Crazy Quilting – Creating a Block to Embroider & Embellish

Crazy Quilting – Creating a Block to Embroider & Embellish


Crazy Quilting – Creating a Block to Embroider & Embellish

Friday, March 15th 2019 (8:30-5:30 pm)

Taught by: Linda Sweek


Crazy Quilting as a textile art is extremely creative and free-flowing.  In this workshop, you will learn about embroidery, embellishments and the “crazy quilting” itself.  Crazy quilting is a patchwork technique where random shaped fabric pieces are stitched to a foundation fabric. Everyone will piece and sew together one block. Then we will add embroidery and embellishments to the block. There is an endless variety of ways to embroider. Ribbon, lace, braids, buttons, beads and charms will be added for dimension and beauty to the crazy quilt block.

I taught a Crazy Quilt Embroidery class at the 2016 Fall University Day, which was limited to only the embroidery. This class not only teaches how to create the block, but will introduce new embroidery stitches. So it is a good next step for those who attended the class, as well as an all-encompassing class for those who did not.

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  • 2 Scissors – large for cutting fabric & small for embroidery

  • Rotary cutter and mat

  • Small embroidery hoops – 4”/ 6” (I often use a 4, 6 and 8 inch; you may also want to bring one of each)

  • Sewing machine  (helpers at WMQFA can bring in sewing machine if needed)

  • Extension Cord for sewing machine

  • Fabrics

    • 1 piece of white cotton or muslin – enough to cut out a 12”x12” square, plus seam allowances

    • Cotton – to create the “patchwork”

      • I suggest about eight different fabrics that complement each other. Maybe a collection of fat quarters or solids with a similar color depth, i.e., jewel-tones or pastels

      • I recommend plain fabrics or those with a small print

      • Note: Fabrics can be pre-washed. This is especially important if you mix scraps with new fabrics.

  • 8 Skeins of different colored embroidery floss to coordinate with the eight fabrics

  • 8 Skeins of Pearl Cotton – Size 3 or 5 in various colors to coordinate with fabrics

  • Thread for machine sewing and bobbin

  • Embellishments, i.e., buttons, ribbons, lace, beads, charms, doilies, hankies, etc.

  • Needle Threader

  • Needles:  1) Embroidery, 2) Beading and 3) Chenille – need all!  These photos show the packs I like to buy because they have multiple sizes for each type of needle.

Artist Biography:

After a successful 25-year career in marketing, public relations and communications leadership roles, Linda Sweek has had the good fortune of pursuing her passion of fiber and mixed media art and starting her own business – Linda Sweek Designs. Besides fiber and mixed media artistry, Sweek teaches workshops and is the founder and host of Sew & Sew Retreats.

Sweek started to embroider at the age of eight – to her it was like painting a canvas. Additionally, her grandmother, who was an artist, took her to art museums and galleries for instruction, and welcomed Sweek into her studio to work with clay, pastels and paints. Applying this knowledge of studio art, Sweek’s preferred medium became fiber.  

Sweek is on the Board of Directors at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilt & Fiber Arts;  a member of Midwest Fiber Arts Trail-Cedarburg Spur; the Milwaukee Art Quilters (MArQ); and the Surface Design Association.

She has been privileged to exhibit her work in several juried art shows including the 2018 AQS QuiltWeek® Contest in Grand Rapids, Michigan; 2017 and 2015 Alverno College Alumni Art Exhibit, Milwaukee; “Second Fiber Arts Biennale: Wisconsin State of the Art” 2015 at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts (WMQFA); the Grace Fine Arts Festival, Milwaukee; and Milwaukee Third Ward Gallery Night’s. Her work is sold in numerous gallery’s and gift shops.  Sweek has taught fiber art workshops at various venues including the WMQFA and her own retreats.

Awards received include 2018 AQS 1st Place for The Ultimate Guild Challenge - SUPPORTING WORDS, Milwaukee Art Quilters; Martha Stewart American Made 2014 Award Nominee; Best of Houzz - 2014 Badge Award Winner; and multiple Wisconsin State Fair first, second, third place ribbons in textile categories.

Sweek has a bachelor’s degree in professional communications with honors and a minor in liberal arts from Alverno College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She also studied textile and folk art in the U.S., Mexico and Europe, and has explored art at 22 museums from Paris to Florence, Vienna to London, Chicago to Honolulu, New York to Mexico City and beyond.

Cancellation Policy and Refunds

The Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts (WMQFA) reserves the right to cancel any program up to 10 days prior to the event. When WMQFA cancels the workshop, lecture or event, students will receive a full refund. When WMQFA cancels a program due to extreme weather, every student will be personally notified and refunded. While WMQFA is understanding, “no-shows” will not be refunded. In the event that you are unable to attend a program that you registered for, please request a refund 30 days prior to the program, or you may apply your costs towards another workshop or program instead of being refunded. For classes over $250 a non-refundable fee of $100 will be assessed to any cancellations.

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