From the Publisher
It is colorfully presented and well-written. I enjoyed seeing all of the vintage imagery and even learned a few things. Take a look. – Quilting Arts, March 2008
The history of the crazy is as colorful as the fabrics and stitches used in its creation. This book could have been a pedantic treatise of boring facts and dates but it’s not. A way to describe it would be that it is more lake a fascinating fabric/time treasure map. – Colorado Quilt Council Newsletter, March 2008
It’s a beautiful book…filled with many gorgeous pictures of both antique and contemporary crazy quilts to drool over. – www.patchworkquiltlife.blogspot.com, March 2008
I highly recommend this beautiful book to any and all who have even a passing interest in crazy quilts. It certainly stole my heart. – www.white-works.com, March 2008
After reading about the history of crazy quilts from their probable origin in the costume of the commedia dell'artes Harlequin through their heyday in the Victorian era to the present and after admiring page after page of brilliant, outrageous crazies, you will certainly want to create one of your own. – PieceWork Magazine, Sept/Oct. 2008
Here's your chance to get up close and personal with an amazing collection of crazies. Quilt historian Cindy Brick explains how and why Victorians spoke in a symbolic language through their needlework and follows the crazy trend through to its influence on today's quilters. The fascinating story is illustrated with beautifully photographed quilts and ephemera. Should the lure of elegant fabrics, over-the-top embellishments, and fancy embroidery stitches inspire you to start some craziness of your own, you'll find basic instructions and quirky vintage motifs. – Quilters Newsletter, Sept./Oct. 2008
This comprehensive and loving look at the crazy quilt undertakes the difficult task of determining provenance and origins, and celebrates the persistence of the form with a high degree of historical integrity and grace…This handsome volume belongs on the shelf of any quilter touched by this rich tradition. Which in all likelihood includes all of us. – www.Quiltchannel.com, October 2008
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.
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.
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!
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.