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Hump Day Zentangle Challenge #26 – Crazy Edition

by Suzanne Fluhr on January 9, 2020 · 4 comments

Crazy Quilt in color, Zentangle Inspired art

I picked”crazy” as the theme for this week’s Hump Day Zentangle Challenge before I knew this week would be crazy in a geopolitical sense.

I was thinking about:


Crazy Quilt, Missouri History Museum

This crazy quilt won an honorable mention in the 1903 St. Louis Fair. (Photo Credit: CC, Missouri History Museum, Public Domain)

Why reinvent the wheel? Wikipedia has an entry about crazy quilts that includes some photos of them. According to Wikipedia, Crazy quilting began to be popular in the late 1800s and refers to:

…a specific kind of patchwork lacking repeating motifs and with the seams and patches heavily embellished.

Aside: I wrote my college papers before Wikipedia was a thing. Indeed, in the early 1970s, computer programs were entered on punch cards. There was a calculator bolted to a desk in the library. I suspect Wikipedia references are frowned on in academia, but not so much in the Wild West of the Blogosphere.

If the universe of quilters and tanglers were represented in a Venn diagram, I think it would look something like this:

Venn diagram of Tanglers and Quilters

Note: I have no idea of the correct proportions for this Venn diagram. I used Creative License which is probably not even a thing in the Venn Diagram Universe.

I would like to think of myself in that overlapped world of tanglers who also quilt or vice versa although I would be closer to the tangler side of the overlapping area.

When Mr. Excitement and I were newlyweds (a looong time ago), we did the patchwork for a king size quilt — by hand (because that’s how exciting we were). Five moves and 37 years later, I have no idea where it is. Several years ago, I took a sewing machine patchwork quilting class. I was a ridiculous amount slower than the other two people in the class. My unfinished patchwork quilt is also hiding somewhere.

Notwithstanding my marked lack of success as a quilter, I am drawn to that craft. I attend quilt shows when possible, including a quilt show in Honolulu, Hawaii when we were there for Mr. Excitement’s three month sabbatical in 2014. I’ve also been known to disappear down a patchwork quilt rabbit hole on Pinterest, usually when I’m supposed to be doing something else.

Hump Day Zentangle® Challenge #26:
Tangle a Crazy Quilt

(If Zentangle is a new concept for you, you can read more about it here.)

This week, I decided it might be fun to mimic a crazy quilt by tangling a tile. I used a 6 inch square tile.  I started with Hollibaugh, a tangle I use quite often. The Hollibaugh planks represent what might be ribbons or embroidery borders in a Crazy Quilt:

ZEntangle: Hollibaugh

I then filled in the spaces with tangles using a black gelly roll pen. The planks were filled in with metallic gelly roll pens.

Zentangle Inspired Art Crazy Quilt

I didn’t do any shading because I decided to add color with Premier Prisma Color pencils.

I think the cheerful Crazy Quilt concept works well for a Zentangle Inspired Art tile, especially during a gray winter’s day here in the northern hemisphere.

Crazy Quilt in color, Zentangle Inspired art

I think it would be fun to do a much larger Zentangle Inspired Crazy Quilt, perhaps using some collage.

Please Share Your Hump Day Zentangle® Challenge Creations!

Please share your responses to this week’s challenge with us in the Hump Day Zentangle Challenge Facebook Group and/or on your Instagram, Twitter  or Flickr feeds. Use the hashtag #hdchallenge26. If you’re not a member of the FB group, ask to join and I’ll be happy to add you. The more the merrier. Please invite others you think might be interested.

There are other ways to share your work: We also have a Pinterest group board to share our Hump Day Challenge responses. Email me at if you’d like me to add you as a contributor to the Pinterest board or you can mention that in a comment below with your Pinterest name.

If you have your own blog and are posting your challenge responses there, leave the URL to your blog in a comment below so people can paste it into their browser and find your post. (PS: The first 2 times you comment, I will have to moderate the comment. After your first two comments on Boomeresque, your comments will appear without moderation.)

Feel free to share your work for this or any challenge at any time—even next week, next month, next year, ad infinitum. Participation in the challenges need not be linear!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Robin January 9, 2020 at 2:01 am

Beautiful tangle. I love quilts. The use of color pencils really gives it depth. Nice work!


Gilda Baxter January 9, 2020 at 8:41 am

Suzanne, I did sewing classes a long time ago but was never very good at it. I admire how people can be so creative with patterns. Very colorful post.


Suzanne Fluhr January 9, 2020 at 9:29 am

Thank you. It has been very gray around here lately. Working with color cheered me up.


Nan Loyd January 29, 2020 at 5:27 pm

If I saw your tile as a quilt in a store I would buy it immediately!! I love unusual quilts. I LOVE your tile – it’s really beautiful! Draws the eye.


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