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"Here's your chance to get up close and personal with an amazing collections of crazies!" - Quilter's Newsletter Magazine. Made from the finest silks, satins, and velvets and stitched together with elaborate embroidery, the crazy quilt is a testament to quilters’ rich imagination and artistry. This beautiful book traces the bewitching history of “Crazies” from their earliest origins to the present day. Distinguished quilting teacher and appraiser Cindy Brick follows the crazy quilt from colonial times, the Civil War, the Victorian era, and
"Here's your chance to get up close and personal with an amazing collections of crazies!" - Quilter's Newsletter Magazine. Made from the finest silks, satins, and velvets and stitched together with elaborate embroidery, the crazy quilt is a testament to quilters’ rich imagination and artistry. This beautiful book traces the bewitching history of “Crazies” from their earliest origins to the present day. Distinguished quilting teacher and appraiser Cindy Brick follows the crazy quilt from colonial times, the Civil War, the Victorian era, and through today, decoding the mystery and meaning of these curious quilts.
Also included is a detailed how-to section on constructing crazy quilts. Brick offers methods for planning, piecing, and embroidering or embellishing your quilt, and gives numerous helpful tips that only an expert could provide.
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.
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
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The Clan of the Free: The History of HorseClan
Written by Braveheart
Darkness had fallen over the empty fields, and the clouds blotted out the stars, casting shadows across the land. A harsh wind whipped through the grass, pulling and tugging on the pale yellow blades, and rustling the leaves of the few trees that were scattered here and there.
Alone on this empty field stood two cats, barely visable in the darkness, but for their glowing eyes.
One was a pale sunny yellow shecat, with faint tabby stripes that raced across her back. Her fluffy chest was white, and her eyes were a bright amber, though dulled by grief. Around her neck was a blue opal necklace carved in the shape of a horse, glittering dimly in the night.
The second was a light gray tabby shecat, with icy blue eyes that seemed to pierce the darkness and drive it away with their fiery light. She too had a similar necklace, a blue fire opal one carved into a wolf.
Both shecats remained quiet, staring up at the clouded sky, not speaking a word to each other, until the pale yellow shecat broke the silence.
"HorseClan has fallen, hasn't it?" she meowed, her voice masked with grief, not looking at her companion. It wasn't really a question, but a statement.
The light gray tabby looked at the other in suprise, her icy eyes narrowing. "How can you say that, Sunnystar? HorseClan WILL survive, no matter the hardship!" she meowed, her quiet voice raising.
Sunnystar sighed and hung her head. "We've lost so many cats, Lilywolf. How can the Clan survive without warriors, and a medicane cat? And..." she trailed off, a single tear falling from her amber eyes.
Lilywolf rested her long gray tail on the yellow shecat's shoulder, turning her icy gaze down. "I know you grieve for Pinefall, but... Clan life goes on. There are other options, you know..." she said, not looking Sunnystar in the eye.
"What do you mean by that?" the HorseClan leader meowed anxiously, not looking up.
"There are plenty of rouges, loners, and kittypets that would be willing to join..." Lilywolf meowed, sounding uncertain. "We could ask then..."
"It might work," Sunnystar said with a shrug.
"I'm glad you agree," the light gray tabby purred. "Could I start now, if allowed?"
"Wait a minute, Lilywolf. I have a question for you," the pale yellow shecat meowed.
"Yes?" Lilywolf asked cautiously.
"What would you say to becoming the new deputy of HorseClan?" Sunnystar asked.
"Why, I... I'm... you really mean in?"
"Of course I do!"
"Then I accept."
"Thank you, Lilywolf. I'll hold the ceremony when you return."
"Thank you Sunnystar."
And with that, the light gray tabby shecat dashed off into the night, set on fufilling her duty and rebuilding HorseClan... with the help of loners. Sunnystar remained on the lonely hill, gazing up at the dark sky.
A single star suddenly appeared, and the pale tabby looked away. Another Clanmate, gone to join StarClan no doubt.
"How will we ever survive?" Sunnystar whispered.
The star glittered coldly above, and there came no reply.
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