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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.
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About 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.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Nancy Kirk
Part One The History of the Crazy Quilt
Origins of the Crazy Style
Early American Crazy Style
America’s Oldest Dated Crazy Quilt?
The Emergence of the Crazy Trend
The Rise of the Crazy Trend
Popular Crazy Themes
The Flame Burns Low
Crazies in the Twentieth Century
Quilting Crazy in Modern Times
Part Two How to Make a Crazy Quilt
Planning Your Quilt
Cutting the Background Foundation
Three Piecing Methods
Joining Your Crazy Patchwork Units
Finishing Your Crazy
Embroidering and Embellishing Your Crazy Quilt
Appendix Embroidery Motifs
About the Author
Cindy Brick learned just how addictive these oddball creatures of the quilting world can be about ten years ago. She had been aware of them earlier, but when a job change allowed her time to take over the editor's position for the Crazy Quilt Society newsletter, she jumped in with enthusiasm, but without realizing what a consuming passion crazies would become.
Over the years, her exploration of the history of Crazy quilting has led her to new theories about the origins of the art form, which are mysteries that have long intrigued all of us who love these unique quilts.
If you are new to Crazy quilting, as a collector, a scholar, or a quilter, you are embarking on a never-boring, never-ending journey with wonderful visual adventures around every corner. As you turn the pages of this "common sense" history of Crazy quilts, you will meet quilters who broke all the rules of quilting. They invented a form of abstract art a generation before the painters who became famous for it.
If you have been in love with Crazy quilts for years or decades, you will see them anew as Cindy explores the development of the form over time. You'll find something new in every quilt-look closely. As a quilter, you will find techniques to adapt in your quilts today. As a collector, you'll see great examples of the breadth and depth of thefield.
As I have studied crazy quilts over the years, I've found parallels in other art forms. Crazy quilts are to patchwork quilts what jazz is to a symphony. Jazz is improvisational, but works within a structure. The final result is most noticeable for the individual touches the artist brings to the underlying foundation of the melody, rhythm, and key.
Similarly, Crazy quilts build on a foundation, use a structure of blocks or wholecloth style, and may borrow elements of "sane" quilts, like sashing and borders. But within those most basic elements of structure the artist takes off on a flight of fancy, adding stitches, embellishments, ribbons, charms, buttons, fabrics, yarns-even animals, toys, and more.
I always tell my beginning crazy-quilt students that I have three rules for Crazy quilting:
1) There are no rules.
2) Always underlap velvets (the opposite of overlap).
3) Crazy quilts are the one thing in life where more is more. In almost all other aspects of our lives, less is more-in design, architecture, eating-we are advised "moderation in all things." Crazy quilts are the exception. They get better the more you add, and a crazy quilt is only done when you can't stand working on it anymore.
Cindy Brick has learned these lessons well. Now she is sharing a decade of study and research with all of us. Enjoy!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have many books on crazy quilts, but still wanted this one, very inspirational.
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