Crazy Women quilt by Tenar

Summary

Category:
Quilting
Pattern:
Status:
Complete
Started:
2010-10-01T00:00:00Z
Finished:
2012-04-30T00:00:00Z
Tutorial:
None

Description

I joined in an international block swap the other year, and wanted to try crazy quilted pieces for the blocks coming to me. We decided to theme the quilt around female sexuality, which shows up partly in the very stylised shapes used for the blocks (although some turned out to be more realistic than others!), partly in the colours used, and partly in the quilting motifs. The charity chosen, Forward UK, works to advance and safeguard the sexual and reproductive health of women and girls in Africa, so this was an appropriate theme. I called it Crazy Women as it's themed around women and it uses crazy piecing for the blocks. The title also challenges the traditional links made between female sexuality and mental illness.

When the blocks turned up, most of them were the sort of thing I'd envisaged, but a few quilters had gone for a slightly different approach. One fairly large block had much less contrast going on, and while the pattern fitted with the rest of the blocks, the low contrast didn't. That block became a matching cushion to go with the sofa quilt, which worked out beautifully. Another block had crazy quilting in the background and a big heart/vulva motif in the middle. That block became the heart of the quilt, and ended up inspiring a lot of the quilting motifs. A third block abandoned the crazy quilting idea in favour of a more literal approach, using a pixelated pattern. I turned that block into a wall hanging, and while the sofa quilt and cushion were intended to be used for fundraising, the wall hanging has gone to hang on the wall in the charity's offices.

The Yoni Quilt Art Challenge was a valuable source of inspiration when designing.

Pictures

Loves

Juline

Comments

True

Wow what a story behind these blocks and what gorgeous finished products! Love it all and all thought that went into it...great cause:-)

Clairealex

You made excellent use of the blocks swapped.

Juline

Beautiful project, in its meaning and execution.

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