Crazy Quilting the Modern Way

Crazy Quilting the Modern Way


Welcome to SewVeryEasy, my name is Laura. And it is not uncommon nowadays for machines to have a lot of built-in stitches. Mine has over a thousand built-in stitches. And wouldn’t it be nice if we had a project where we could use all those stitches or at least a good portion of those stitches. Well, I have the project for that and it is going to be a fan quilt and we are going to be able to use a lot of those different stitches. Now if you do not want to use the stitches, well, this is still a great project to use and I’m going to show you some quick techniques to make this fan go together a whole lot faster. With or without stitches, it’s a fun project to make. Now this fabric line is from Timeless Treasures. It’s called Tribeca Gabriela, and what I like about it is the colors are all soft. So I’m going to have the thread do all the work. And I’ve chosen thread that’s a little bit darker than the fabric because I do want the thread to show. And I’m going to use a variety of thread. And for the background fabric I’m going to use a nice crisp white. I have pressed all of my fat quarters. And I’ve actually doubled starched them which means I’ve pressed and starched on one side, pressed and starched on the other side. Because you’re going to be sewing along a bias, the starch will help. To get the most out of the fat quarter, which is usually 15″ by 21″–22″, we’re going to square up the edges and then we’re going to cut 3¼” pieces. So this is the 15″ going this way and then we’re going to cut them down to 8″. So we’re going to have 3¼” by 8″ pieces. Each piece is going to give you two parts of the fan blade. And in order to do that you are going to need to cut from one corner all the way down to the next corner. And do all of your piles. And there you have all your sweet little fan blades. And when you match them up the triangles are the same size. We’re going to make a quarter of the block at a time and each quarter is going to have four fan blades in it. Take your stock to the machine and just take the top two pieces, match the right sides together, and match the bottom—but start sewing from the top. And you’re going to notice that the tops don’t match. Just take a quarter inch and stitch all the way down right off of that point. And when you open it up you’re going to notice that you have this piece at the top and that’s okay because y ou’re going to trim it off later. And when you get all your two units together, take them to the iron and press the seams open and flat. So you will have all of your seams flat. The next is you’re going to sew two of the two units together. Just match up the bottom so that it looks close. Match up the one edge and stitch again down a quarter inch. And when that seam is done, press that seam open and flat. And when they’re all sewn together and the seams are pressed flat, we need to take them and curve them so that they become a curved fan. Now in the description I have a template and this template has these two curves in it. So this is going to be able to do two fans And you can either use this as a template and trace it or, if you’re able to print out on your stabilizer, you’ll be able to just put this right in the printer. Now I would recommend getting a stabilizer that is water-soluble, which means after you use this as your stabilizer, when you put it in water it actually disappears, so it’ll keep the fabric nice and soft. So take the shape of the fan and just cut it out roughly because you’re going to need a bit of a seam allowance. So now I have the piece cut out and I have two marks and those are going to be the center marks. And you’re going to be able to line the marks up with that center seam. So have the fan rightside-up and take the stabilizer and just match the seams. You’re going to want a little bit of the stabilizer hanging out on the sides here and you will be able to stitch right along this line. Now trim a quarter inch all the way along that edge. Now you’re going to be able to turn this rightside-out. And push your fingers along that edge, and it’s going to make a nice crease. So now you have a nice curve, and you still have the back stabilized. Now take this to the iron and press it very flat. And now that all the fans are stabilized, we need to put them on the background fabric. The background fabric is a 7½” square. And we’re going to place the fan in the corner, and you can leave a little space because you’re going to trim this down after. And just put a few pins to hold them together. Now comes the fun part. My Bernina machine comes with lots of different stitches. I have practical stitches, I have built-in decorative stitches, and I have built-in quilting stitches. Now I’m going to be able to embroider all of my fan seams. And I have four seams and each one of those seams will have a decorative stitch but none of the stitches are going to match. So I’m going to start with the first stitch on the machine and I’m going to stitch from the top and go right off to the bottom. Keeping the same color on, I’m going to change to the next stitch and do another one. I’m not going to do the same row; I’m going to just alter so that they’re not all going to be the same, and then when I’ve done a dozen or so of the one color, I’m going to go to another color and I’m going to continue. So each line will have a different stitch, and if you don’t have enough stitches, start from one again and continue to go through. I would recommend putting on a topstitch needle. I’m going to use a 90/14. You’re going to be going through a lot of layers so it’s good to have a nice new sharp needle. I’d recommend starting right at the top of the fan and going right off at the end. You are going to be able to continue changing your stitches and changing the thread as you go along. Eventually you’re going to have all of the fans embroidered, and as you go along you will be able to stitch that top curve. Put a bit of stabilizer in the back because you’re going from a thick fabric to a thin fabric. Then you’re going to be able to just tear that off after. Now halfway through I would recommend give your machine a little bit of a dust and you could even change the needle. Because that needle has done a lot of work, it wouldn’t hurt to give it a change. And out of nine fat quarters you were able to get forty‑two of these adorable little fan blocks. Now if you did the three rows of stitching down the center, in the one row here you would have used up a hundred and sixty-eight different stitches on your machine. Now we need to trim these down. The first thing before you trim them is to make sure that they’re pressed very well. Press them from both sides and make sure there’s no wrinkles, that they’re nice and flat. To help square them up I have a template in the description and it is the corner that is going to be cut off. There is a mark right down the center and that mark is going to line up with that center seam. Take your template and tape it onto the back of a ruler. And by having that on the back of the ruler you’re going to be able to match up that curve. Match up the curve to the curve in that paper behind the template, matching up that center seam all the way down. And you will be able to trim off the extra. And when that corner has been trimmed down you’re going to be able to use that edge and square up this edge at 6½”. So you can turn your ruler, find your 6½” mark and trim off all the extra. So you now have a perfect 6½” fan block. There are many ways to sew them together. You can sew them in the circle, you can sew them together every other way, and the larger you go the more designs you can make, so have fun and design a interesting quilt. Now you will be able to get six blocks in a row and you’re going to be able to get seven rows. No matter how you put it together it is a very pretty quilt and you can always rinse out that water-soluble stabilizer before you square them up, and it’s going to make the fabric very soft so you can sew it together and not have any problems. But having all of these fancy stitches kind of makes it look like a crazy quilt. And I’ve been able to use up a hundred and sixty eight stitches. Now if I want to use up more, I could continue the stitches in between all of the different layers, and that’s going to be able to use up a whole pile more. Okay, so I wasn’t able to use all of the stitches on my machine unless I did a bigger quilt. That might have to be for another day. Regardless if you do the stitching or not, it is a very pretty crazy fan quilt. Thank you for joining me today on SewVeryEasy. Feel free to subscribe and, as always, come on back. Let’s see what we’re sewing next time
in the sewing room. Bye for now!

