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SewCanShe Crazy Quilt Block Sewalong {week 4 – final countdown!}

Yay, we’re almost there! I know you must be getting excited to see everyone’s gorgeous projects and see who the winners are. I sure am! Today I’m going to give your final assignment… you already know what it is. I’ll also show you a crazy quilt project that I finished, and tell you how the prizes will be awarded. When you’re done, make sure you post a picture (or picture collage) to our Sewalong Flickr Pool by May 18th, 10 pm Eastern. That’s the only way to enter!

If you’re just now joining us or you want a recap, here are links to the other blog posts:


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Okay here it is although you already knew this was coming… use your crazy quilt block(s) to make something! We don’t care what it is, we just want to see your creativity. A mug-rug, table runner, blouse, baby blanket, tote bag, zipper pouch, pair of slippers… surprise us, I know you will! I have a finished project to show you too:


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I couldn’t get enough crazy sewing, so I made two more blocks using insul-brite (insulated batting) in addition to cotton quilt batting and then I turned them into pot holders. I also did something new (for me)…


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When I got more than halfway done and was struggling to find a way to use my smaller scraps, I set the block to the side and sewed my little pieces together into a strip. I pressed it and then added that strip to my block.


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Here you see the strip I sewed separately. I love how it changes the direction of my strips totally. Disclaimer: I’m such a beginner at this :). You are all probably saying ‘duh!’


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Anywho… after I finished and trimmed up my blocks I pinned a little loop of rick rack to one corner of each.


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Then I sewed on some binding. There’s a couple of great tutorials for that in our archives on the {sewing technique tutorials page}.


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And my crazy potholders are done! So much fun and so pretty! Of course, I didn’t add any embellishment because it would just get gunked up by my cooking. I am already using and washing these!


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The ‘best of show’ winner will recieve $50 to spend on fabric (or whatever you want) from Fat Quarter Shop, plus 5 pdf patterns from The Sewing Loft. You go girl!

The first runner up will receive $50 in fabric from Lemon Tree Fabrics.

The second runner up will receive $35 in fabric from Fabric Tree.

The third runner up will receive a 1/2 yard bundle of Elk Grove Cottons from Fabricworm.

And  then, since everybody deserves a chance to win something, even if yours’ is the smallest project in the bunch… the next three prizes will be awarded randomly from the remaining entries. Each of these winners will receive a bundle of 5 pdf patterns from one of the amazing pattern designers above.

Last of all, (I’ve been thinking about this for the past couple of days), I will pick my personal favorite from all the projects and award the maker of this project $50 credit to the SewCanShe Shop. I’m not going to judge because it would be just tooooo hard! But in the last sewalong my personal favorite didn’t win. So this time I want a prize just for her. Playing favorites? Maybe. But I want to!

This prize will be called ‘Caroline’s Pick.’ ๐Ÿ™‚

And on the topic of judging… I still haven’t asked anybody. Any volunteers? Of course you can’t be competing too. If you think you might make a good judge of our Crazy Quilt Block Sewalong, please email me at [email protected] I think we need at least 5 judges. Thank you!

Okay, now don’t forget to post only one entry photo (or collage) per project to our sewalong flickr pool {here} by May 18th, 10:00 pm Eastern Time Zone. If you have any problems doing that, feel free to email me your photo and I’ll put it in because that is where the judges will be looking. And we’re still chatting away and showing off our work in the {facebook event page}!

See all you sewalong-ers next Saturday for one more post before the judging!


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3 Comments

  1. Brenda Hulsey says:

    I love using the crazy quilt blocks and putting the decorative stitches from my machine on them. Wish I had see this earlier so I could join! Also don’t know how to post pictures anyway.
    hulseybg at gmail com

  2. Sobana Sundar says:

    Caroline
    Can you tell me whether it is safe to make potholders with a synthetic/polyester batting. would love to make some like this.

    1. Hi Sobana. The safest thing is to use an insulated batting like insul-brite because it deflects the heat so you won’t get burned. Cotton batting won’t melt, but you could still get burned. I would not use synthetic batting for a potholder that is going to be used because it will melt. Good luck!

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