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Everything old is new again! Trends in quilting appear to be no exception. Crazy Quilts--apparently all the rage in the "90's" a hundered years ago are once again a very popular venue of artistic expression amongst quilters today.

These lavish beauties appeared on the world scene amidst the Victorian Era, and provided a showcase for women to display their needlework talents. Combining quilt piecing in a random fashion, with beautiful embroidery, these "quilts" became decorative pieces in a household--in sharp contrast to the other more utilitarian and practical quilts which were commonly made outside of this "craze."

Crazy quilting seems to have been a relatively short-lived trend of the 19th Century, perhaps owing to their being considered rather a frivolous use of time and textiles. We have some beautiful examples of Crazy Quilts of the past from which we can draw inspiration for our own modern masterpieces--some of these are even here in cyberspace. There are still others documented in books. Some of what I've found will be presented here, and hopefully this page will be a good starting point in your own research on CQ's.

See also "CQ history" Victorian Crazy Quilts

Crazie's on the Internet

For starters, take a look at some lovely examples of crazy quilts.


Resources for Making Your Own Crazy Quilt

Sure you can do it! If you can sew pieces of fabric down to another piece of fabric you can make a crazy quilt. It doesn't have to be a giant, bed-sized quilt. You can make just a little picture, or maybe a little bit larger size wall-hanging. You can even make your crazy quilt into something to wear--like a vest, or a jacket--or something useful (though beautiful!) like a tea cozy. The possible uses for CQ are limited only by your imagination. So go for it!


Some Examples for Inspiration.


Small Crazy Quilt

made by members of our Crazy Quilt E-mail list.
Here's a CQ block made by
Mrs Meanie!
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Needlecase pattern
Priscilla's crazy quilt vest,
made by members of the Crazy Quilt E-mail List.
More
Crazy Quilt Vest links.
From Vest Round Robin I
Julie Hocking's
Crazy Quilt Vest

Recommended reference books for Crazy Quilting.
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Last update: 06/24/99--
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Index of Donation CQ Blocks



Online Sources for Instruction and Supplies.

Embroidery Stitches Illustrated
TWEBEADS - Beads for Use in Fancy Work
Evening Star Designs
The Kirk Collection
Dharma Trading Company
Victorian Cottage Treasures (Canada)
Free Crazy Quilt Block Designs
Thai Silks.
"Crazy Quilt Central"
Shipwreck Beads
Web of Thread
The Ribbonerie
Wyndham Needleworks
Crazy Quilt E-mail List (Click on "Mail Lists")
Victorian Pleasures Silk Ribbon & CQ Supplies
The Button Emporium
Crochet Motifs To Make
Tatting Links & Ring
Country Yarns (Crochet Books and Leaflets)
Crazy Quilters Home Pages
The Shoppe
Gorgeous hand-dyed threads!
Link to Nancy Eha's Book: "Off The Beadin' Path"
Brazilian Embroidery
Ribbon Smyth
Fire Mountain Gems - Great source for beads!
Needle In a Haystack
Hot Potatoes Rubber Stamps
Dress It Up - Fun Buttons for CQing.
Calontir Trim Caravan - The Motherlode of Trims
Herrschners Online Catalogue
The Caron Threads Collection
EQuilter.com - Good source for fabrics.
Fabrics to Dye For - Excellent source for dyes, books, etc.
Lark Books
Bag Lady Purse Frames
"Newbie EBoard"
NEWBIE to CQ? Check here for great tips!
Kreinik Threads
GailBird.com
A Punch Needle Embroidery site
HomeSew.com
Lace, charms, buttons - great prices!
Kari Me Away Designs
Beautiful silk prints & More




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