My personal favorite quilt of all time is the crazy quilt. There are many different kinds with many types of fabrics and many different stiches. I happen to love all of them. Each one tells it’s own story and sometimes a family history is woven into the quilt. It has been put together with love and often scraps of fabric left over from some other sewing project or the pieces of a dress or suit that was no longer in service.
This particular section has 3 different stiches and very different fabrics, but they all work together. I think of those who put these pieces together many years ago, they were not wasteful and found a way to reuse and create beauty for their homes. I don’t do creative stiches, I don’t quilt but it makes my heart sing to reuse, repurpose, and make a worn out piece of furniture attractive and useable again.
Whether you are redecorating or putting your first home together, a lot can be learned from a crazy quilt. Choose a color or a pattern you love and then build on it. Add different textures, shapes, fabric and tie it all together. Use some older items from your home that maybe have been setting in your garage or basement and see if there is some way to renew them. How about giving that old piece a fresh coat of paint. Have that old chair reupholstered in a new fabric. Move furniture from one room to another. If you haven’t done that you will be amazed at how different a dresser may look in your entry or as a console table. Most of all don’t be afraid to try.
Just like bringing all these pieces together to form a quilt, you can bring together different pieces to your home to make it your masterpiece.