By Cindy Brick
Made of the best silks, satins, and velvets and stitched including tricky embroidery, the loopy cover is a testomony to quilters’ wealthy mind's eye and artistry. this gorgeous ebook lines the bewitching heritage of “Crazies” from their earliest origins to the current day. special quilting instructor and appraiser Cindy Brick follows the loopy duvet from colonial instances, the Civil warfare, the Victorian period, and during this present day, deciphering the secret and that means of those curious quilts.
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Additional resources for Crazy Quilts: History - Techniques - Embroidery Motifs
These fabrics are pieced, appliquéd, and otherwise fitted on a fabric background for the most popular method. But Crazies can also be pieced in other ways, including no fabric foundation at all! The oldest Crazies were generally pieced and embellished by hand, though machines contributed their share of beautiful work, both for home techniques and commercial embellishments. Today’s Crazies may be completely stitched by hand, completely by machine, or both. But whatever its makeup, construction, or style, the Crazy is a perfect starting point for exploration and creation.
Hall awards pride of place to a square with uneven patches sewn sparingly across it. Her description of it says, “This is a sample of original American patchwork as conceived by our early Colonial mothers. With the frugality necessary in the early days of our country, they cut from worn and discarded woolen clothing the patches of material yet intact and considered useful, and sewed them together ‘crazy fashion’ and with a back and padding or interlining . . ” Two women machine-sew a crazy-patched quilt in this 1890s hand-colored photograph.
From the foregoing, we can readily see how the first quilt, the Crazy Quilt came into being. Though other early twentieth-century historians agreed with Robertson, modern quilt historians have dismissed this idea. Lynne Z. Bassett points out in Northern Comfort: New England’s Early Quilts 1780–1850: The romantic historians of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries have created an enduringly sentimental vision of early New England quilting. From the beginning of settlement, they assumed, New England women could be found frugally piecing quilts from bits of leftover cloth .