Crazy Embroidery

When I took my first crazy quilting class, I fell immediately in love.  Like most practitioners of this art form, it was the combination of different fabrics, materials, threads and needlework techniques which captured my heart.

Since that first class, my own crazy style has begun to emerge.  Increasingly, I am using a crazy quilt block as a backdrop for an embroidered story.  I'm not sure I qualify as a crazy "quilter" as I've never once made a full-size quilt...I think of myself more of an embroiderer.

Below are samples of my crazy embroidery with links to the original posts where you can find many more detailed photos and the story behind each piece.  Projects are listed from most recent to oldest:

Found on the Beach

The second block I stitched as part of the Crazy Quilt Journal Project.

You can read the original post here.  All posts pertaining to this block can be viewed here.

January Reflections 

The first block I stitched as part of the Crazy Quilt Journal Project.

You can read the original post here.  All posts pertaining to this block can be viewed here.

This block was inspired by Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote.  

You can read the original post here.  Other posts pertaining to the making of this block can be found here.

My Prayer for Sendai

This block was stitched to be included in the Hearts and Hands for Sendai project coordinated by the Crazy Quilting International Yahoo Group.

You care read the original post here.  Other posts pertaining to the making of this block can be found here.

Your Majesty

This piece was stitched using Allie Aller's Flower Maiden pattern in her book, Allie Aller's Crazy Quilting: Modern Piecing & Embellishing Techniques for Joyful Stitching.

You can read about the history and creation of this piece here and here.

The Right Alice...

Created for the DMC thread company, this piece was inspired by the book Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and the movie by same name directed by Tim Burton and released in the Spring 2009.

You can read the original post here and see all posts relating to this project here.

Tea Therapy

You can see close-up pictures here.

La Rose


Lilli said...

ADORABLE! FANTASTIC! I love it! ))) This is my favourite part of your lovely blog! Thanks to internet I was able to get to know you.

margaret said...

just spent some wonderful moments looking at your crazy blocks,very inspiring.

Gail said...

Oh. In my dreams, I aspire to have this style, creativity, and skill with my crazy/embroidery!

Elizabeth Braun said...

These really are super pieces. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't just the teensiest bit jealous of your ability (and your bead collection - mine are seed beads only really!!).

Something to aspire to, thanks for sharing!

edyB said...

These pieces are outstanding... so beautiful!

Susan Hook said...

I love all your crazy quilting and I will look forwards to following your blog

Patricia Fey said...

All I can say is WOW! I love your work. I am getting my sewing and craftroom ready for many projects this winter and I am going to try to do something like this - Mine will be much simpler but I am excited to get started. Thanks so much for sharing and being an inspiration!

Teresa said...

Oh my goodness!!! These pictures of your projects are awesome!!! I have a client who wants two sofa pillows done with crazy quilting style. I have never done anything like this! I want to learn to do beautiful embroidery like this. Plus, how do you attach those shells, etc.?

Julie said...

My goodness, we just saw your pieces at the Woodlawn Plantation exhibit yesterday! Your work is absolutely wonderful and so inspiring! We voted for you for participant favorite, although we had a tough time choosing which piece to vote for! I can't wait to see more of your work.

Annette said...

words cannot say how beautiful your work is, I think Ok Annette you are doing good, been doing this a little over a year now. This is just such great therapy for a buys word and love every second of it. I can learn so much from just looking at all of these and how much you put into every piece. Thanks for sharing it all with us. xoxo

Lauren Brelsford said...

I love your work! Do you work on commissions from private individuals. I have a project that I'd love to have you help me with. Kindest regards

Judy said...

Those blocks are so beautiful!! I love bead embroidery, but your creativeness with those blocks is too awesome!!!

Hildy Schwarz said...

Your work is so beautiful. You are a crazy quilter. I wish I had the creativeness that you do.

Jessie Newburn said...

Wow, Susan, these pieces are incredible! Hey, I want to encourage you to use #HoCoCrafts in your tweets if you ever have content that you think is relevant for that hashtag. And here's a list of a bunch of other hoco tags to use when and where they fit, ~ Jessie ;-)

cpeezers said...

Your work is absolutely incredible. Beautiful beautiful beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Your work is very beautiful....words fail me. Thank you for the priveledge of viewing it.

Eliza Ashenden said...

I was so impressed and inspired with your blog that I created my own just to start a comment first on yours! Thank you for uploading your work- very beautiful, precise, creative, Do you explain how you create some of these blocks in more detail? Thank you for sharing.

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