Sunday, February 24, 2019

Quilt #44 :: Crazy Eights

One of my goals for this year is to go back and write blog posts for all of the quilts that I've made, but not yet shared. I started quilting in 2013, and have made virtual trunk shows all of the quilts I've made in 201320142017, and 2018. (You can find a list of all 122 of my quilts, posted or not, here). I'm in the home stretch, with only 10 posts to go!

Today's post is my version of Crazy Eights. The pattern was featured in Quilt Quickly in Spring 2014. (You can watch a video tutorial for it here). I saw designer Deb Finan's original quilt at the Original Sewing & Quilt Festival in Pittsburgh in 2014 and snapped this picture. (You can see more pictures of quilts that caught my eye here).

I came home from that show with a lot of inspiration. Like this quilt, that hung in a vendor booth. (I asked permission to take the photo, but forgot the vendor name!)

It inspired the Little Learners quilt I made for my son's school. 

The biggest thing I came back with from the show was Pfiona, my Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.2. Even though Pfiona is now my back up piecing machine and primary quilting machine, I still love her very much and made about 80 quilts completely with her.

Back to my Crazy Eights quilt. When I saw the original, my thought was, "Hey! I'm finally starting to get a collection of scraps like real quilters do!" I had more blues that anything else so I knew I'd use blue scraps with the gray background.

It was really fun to see some scraps from my first 43 quilts in this quilt. 

This quilt was donated as a comfort quilt to my local quilt group. I don't know know where it ended up, so I will just picture it being loved like the love my little put into it for the few days he got to snuggle with it. 

In my mind he's still this small, not a big ten-year-old tween. 

One of my goals this year is to finish writing posts for each of my quilts. This quilt was finished in 2015. You can see what I'm currently working on by following me on Instagram at deJongDreamHouse.

Linked to:

Design Wall Monday @ Small Quilts & Doll Quilts
Monday Making @ Love Laugh Quilt
Moving It Forward @ Em's Scrap Bag
What I Made Monday @ Pretty Piney

Colour & Inspiration Tuesday @ The Clever Chameleon
Linky Tuesday @ Freemotion by the River
To Do Tuesday @ Stitch All the Things

Midweek Makers @ Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss @ The Inquiring Quilter
WIPs on Wednesday @ Esther's Blog





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  1. I hear you on how kids stay small in your mind. This morning, I drove my 14-year-old to the bus stop (nasty wind, and it's a very long driveway), and as he hopped onto the bus he waved over his shoulder at me just like he did when he was little. I almost cried.

    Thanks for linking up to What I Made Monday!

  2. Hello, My name is Brenda and I also suffer from a Traumatic Brain Injury. I was in a car accident when I was 15 and was thrown through the windshield, there was so much swelling on the inside of the brain and a tremendous amount of damage was done to the memory section. Now, I am in my early 50's and try and live the best that I can with both long term and short term memory issues. I began quilting in 2007 with the help of my Father who supplied me with his left over fabrics, all the basic sewing supplies and even a sewing machine. He had created over 100 quilts himself a couple of years before which is what sparked my interest and has been the best "medicine" and has provided more "answers" and I just do not know how to put these descriptions into just a word. I am sure that you can understand a bit of what I am trying to say. Connie from Freemotion by the River sent me your blog information and thought we may be able to get to know one another. I stopped blogging for quite some time and am once again trying to start again. Plus, if you would like to exchange emails and begin to help support one another, I have always felt so alone in dealing with all the emotions and health issues that occur. So, if I can help you in any way, I will! I really love the quilt that you posted today! I also hope that I did not overwhelm you. I can be a real talker. LOL. I hope to hear from you!
    My blog

    1. Hi Brenda! I'm glad you introduced yourself! I often say quilting is the best therapy I've found for my brain injury. Not only for the brain power that goes into creating, but especially the joy of being a giver when we have to depend on others so much. I'm going to head over to your blog and take a look!

  3. thanks for sharing this quilt! I am currently sewing 4 patches into 8 patches as my leader/ender and this layout would be wonderful!

  4. Ha, I love all the costumes on the Little Learners quilt. Superman! Brilliant.

  5. Thanks for linking up to this week's Beauties Pageant!

    I love how this pattern takes humble squares and some sashing to make a fun and easy project. (I can only imagine how many quilt tops I could get out of the 2.5-inch squares I already have cut!)

  6. This quilt has me thinking - I have so many charm squares I could do something like that with them. Also, I love that your named your sewing machine with the Pf to mimic Pfaff. Very clever!

  7. What a great way to use up scraps! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  8. What a great series of posts! (And having them all on your blog, with labels, makes it sooo much easier to find photos/stories.) The blue/gray version of Crazy Eights is subtle and sparkly at the same time.

  9. This is a fantastic scrap busting quilt! It inspires me to want to make some scrappy quilts now!


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