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Crazy Quilting in Key West

Last Saturday I taught an Embellished Crazy Tote class at our local quilt store, the Seam Shoppe on Truman Ave in Key West.

Here are a couple of samples in the store.


I love teaching this class. It’s fast, fun and you get to leave with a finished product.


Or an almost finished product.

Cory was just about at the finish line when class ended. I expect to see her sashaying around town with this sometime soon.

Here’s another.

Check out this truly eccentric handmade cotton print – the one on top.

Students choose two colors including a  piece of Dupioni silk for the front right right corner and I choose all the rest. Sometimes – especially with the more particular – they choose a second fabric – but that’s where I draw the line because the whole point of the class is to work with fabrics and colors/design out of your own comfort zone.

Here’s an example.


We had some of the finest designers in key west – Jean who is the go to girl in Key West for all things sewing. She teaches many classes at the Seam Shoppe.

I get to choose fabrics from the Seam Shoppe here in Key West. They are known for quality upholstery work and a wide selection of quilters fabrics specialty tropical colors and motifs. Click here for Seam Shoppe Class Calendar.

Here are some of the more unusual fabrics I like to add. Japanese silk and African polished cotton.


Assorted nonsense.

I added my favorite thread to the mix. Shimmer & metallic.

And some embroidery thread for color contrast & ease of use.

Seam Shoppe has wonderful embellishment, ribbons . . .

Buttons, closures . .

Here’s a truly international tote in the making. Mary’s tote-in-the-works includes European silk brocade, American cotton, Japanese cotton, Chinese silk brocade, Dupioni silk and a strange upholstery strip of mixed provenance!

Stitch detail

Multi-colored thread that has no business working so well together.

Free-motion quilting in high contrast thread. This is done in a small area so even if you are not proficient, you get to practice.

We build panels, piece by piece.



Until it’s done. Elishea was the only one who actually finished. yay Elishea!




Betty’s work was the most meticulous.  She actually had two zippered pockets made ahead of class! Sheesh, Betty, you put me to shame!


Elishea with her fabu Art Moderne Singer sewing accessory box – the machine et al an eBay find at about $100.


The Seam Shoppe * 1114 Truman Ave. * Key West, FL 33040* Phone: 305.296.9830

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