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My mother taught me to embroider when I was around eleven. I enjoyed it then, and I love it now. Crazy quilts -- with their rich fabrics, creative embroidery stitches, fun embellishments -- have fascinated me since the first moment I discovered them.

My favorite embellishment (besides the embroidery) are buttons. I remember sifting through my grandmother's button box. Joy! That box became my treasure trove and started me collecting buttons. Now I own two button boxes and a drawer organizer filled with rainbow colors and unique patterns.

 
 

The first quilts I look for in a quilt show are the Crazy Quilts with their lovely embroidery, lace inserts and appliqué. Some of them I view again and again, amazed to find a previously missed piece of stitchery or some small tidbit snuggled in the quilt design.

 

Crazy Quilt

Crazy Quilt

I feel fortunate to have won these Block-of-the-Month quilt blocks at my quilt guild's monthly raffle. The first block (top left) I sewed; and since I needed one more block to complete the setting, I sewed the middle block in the second row. Star fabrics (one green and one black) form the inner lattice and outside border. I tied the layers together with three-generations of buttons -- my grandmother's, my mother's and my own. The buttons make excellent conversation starters. It's amazing how many people love buttons or have collections of their own. 

Below are close-up photos of some of the quilt blocks. The fabrics vary from square to square: cotton, faux leather, brocade, velvet, silk, satin. Some quilters preferred to embellish their blocks with metallic thread or hand- or machine-embroidery. Other quilters used ribbons, lace, beads, buttons and even satin piping.


Dawn's Crazy Quilt Block

Crazy Quilt Block

Crazy Quilt Block

Crazy Quilt Block

 

Books about Crazy Quilting

I keep buying Crazy Quilt and embroidery books! Soon I'll have to dedicate a shelf to them. I find that each book offers a different twist on embroidery designs or crazy-patch sewing. They spark my creative energies, too.


 

 

 

 

 

The Magic of Crazy Quilting

Crazy Quilts by Machine

The Crazy Quilt Handbook

Motifs for Crazy Quilting

Barbara Randles
More Crazy Quilting with Attitude

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches

Elegent Stitches

Silk Ribbon Embroidery Bible

Beaded Crazy
Quilting

Beading on Fabric

 

These books are not meant as advertisements. They are to demonstrate the variety of publications available on the subject of Crazy Quilting. Have fun exploring!

Copyright 2000 Dawn Lesley Stewart