prize!
Susan, Ms. P. Designs USA
Giveaway time! Two $35 value gift certificates have been generously provided by The Fat Quarter Shop. Entries begin on March 15, 2019 and end on March 20, 2019. Winners will be announced on March 21, 2019. See complete giveaway guidelines and rules here.
Here’s the blog hop schedule: