Quilting - Just a Little Bit Crazy: A Marriage of Traditional & Crazy Quilting

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Cross traditional crazy quilting with favorite pieced quilt patterns and today’s machine quilting methods, and what do you get? Crazy fun for all kinds of quilters, even those who don’t like handwork. Allie Aller and Valerie Bothell’s guide offers an exuberant mixture of vintage and modern, hand and machine work, and clever ways to make traditional quilts a little crazy. Includes 10 projects in sizes from small wall hangings to bed quilts; photo instructions for 15 crazy quilt and silk ribbon embroidery stitches;...

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Overview

Cross traditional crazy quilting with favorite pieced quilt patterns and today’s machine quilting methods, and what do you get? Crazy fun for all kinds of quilters, even those who don’t like handwork. Allie Aller and Valerie Bothell’s guide offers an exuberant mixture of vintage and modern, hand and machine work, and clever ways to make traditional quilts a little crazy. Includes 10 projects in sizes from small wall hangings to bed quilts; photo instructions for 15 crazy quilt and silk ribbon embroidery stitches; and tips for combining crazy quilting with machine piecing and embroidery.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
02/17/2014
Aller (Allie Aller’s Crazy Quilting), a Washington state quilter, and Bothell, a Kansas crazy-quilting teacher, endeavor to marry old traditions of crazy quilting with today’s technology “to show that crazy quilts can be functional.” The result is a smashing success with equal parts fun and function, serious instruction, and delighted execution. Techniques outnumber projects three to one. In other words, Aller and Bothell put most of their energy on the how versus the what. Preceding the projects are general instructions: for piecing, including crazy-quilt blocks and borders and Judith Baker Montano’s fan methods; for appliquéing using freezer-paper or card stock templates; and for interfacing, which is especially important on wall hangings. After pieces become blocks, embroidery begins, whether by hand or machine. The authors offer ideas on designs and transfers; on needles, tension, and thread weight; and on stitches, from feather to Cretan to blanket. To illustrate the construction, they pull from the 10 projects (some with patterns), including Bothell’s “Oriental Garden” and Aller’s “Morning Chores” with its dairy feed sack center. (Apr.)
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Aller (Allie Aller’s Crazy Quilting), a Washington state quilter, and Bothell, a Kansas crazy-quilting teacher, endeavor to marry old traditions of crazy quilting with today’s technology “to show that crazy quilts can be functional.” The result is a smashing success with equal parts fun and function, serious instruction, and delighted execution. Techniques outnumber projects three to one. In other words, Aller and Bothell put most of their energy on the how versus the what. Preceding the projects are general instructions: for piecing, including crazy-quilt blocks and borders and Judith Baker Montano’s fan methods; for appliquéing using freezer-paper or card stock templates; and for interfacing, which is especially important on wall hangings. After pieces become blocks, embroidery begins, whether by hand or machine. The authors offer ideas on designs and transfers; on needles, tension, and thread weight; and on stitches, from feather to Cretan to blanket. To illustrate the construction, they pull from the 10 projects (some with patterns), including Bothell’s “Oriental Garden” and Aller’s “Morning Chores” with its dairy feed sack center.
--Publishers Weekly; 2/17/14
2/17/14
Aller (Allie Aller’s Crazy Quilting), a Washington state quilter, and Bothell, a Kansas crazy-quilting teacher, endeavor to marry old traditions of crazy quilting with today’s technology “to show that crazy quilts can be functional.” The result is a smashing success with equal parts fun and function, serious instruction, and delighted execution. Techniques outnumber projects three to one. In other words, Aller and Bothell put most of their energy on the how versus the what. Preceding the projects are general instructions: for piecing, including crazy-quilt blocks and borders and Judith Baker Montano’s fan methods; for appliquéing using freezer-paper or card stock templates; and for interfacing, which is especially important on wall hangings. After pieces become blocks, embroidery begins, whether by hand or machine. The authors offer ideas on designs and transfers; on needles, tension, and thread weight; and on stitches, from feather to Cretan to blanket. To illustrate the construction, they pull from the 10 projects (some with patterns), including Bothell’s “Oriental Garden” and Aller’s “Morning Chores” with its dairy feed sack center.
June 2014 Quilter's Digest
If you combine traditional quilting, crazy quilting, some favorite pieced quilt patterns and today’s machine-quilting methods, you get crazy fun, even if you don’t like handwork. The authors offer you clever ways to make traditional quilts a little bit crazier. Photo instructions are included for 15 crazy quilt and silk ribbon embroidery stitches, plus lots more.
July/August 2014 The Applique Society Newsletter
If you have ever wanted to make a crazy quilt but did not know where to start I would like to recommend this book. Quilting...just a little bit crazy. The authors, Allie Aller and Valerie Bothell, join forces and share their skills and knowledge to create 10 projects that vary in size from small wall-hangings to large quilts. You will start by learning how to create crazy quilt blocks. Some of the techniques used include freezer paper template appliqué, free-form appliqué, flip and sew, Montano piecing methods and crazy piecing long borders. There is a good discussion on assembling your blocks into a quilt top using some not so traditional methods. The rest of the book is devoted to finishing techniques, stitching and embellishing. Each author brings her own unique perspective and you will find yourself excited to try some of the methods presented. Val loves hand embroidery and she also shares hints on stitching with silk ribbon. Allie delves into the world of machine embroidery by combining stitches from your machine along with hand embroidery and embellishment. There are photo instructions for 15 crazy quilt and silk ribbon embroidery stitches. You will also learn new ways to layer, quilt and bind crazy quilts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607057710
  • Publisher: C & T Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/1/2014
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 406,273
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Allie Aller, author of the best-selling Allie Aller’s Crazy Quilting, has been a fiber girl all her life. Crazy quilting took over her life in 2001 and has brought her immense joy. She lives in Washington.
Valerie Bothell is a long-time teacher of crazy quilting who always looks forward to every opportunity to share her love of crazy quilting.

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Table of Contents

Dedication
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Crazy
Quilt Construction
Making Blocks and Borders
Freezer Paper Template
Appliqué
Freeform Appliqué
Cardstock Crazy Piecing
Flip and Sew
Montano Piecing Methods
Crazy Piecing Long
Borders
Finishing
Techniques
Block Settings and Border
Arrangements
Wholecloth and Piecing Assembly
Techniques
Interfaced, Quilted, Tied (Inside and Out), and Buttoned
Piecing onto Polar Fleece
Alternative Binding Techniques
Stitching and Embellishing
Hand Embroidery
Crazy Quilt Stitches
Silk Ribbon Embroidery
Even Stitching and
Embroidery Design Transfer Techniques
Machine Crazy Quilt Embroidery +
Handwork
How to Create Crazy
Quilt Embroidery by Machine
Adding Handstitching,
Beading, and Painting
Embellishing Trim and
PreMade Flowers
The Projects
A Little Bit Crazy
Val….Crazy Bow Ties
Allie…Crazy for Plaid
Amish Wool Crazy
Val…Amish Bouquet
Allie…Ode to the Amish
Workingman's Crazy
Val…Fond Memories
Allie…Morning Chores
Fan-tastic
Val…Oriental Garden
Allie…Color Block Fans
Historically Crazy
Val…I Dream in Pink
Allie…My Washougal Dream
Resources
About the Authors

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