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100 thoughts on “Crazy Quilting the Modern Way”

  • I love this Laura!! Looks easy and is soo beautiful!! The projects you could use these squares for is endless. Thank you for a great tutorial!! 😀

  • Another beautiful project. I love the way you use the template to help trim the fan blocks. Genius! Fair warning, I will be stealing that idea…

  • Wow! These fabrics have my granddaughter's name written all over them! This is such a lovely, happy quilt, Laura 🙂 I think it's my favorite of all the quilts you've presented to us! Thank you so much for sharing yet another helpful and inspiring project!

  • Such beautiful quilt Laura.would u recommend trimming the back of the quarter circle to reduce the bulk? or just keep it?

  • I love your teaching style😍. Thank you
    for sharing your talent and skill with us all. This idea is fabulous🤗!!! Playing with the layouts looks fun too!

  • Who knew, what a great idea I will be using that tip along with the many other tips you have given us on Tuesday's Tips

  • This was a great video. You put much time in this and made it easy for us! Thank you. You are an excellent teacher.

  • Beautiful !
    Had thought crazy quilts were all wild, big and small, very random (and very time consuming) but now I see how it can be so much easuer.
    Thank you so mych. I've been working on a crazy quilt over 2 years & it has gotten to be a chore, more than fun.
    Wish I had seen your channel long ago!

  • I love watching your videos, you show and explain things so clearly. I have made many things but never a quilt but having watched the video I might give it a try. I am so new to quilt making I have a question that may seem daft so I apologise but the finished quilt in the video do you have to do anything to the edges and do you have to attach it to somthing as it will be thin to touch n feel, do hope you can understand what i trying to say. Thank you😀

  • I never thought to sew that way. I really enjoyed your directions. I enjoy quilting and sewing I have done many items and sold them and people like the items when they are totally different. thanks Blanche

  • Laura, I love your tutorials, you have a natural way of communicating the instructions. I just discovered them this morning, watching your wedge pillow tutorial. I do find myself rushing to the end to see the final result, would it be possible to show that at the beginning so I would have an idea of the end result while I'm following the directions?

  • Could you not just use the fan as an Applique piece instead of using the Stabilizer and turning the curnved edge? Using an applique stitch on the curved seam–

  • Laura…..what a beautiful quilt, I love watching your video's, you make everything look so easy, sending best wishes & love to you from across the pond x

  • Thanks for your kindness to make a creative fan quilt .

