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Crazy Quilts: History Techniques Embroidery Motifs
     

Crazy Quilts: History Techniques Embroidery Motifs

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by Cindy Brick, Nancy Kirk (Foreword by)
 

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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.
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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.

Editorial Reviews

www.quiltersmuse.com
From its front cover to the last page, Cindy Brick's latest book titled simply Crazy Quilts is a masterpiece of sumptuous and elegant photos of crazy quilts, both antique and contemporary, and is a true celebration of all that we might call "Victoriana" ... The book is a page turner, and yet, I dawdled and lingered over each page, not wanting the book to end... Even if you are the type who doesn't read books with words, or even if you speak a foreign language only, the photos and illustrations are well worth the price of this book, Crazy Quilts. I can guarantee that you will return to it, again and again, for inspiration. Many thanks to Cindy Brick for the quality and quantity of information she shares about a subject she loves, the Victorian Age and its textiles.
www.handquilting.blogspot.com
Everyone should have a copy of this book, especially those who work exclusively with crazy quilts. It is a great resource that you can refer to when our creativity is in a slump. It is definitely a book that belongs in your home library.
www.greenspiralherbs.blogspot.com
Crazy Quilts is a fascinating read for those who wish to know more about the cult of crazy. It is also a respite from a busy day. Just picking up the book and starting to thumb through, you see a gorgeous quilt, unique in its making, and pause to stare at the chenille embroidery or silk ribbon...An hour goes by and you realize you have become lost between the pages of a very good book. Buy it today!
Library Journal

Textiles appraiser Brick (Hanky-Panky Crazy Quilts) here presents a well-documented and generously illustrated history of a "crazy" form of quilting that was wildly popular in the 1880s and is today enjoying a resurgence of interest among quiltmakers. Crazy quilting combines irregular patchwork with exotic fabrics, embroidery stitches, and embellishments to create often idiosyncratic folk art quilts. Color photographs, vintage drawings, postcards, and advertisements bring the colorful world of the crazy quilt into focus while a practical "how-to" section teaches the prospective crazy quilter three different methods for constructing crazies. A fine, solid choice for public and academic library quilting collections.


—Jan Zlendich

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760332375
Publisher:
Voyageur Press
Publication date:
02/15/2008
Edition description:
First
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 11.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Cindy Brick is an editor, designer, and writer who travels the world teaching about quilting and quilt history. A former editor for Quilter’s Newsletter, she is also an American Quilter’s Society–certified textiles appraiser and professional quilt restorer. She has written more than a hundred magazine articles and four books, including Hanky-Panky Crazy Quilts, The Stitcher’s Language of Flowers, and the Fabric Dating Kit. She is the “Old Things Considered” columnist for McCall’s Vintage Quilts and a frequent contributor to other magazines, newsletters, and online listservs.

            Cindy lives and works in Castle Rock, Colorado. For more on information, visit Cindy’s company, Brickworks, at www.cindybrick.com or www.classygirlquilts.com.

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Crazy Quilts: History - Techniques - Embroidery Motifs 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have many books on crazy quilts, but still wanted this one, very inspirational.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wheres horseclan at?