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I bought some slightly used ties back during the summer to use in some crazy quilts. I love them especially the tropical one. I wish I could find more like it because I love the colors; the way they pop out at you is striking!

To be honest, I wanted to experiment before I cut this one up, so I decided to take some material I had on hand and give it a try at making a crazy quilt–mini size.

These are the results: 

 

I made 6 in all-two are very much like one pictured. I tried different stitches and such, but my favorite is the leaf designs seen in the top two photos.

I backed these with white flannel for stability to hold the embroidery and embellishments. I then added another layer of flannel to give it some extra support before adding the backing. I tried one with regular batting, but it was much too bulky. The two pieces of flannel work nicely. I had planned to use some wooden dowels to hang them, but I used wire for one (I like coiling it to give it a different look) and I used braiding for the others. I was pleased, especially since I have not done handwork in a while. It was a learning experience, and I hope to make more things after the first of the year. It was much more involved than quilting so I hope to find a balance in there somewhere. 

Happy Gardening!

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