Friday, July 2, 2010

English Cottage Crazy Quilt Block - Beginner Basics

This is a Beginner Basics Crazy Quilt Block that I offer as a workshop and will be teaching next week. Making 35 kits took longer than creating the block! 

It's a perfect little project  for beginner silk ribbon enthusiasts. And this block is a breeze to piece. I use silk doupioni from the RibbonSmyth doupioni assortment packs. Give a seasonal block a bit of contrast by using apricot and plum fabrics together. Always a great combination and I don't often see the colors used together.

 Once the block is pieced, fuse the vintage cottage image into place. That's what I love about the RibbonSmyth fusible vintage images. Never a pucker and no time wasted stitching the image to the fabric.

A great way to use up that floss in your stash, make a tree! I've been teaching the "tree" technique for years and it's an enhancement to the cottage image by continuing the landscape. Add silk ribbon French knots to the foreground for dimension.

 Add a bit of RibbonSmyth leaf garland and sprinkle Silk French knots and gold beads among the garland. Did you know in New York the garland sells for $7.50 at  a popular trim store? We sell it for $1.75 a yard. You can embellish quite a few pieces with a yard of leaf garland.

Add a few more simple silk ribbon blooms and a glass butterfly for added dimension. The Czech luster glass butterflys are 6 pieces for 99 cents.

Turn this piece into a block for a wall-hanging and use a different cottage image for each block. The 9"x9" block will be a small cushion complete with fringe. A great shabby chic statement for a guest bed or a small love seat. I will add the finished cushion once I can make up my mind on which fringe to use!

7 comments:

Jodaeodesign said...

Just lovely.

Vickie said...

Thank you for your note! The block was fun to do!

Bellesanbeaus said...

Just found your site and shop.....I am in heaven! Off to nose around for a while....can't get enough eye-candy. Maybe some day I will work up the courage to start one of these beautiful creations...for now I will just envy yours! So glad I found you. Beth

Vickie said...

Hi Beth, Today is the day to start a "creation". You will be glad you did! I will help any way I can. Anytime you can spare to embellish, is time well-spent.

I've made many kits of this little block, for my workshop. I know I will have extra kits left. If you want one, please let me know.

dmckellips@neonaz.com said...

Vickie, I would like to purchase one of your kits for the English cottage Crazy Quilt - Beginner Basics. How much are they? I have purchased from you before and just love your store!

dmckellips@neonaz.com said...

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Bobbie K said...

Hi Vickie....

What a fun block. I am also interested in purchasing a kit...I would like to teach my daughter this beautiful art. I've been a fan for a while now and have also ordered from you before. Beautiful work!