Monday, January 13, 2014

A Very {Vintage} Crazy Quilt Block

About 10 days before Christmas, I decided to start a new project.  It seemed a little crazy to start something new so close to Christmas but this project had been on my mind for about 2 weeks and I just couldn't let it go!  I knew what pattern I was going to use, so I started picking fabrics.  As you can see in the picture above, it looked like a mess but what a fun mess!

I decided to plan the project around my favorite picture of my 4 children at Christmas time.  This picture was taken about 7 years ago and I still have it in a frame in my bedroom.  The pattern I drew up was a difficult one, but I really wanted this to look as vintage as possible.  I felt that the extra time it would take to piece it would be totally worth it.  Pictured above is after a few days of piecing.

Here is more progress after a couple more days.  Remember it was Christmas time, so I worked it in around other Christmas stuff I was doing!

A few more days later with more progress, you can see my faithful sidekick right at my side as usual!

Finally about a week later, it was pieced!  Time consuming, but so worth it as I felt it had the vintage feel that I was going for.

What I usually do next is pick out all of my thread and silk ribbon that I am going to use.  The things I pick intially are not always what I end up using, but a girl always has to have options!

Then I pick out my laces and trims that I may use, with the same philosophy...options!

I usually put all of my stuff for a project in one box, so I can just grab it and go.

This old blanket binding looked interesting and was the right color so it may have a use, we'll see!

Then, on to my favorite part, stitching!

I just love that herringbone stitch I did around the fan shape in the upper left hand corner.  I used ribbon floss and I love the shine it gives to the stitich.

Here is a closer look at the top right hand corner.  That green piece of tatting is going to become a wreath.  Well I have more done than this, but I'll save that for another day!

Talk to you soon and thanks for stopping by,


  1. I love this idea. I am doing Christmas tree skirts for both my boys and this has given me some more ideas for ways to incorporate photos.

  2. Great fabrics. I really like your colors and stitching. I use those boxes to contain my CQ trims, threads, fabrics etc. also. It is so nice to have it in one convenient place until the project is finished.