|Title: Crazy Quilting: Modern Piecing & Embellishing Techniques
for Joyful Stitching
Author: Allison Ann Aller
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: C&T Publishing; Large type edition edition (February 16,
Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
Allie Aller's Crazy Quilting is subtitled Modern Piecing &
Embellishing Techniques for Joyful Stitching. The noticeably key word is
modern; right from the start, even in the acknowledgements,
Allie pays attention to the modern world including online resources.
Although deeply influenced by tradition, there is no harking back to the
nostalgic world of Victorian sentimentality. Instead, Allie focuses on
contemporary piecing techniques, creating your own fabrics on a home ink jet
printer, contemporary products like waste canvas, iron on ink jet transfer
sheets, and fused Angelina.
After covering the basics of what is needed in the way of fabric and
equipment, Allie covers a number of piecing techniques including curved
piecing. The next step is to embellish the surface of the block and Allie
demonstrates embellishing with ribbon, rick rack, Angelina, and beads. There
is all sorts of useful advice, tips, techniques, and even how to attach
items that don't have a hole in them to your quilt.
This is one of those rare books that can help two types of readers;
novice and experienced. Any new hand to crazy quilting will learn much
and feel capable of attempting crazy quilting, particularly since there are
a number of projects included in the book. Experienced crazy quilters will
also be well rewarded, since the focus on contemporary techniques means that
it is not a re-hash of standard techniques. I feel that old hands will
be particularly inspired by the gallery pieces sourced from crazy quilters
all over the globe.
Allie is a friend, but even if I did not know her I would not hesitate to