Stained Glass/Crazy Quilt

Artquiltmaker has posts a creative prompt each week. A recent post was “glass” and my first thought – “stained glass.” From there my mind went to a crazy quilt pattern, to a quilted whole-cloth piece. This is just practice piece based off of my original drawing getting ready for the Oct – Dec Quilt-It Challenge which is a whole cloth quilt project.

Here are my sketches of a Stained Glass/Crazy Quilt block:
DSCN4547 (402x640)_wmHere is the first block:

DSCN4555 (640x598) web_wm

This is actually only 1/4 of a larger muslin quilt sandwich. Each block is 8.5 inches square and I measured out the division for each block area the same. I had high hopes of getting all 4 squares done, but the quilting was pretty intense in some places so I was ready be done after I finished this section.

Here are some close up photos:

DSCN4558 (640x480)

DSCN4557 web_wm DSCN4564 web_wmDSCN4556 web_wm

It gives me time to consider other possibilities for the other areas. Do I use different colored thread or a different weight thread (I used Auriful 50wt which I love)? Quilt each section the same of choose other designs, or do a variation of the first block?

One thing that I have noticed. My quilting is getting better. My stitch length is more consistent.  My traveling is spot on a high percentage of the time. My free motion straight lines are straighter. Starting out, it feels as though you will never get there and while I have improved, I really noticed just how much as I was quilting this.

I am linking up with Leah Day’s Free Motion Quilting Project. That is one of the places to visit if you haven’t already if you want to see amazing work.

So what would you do in the remaining sections? Different thread? Designs? Both?

Enjoy the Journey, Jackie

  • Susan Owenby

    Beautiful! I love stained glass and have a project in the hopper I’m so looking forward to. Why can’t that hopper get more empty??

    I think you should go with what you feel.. I love white on white, but could see some color added for the glass effect. Either way will win. 🙂

    • Jackie

      Thank you Susan. I really like your idea of trying different colors so that is what the next section will be.

      Jackie Berdych
      Sew Excited
      Facebook: Sew Excited Quilts

  • Wow! Your quilting is great! What a super way to practice. I love the stained glass idea. I would advise using different designs for the other areas. Gives you a feel for what designs you are more comfortable with.

    • Jackie

      Thank you Lorna, I am having so much fun. My mind already has other ideas swimming in my head.

      Jackie Berdych
      Sew Excited
      Facebook: Sew Excited Quilts

  • Lizzie Lenard

    Hello Jackie,

    Wonderful quilting, the white on white looks really clean and fresh. I’m all for trying out lots of different designs. It is a great wa y to come up with more ideas.


  • Daphne Lewis

    Beautifully done quilting!

  • Karee

    Go for it! Clever idea for developing skills. Bravo!

  • Boo Chura

    I have learned so much from Leah Day, and appreciate all the time she puts into sharing.