In a word, Crazy Quilting is wonderful. The book's format is easy to use, with a hard cover and spiral binding that allows the pages to lie flat no matter where you open the text, making it easy to keep instructions front and center as you work. Crazy Quilting measures a little more than 5-1/2" x 7-1/2", so it doesn't require much space on your bookshelf.
The author leads you through ten different methods that can be used to make a crazy quilt, and you'll find that there's something for every skill level and every purpose.
Pay close attention to the introduction of each method, because she describes projects that are best suited to that particular technique, whether it's a good choice for beginners, how it relates to the other nine choices and its overall pros and cons.
Once you've chosen a technique, you'll work through the tutorial in a step-by-step manner, with lots of color photographs to help guide you.
Get Ready to Crazy Quilt
You'll find the tools you need to choose fabrics, threads, and foundations. The author discusses color and helps you gain inspiration from the things you see around you. She also helps you select tools and organize a handy workspace.
Stitches, Stitches, and More Stitches
A nice chunk of the book is devoted to embroidery stitches. The illustrations at the beginning of the embroidery section depict groups of threads, ribbons, and other embellishments, making it easy to compare their scales.
The author guides you through the selection and use of each material.
Stitch illustrations are much larger than in many other books and are accompanied by descriptive text — a helpful combination.
Appliqué, beads, buttons, tassels, cording, lace, punch needle and much more are included in this book.
The author shows you how to paint and stamp ribbons and fabrics for one-of-a-kind designs. She describes marbling, couching and machine work, too.
Finishing Your Crazy Quilt
The author doesn't neglect finishing tasks. You'll find a well-written basics section with the information you need to add borders and complete your crazy quilt.
Crazy Quilting is packed with all the information you need to make a quilt. You'll find helpful tips on every page of the book, a load of encouragement, and a good dose of inspiration from the color photos.
Beginners and experienced crazy quilt fans won't be disappointed with J. Marsha Michler's guidance — it's a must-have for your library.
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