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Patch of Fabric Fantasy

Collect a variety of fabrics and piece together a variety of shapes — squares, rectangles, strips, triangles — into a small crazy quilt, approximately 12×15 inches in size. Using a piece of muslin, back quilt square. With a wide variety of embroidery stitches, outline the seams in different colors of floss. If you have access to a sewing machine, you can do the embroidery work on your machine.

Applique a piece of material as a focal piece, using fusible webbing. Try a straight forward design such as a house, heart, bird or star. Or be adventurous and use any shape you want. Finish edge with a machine zig-zag stitch or hand embroidery stitch. Optionally, glue a lightweight mirror to the center or use a fabric transfer of a photograph, preferably using a copy of a vintage photo.

Use embellishments such as buttons, fabric flowers, beads, jewels or metal squares, to either fill in several shapes or the center piece.

Attach three ribbons, all different sizes and colors, in rows at the bottom of the quilt by tacking on each side, leaving top and bottoms of ribbons loose for now. Using a variety of ribbon, fiber or narrow strips of material, weave these into the horizontal ribbons, letting about 3 inches hang from bottom and filling entire bottom edge. Sew around edges of original ribbons to secure or sew overlapping ribbons to quilt using buttons. Other options are to adhere jewels or beads to the ends of the ribbons, add charms or make a fringe.

You can edge with Lumiere metallic paint on all sides except for the bottom if desired. Apply ribbon or fiber for the hanger, attaching it to the top corners or attach a loop to back.

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