It all started with a visit to the Western Development Museum in Saskatoon with my sister, Karen, 2 years ago. There was an antique crazy quilt on display, and Karen said how much she'd always wanted to make a crazy quilt. The quilt was similar to this one, taken from the book Mennonite Quilts and Pieces by Judy Schroeder Tomlonson:
Our frugal ancestors were able to use every scrap of fabric in this type of quilt, and injected a bit of their own personality with the embroidery embellishments. The quilts were often a mixture of velvets and satins and wools as nothing went to waste.
Fast forward a few months, and I was looking for a quilting project that required handwork. I do most of my quilting by machine, so needed something to work on at my quilting group's monthly meetings. I decided to start a crazy quilt of my own, in the tradition of my ancestry, using a lot of fabrics that you wouldn't normally find in a quilt. I'm piecing the scraps to a foundation fabric by machine, then adding the embroidery. I'm not very far along, as I don't work on it much outside of my quilting group. Here's the start of mine, I still plan on adding a lot more embroidery to it to liven it up:
At the same time, Karen has done some crazy quilting of her own. She made this needlecase and scissor case for our other sister for a Christmas gift this past year:
She used wonderfully bright fabrics and went crazy with the embroidery. Isn't it great to have a big sister to inspire you? And isn't Donna the lucky one?