Allie Aller's Crazy Quilting: Modern Piecing & Embellishing Techniques for Joyful Stitching

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Allie shows readers how to make crazy quilting more contemporary with an array of easy-to-master techniques. Show your customers how to combine traditional methods with modern fabric tricks. The photo gallery reveals just how creative and modern crazy quilting can be-and anyone can do it.

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Embroidered & Embellished: 85 Stitches Using Thread, Floss, Ribbon, Beads & More * Step-by-Step Visual Guide

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Overview

Allie shows readers how to make crazy quilting more contemporary with an array of easy-to-master techniques. Show your customers how to combine traditional methods with modern fabric tricks. The photo gallery reveals just how creative and modern crazy quilting can be-and anyone can do it.

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Review Source: Sew4Home Review Date: 5/17/11

In today's world of art and crafting, 'mixed media' is all the rage. Sometimes called 'collage' or 'assemblage,' the finished creations combine textures, dimension and types of media into multi-layered masterpieces. As usual, our modern-day discovery is actually a new spin on a time-honored tradition. In this case, the Crazy Quilt is the fore-bearer of today's mixed media. And although it can look beautifully nostalgic, there is nothing old-fashioned about this very creative quilting technique. This fact is brought into amazing focus in a new book from Allie Aller: Crazy Quilting - Modern Piecing & Embellishing Techniques for Joyful Stitching. Allie took some time at a recent event to show us her book, give us a glimpse into her inspiration, and generously provide us with a copy to giveaway to a lucky Sew4Home fan. We met Allie during a quilting event at Fabric Depot right here in Portland, Oregon. Turns out Allie lives just 'up the river' (as we say in the Northwest) in Washougal, Washington, a quaint town that sits at the mouth of the famous Columbia River Gorge. We started talking about living in the country, segued into quilting-speak, and then... she brought out her brand new book. This volume is not only a wonderful primer with great step-by-step tutorials, tips, tricks and tools... it is also filled with eye-popping close-ups of Allie's amazing collages. I do not fancy myself a quilter, but I am a friend and fan of quilters everywhere, and I never cease to be amazed by the sheer artistry that goes into even the simplest quilt. So when I saw Allie's handiwork, I was stopped dead in my tracks by the intricacy and dimensional drama. I was also a little bit jealous, but I'm workin' on that! Her book is very thorough when it comes to showing and explaining the best supplies to use. And, Allie describes not just one, but a number of methods for various techniques, such as block design and piecing or image transfer. I do not fancy myself a quilter, but I am a friend and fan of quilters everywhere, and I never cease to be amazed by the sheer artistry that goes into even the simplest quilt. So when I saw Allie's handiwork, I was stopped dead in my tracks by the intricacy and dimensional drama. I was also a little bit jealous, but I'm workin' on that! Her book is very thorough when it comes to showing and explaining the best supplies to use. And, Allie describes not just one, but a number of methods for various techniques, such as block design and piecing or image transfer.

Are you crazy for Crazy Quilting? If so then you must pick up a copy of Allison Aller’s new book “Crazy Quilting – Modern Piecing & Embellishing Techniques for Joyful Stitching”. Allie Aller’s work has a contemporary spin due to her use of new techniques, fibers, fabrics, and imagery. Allison says working with these materials “really give crazy quilts an updated, contemporary look and feel, taking Crazy Quilting out of the traditional Victorian mold for good!” The book has an in-depth section on materials and tools. Learn image transfer and stenciling methods while creating your own fabrics. There are four ways to create a crazy quilt block presented in the book. The directions are easy to understand and clearly illustrated. What would a crazy quilt be without embellishment through embroidery, beading, lace and dimensional flowers? Allison’s tips on working with these materials are invaluable. The gallery section provides inspiration that will have you jumping right in on one of the seven projects found in the book and thanks to Allison’s expertise you will soon be ready to work on your own crazy quilt.

Review Source: The Appliqué Society Review Date: 5/1/11

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607051732
  • Publisher: C & T Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/16/2011
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 410,016
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    Great CQ book

    This is one of the best Crazy Quilt books I've ever seen. She goes way beyond basic seam embroidery to things I had never thought to try. I can get instructions for the embroidery stitches used to decorate the seams on a Crazy Quilt anywhere - the internet or any of a dozen books. Allie has an entire chapter on creating your own fabrics where she discusses various types of image transfer, stenciling, or even using Angelina. In her section on materials and tools, she covers all the basic types of thread and quite a few I'd never heard of.

    She has Tip boxes scattered throughout the book that I found very helpful. Her section on building CQ blocks was also very interesting. In addition to the traditional methods I've read about elsewhere, she has some new ideas that I'm already trying out. The chapter on embellishments was so fun, especially the three-dimensional flowers.

    And then, of course, the gallery. That alone would be worth buying the book. It is a collection of pictures of the most beautiful Crazy Quilts I've ever seen. I'm definitely inspired.

    All in all, as a long time sane quilter and a fairly recent Crazy Quilter, I found this book to be invaluable. I highly recommend it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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