Embroidery & Patchwork Revisited

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I love the inspiration that comes from antique quilts and this book was inspired by two! I’ve always wanted to make a crazy quilt, but was intimidated by all the lace, ribbons, embroidery and apparent haphazard piecing of the foundation blocks. But I was drawn to the antique quilt that inspired the cover quilt, A Quilt to Dream Under. Family and friends helped me make this quilt and book a reality…in four fun and frantic months.

Easy peasy piecing…
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Great stash user upper…
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Basic embroidery stitches…

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Fun combinations…
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Simple motifs…

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No frills…just basic stitches and threads to complement the blocks…
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Along the way, another quilt was revisited resulting in the Fan Favorite quilt.
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This little quilt was based on an antique made up of 195 4-1/2″ finished fan blocks, each with a unique embroidered embellishment on the curves of the fan. The blocks were totally scrappy, including the black background pieces. The quilter used velvets, silks, cottons, and even wool.
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Our revisited quilt was made with all cottons, put kept the scrappy feel. And it’s a doable size…only 36 blocks.
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Each block is a mini quilt on it’s own. A great ongoing project, perfect for take along stitching.
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There’s an acrylic blade template also available for easy cutting of the fan blades.
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And there is a Valdani thread collection to make thread and color options easy.
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A charm pack makes at least 21 fans, and maybe a couple more depending on how scrappy you make the fans.
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You get 4 blades per 5″ charm, plus some 1-1/2″ mini squares. Hmmmmm, what can we do with those? Fast and ready to sew in no time.
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I would love to see what you do with these little fan blocks. Watch my website www.grahamcrackercollection.com for more setting ideas for these adorable 4-1/2″ fan blocks.

Check for this book at your local quilt shop!

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  1. Thank you Jan for the post. I truly enjoyed reading it. I just love the fan blocks you presented. I am not too crazy for a crazy quilt but the one showing is the prettiest one I have ever seen.

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