Book Review:
Allison Aller's Crazy Quilting

Sharon Boggon 2011

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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, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9781607051732
ISBN-13: 978-1607051732
ASIN: 1607051737
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 recommend it.

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