Today we are looking at The Crazy Quilt Handbook, Revised 2nd Edition by Judith Baker Montano, a book I purchased for an amazing price during a C & T Publishing sale. (Yes, the link below is an Amazon Associate link.)
I think it is only fair to tell you that since I purchased this last fall, there is a newer edition (probably why the sale was so awesome in the first place) with new stitches and stuff. The link below is to the newer addition.
Somewhere deep down inside, I want to make a crazy quilt someday. What I don’t really want to do is hand embroidery. Yeah, I know, that sounds crazy coming from a person who likes hand piecing and hand quilting, but for some reason embroidery and I don’t click. Never have. May never.
Anyway, I purchased this book hoping to get inspired and actually get started on some kind of crazy quilt, even if it were only a table runner or mug rug. Or a Christmas tree skirt. Anyway, let’s move on to looking at this book instead of me dithering on about what I am or am not going to do in my future.
The book begins with a Preface (including a brief about the author type of description) and Acknowledgments. These are followed by Crazy Quilt Definitions and Recollections (of the author’s own crazy quilt past). Next comes Historical Perspective: The Crazy Quilt Legacy and a section called Revival, which describes a bit about the crazy quilt revival.
Then we come to the how-to part of the book with the Getting Started section. This section includes the following sub-sections: Color, Repetition and Balance, Texture, Pattern and Solids, and Selecting Fabric. Then we move on to Crazy Quilts How-To: Laying the Foundation. This describes using Plastic Window Templates, the Antique Method, and The Montano Methods (which are called Montano Centerpiece Method and Montano Fan Method). A section on Problem Solving follows.
The section called Design Elements for Successful Crazy Quilting includes information about Adapting Crazy Quilting to Garment Patterns, Begin with a Bigger Base, and Design Elements.
Of course, then comes the really good part – Embellishments. (After all, isn’t that what crazy quilting is all about?) Subsections here are Embroidery and Calligraphy although ribbons, beads, and lace also show up in this main section. And yes, this section looks like lots of fun.
Next come the projects. Most of these are smaller projects using crazy quilting, like bags and needlecases. (Maybe I could actually make a crazy quilt needlecase without a huge time commitment!) The largest project is a wall hanging.
And the final section (unless you are counting the Bibliography and Index) is the Stitch Dictionary. This version of the book includes 21 stitches, including spiderwebs and trees. (I think I need to get out a needle and thread to figure out the difference between a French Knot and a Colonial Knot.)
Usually, I don’t keep a book unless there are four or more projects in it that I would really like to do. Although this book has projects (and maybe I’d do one or two of them, sort of), I look at it as more of a reference book that I will keep.
Unless I decide to get the newer version!