Happy New Year!!
Last week I found myself looking to stitch something just a little different with the Petal Pouch pattern. How would the pouch look with some decorative stitches, like a Victorian era crazy quilt?
Well, this is definitely my new favorite Petal Pouch! With scraps of bright, modern fabrics and equally bright 30 weight Star quilting thread, it was so much fun to make.
Here are some tips to go all cRaZy on your own project:
- I used the PQD-219 Petal Pouch pattern – except – I added the petals and the center to the Main fabric BEFORE fusing to the foam. I thought that the foam might interfere with the look of the decorative stitches.
- Use a stabilizer under your piece – I used Carol Doak’s paper piecing paper behind my stitches to prevent tunneling.
- A topstitch needle works really well in this application – I used a size Schmetz 80 topstitch.
- Test each decorative stitch before using it. Start with the original settings and then, as you are sewing make changes if desired to the width and length as you stitch it out.
- Draw a line on your test piece; this will be your seam line – practice the stitch along the seamline.
- Mix balanced stitches with designs that stitch on one side to add interest.
- Place stitches beside each other to create your own new stitches!!
- Once the stitched piece was fused to the foam, quilt using clear monofilament to outline and emphasize the main shapes.
- Use a pretty colored zipper to finish it off!
I hope this inspires you to add some cRaZy to your quilting!!
Where can you get the Petal Pouch pattern? Ask for it at your local retailer, or get it at Stina’s Quilt and Sewing Supplies, our online partner!
Keep on stitching!!