  • Laura….I must say God bless your hands…..I love it ,very impressive…. just love watching your video's,YOU MAKE ME WANT TO SEW…LOL

  • Laura, I have to say I have always thought the fan quilt was beautiful but looked hard to complete. Love the way you make this look simple to accomplish! What are the dimensions of this quilt & how much fabric is needed to complete this beautiful quilt? Love the idea to use so many fancy stitches!! Thank you 😀

  • beautiful! I'm new at quilting, and just found your channel, and really like how you explain the process in such an easy way! look forward to learn more from you! thanks☺

  • Love this quilt. It will help me to showcase the 230 different stitches I have on my machine. So put this in the must do list. Thanks

  • Fantastic tutorial, this is the first time that I've ever seen this. I must put this on my 'to do list'. 🙂

  • Laura I so love this! I'm a tad confused as to a supply list. You show 7 FQ but you mention 9. Am I just missing a link for fabric requirements etc? Dying to try this…just needed a clarification.

  • I love all of ur work and I love the way u explain everything in such a sufficient manner💕🌟💕
    Do u hold any classes? I live in LA
    All of ur projects are beautiful 🌹
    Thank u,

  • You make my fingers itch to get started on this quilt but I must finish what is on my table now. My rule! I do not see where to find the template you mentioned and used in this design. Please advise. Thanks, Elaine

  • What a great idea to use your stitches. I have over 200 on my machine and well just seem to use a few so this quilt is on my must do list put at the top.And that fabric range is stunning as well as the one on the wall behind you. I so enjoy your video's and have learnt a lot from watching you. SO please keep them coming

  • wow I love everything you do, instead of the decorative stitches can they be used for quilting that way it will be complete

  • I just had to add this to my list 🙂 Pretty stitches and soft colors make a perfect "girlie" quilt. May take a bit for me to collect what's needed…but something to work towards. Can't imagine how I missed this one lol

  • love you videos, I'm new to quilting. like to share a picture of my first quilt I made for my mom for mother's day.

  • I just love watching your tutorials. You are a wonderful teacher. This project looks fun and "do-able"

  • 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻✨⭐️✨❤️😃❤️👍🏻👍🏻🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

  • I see that your thread is Dual Duty by Coats. I can't read the spool in video and I know that Coats has several Dual Duty threads, can you share the exact thread you are using. I'm making a shabby chic quilt now would love to try my hand at embellishing. Thank you kindly.

  • Not very clear where you get the template from, is it one you made, or bought and how did you get the correct curve of the arc.

  • Have tried several of Laura’s quilts and all worked really well but this one does not align up if you try and reverse the fan square, ie as in snake form. I have 42 squares at six and a half inches. When sewing together if you just keep 4 squares as a circle the arcs match perfectly but if you try and reverse one to go the other way, as a curve like a snake, the arc does not line up, yet in the video all yours match up whichever way you place them. How have you done that. Janet Lyons

  • Laura, thank you for a beautiful quilt! I'd like to try your method, although I'm very new to piecing, etc. My question is, when you add the wash away stabilizer, does it matter which side you place against the fabric? I like the idea of using the stabilizer so that the curved top is nicely and neatly finished!

  • Laura, I love your videos. I don't know how to find the description box. I am new to all things electronic sp please forgive my stupidity if my question is very elementary. Thanks so much.

  • Laura, I have a lot of fan pierces I inherited from my best friends grandma. I finally know how i can use them. Thank you so much!!! My only question is, what type of stabilizer did u use in this video? Stabilizer, interfacing, and the such is my weakness. Could u help me please? Thanks, Talena

  • Hi Laura i live in the uk and was wondering where i can get the Sulky Paper Solvy Water Soluble Fabric Stabilizer from, do you have any information that might help me? thank you eileen

  • I am a very newbie to making quilts. Just made one so far in baby size. This is such a pretty quilt, might be my 2nd one. Thanks for a tutorial.

  • Love this idea, perfect for all of the stitches I've never used on my Bernina. You explain it so easy, love your channel.

  • That’s a gorgeous quilt 🧵 I love the way it turned out and that you can change the pattern by turning the blocks that’s so awesome 👍🏼 I wish I was able to do one but I have to start with a easier pattern 1st ….. but thank you for sharing this gorgeous quilt with us 😍

  • Beautiful quilt, great instructions, and as always, very thorough and professional in your presentation. Thank you, Miss Laura! 🙂