Crazy Quilt By Andrea Poulimenos-Bishop and Margaret Okuley
I was trying to come up with segments for the TV show America Quilts Creatively. I thought I ought to do one on foundation patterns and Crazy quilts were a natural for that technique. I found that 7.5″ blocks fit great on 8.5″ x 11″ paper, so that’s how big I made all 9 blocks in the center. The wall hanging was fun to design. I drew some quilting stencils in long lines and set them over the seams to simulate the embellishments. When I was ready to sew, I printed all the patterns on to EQ Printables Foundation sheets and foundation pieced the blocks in fun vibrant colors. I left the foundation sheets in the blocks (and didn’t tear them out) so that they would work as a stabilizer for the stitches and embellishment. I passed the blocks off to Margaret Okuley in our office and she stitched the blocks together and added borders and backing for me so I could move on to planning other episodes.