Crazy Quilts

Crazy Quilts

History, Techniques, Embroidery Motifs

Book - 2008
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This book serves as both a basic history lesson and a how-to manual. The first section chronologically traces the history of the crazy quilt, including popular crazy quilt themes and the meaning of particular images included in quilts. The second section gives instructions how to make a crazy quilt, with many additional useful sidebars with tips and coaching in addition to the already adequate directions in the text. An appendix includes historical embroidery motifs. The book is lavishly and beautifully illustrated in mostly color images, and is intended for the general reader. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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An exquisitely illustrated history of the Crazy quilt from colonial days to ours, with expert instructions for planning, piecing, and embroidering or embellishing your own “Crazy.”

The crazy quilt was anything but "crazy." It began with necessity and ingenuity, the piecing together of any odd scrap of fabric that outlasted its first (or even second) use, and evolved into an art form in which the finest silks, satins, and velvets, stitched together with elaborate embroidery, attested to a quilters rich imagination and artistry.

This beautiful book traces the bewitching history of the ever-changing but ever-popular "Crazies" from their earliest origins to the present day. Distinguished quilting teacher, lecturer, appraiser, and restorer Cindy Brick follows the crazy quilt through colonial times, the Civil War, and the Victorian era. She describes the crazy quilts influence on modern-day quilts. And she decodes the meaning of the curious images stitched into these quilts, from flowers to fans and farm animals.

Along with this history, the book includes a detailed how-to section on constructing crazy quilts. Brick outlines approaches to planning, piecing, and embroidering or embellishing your quilt. She also offers numerous helpful tips that only an expert could provide. Exquisitely illustrated with images of crazy quilts over time, this book is as delightful to page through as it is instructive to read.

Publisher: St. Paul : Voyager Press, 2008
ISBN: 9780760332375
Characteristics: 159 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm


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Sep 26, 2015

This book is mostly a history book (the history of crazy quilts is definitely intriguing) but it does have a section in the back with some advice on how to design and make your own crazy quilt. It has some vintage embroidery patterns at the back for you to use (pictures - not a stitch dictionary).

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