I was first introduced to crazy quilt embroidery by my great-grandmother. She passed away when I was only a few months old, but I can learn about crazy quilting by examining the work she left behind.
My great-grandmother, Pauline Newcomer Legore, made the crazy patchwork quilt you see below from coat lining scraps left over from the factory where she worked.
Aren't the colors interesting? The quilt back and binding are sea green.
She made several quilts by hand, but this one has hand embroidery going over the seams as a decoration. She used the feather stitch, which is a standard stitch for crazy quilt embroidery.
Some quilters use floss of only one color. I like it that my great-grandmother used a variety of floss colors. It makes embroidered quilts more fun and interesting to examine.
Quilting was a way to recycle leftover scraps of clothing. Traditional crazy quilting did not use a pattern to arrange the scraps into specific sizes and shapes --- that's what made it crazy!
A crazy quilt embroidery project should be a fun way to relax, especially after you've been doing traditional quilting or a counted form of embroidery such as cross stitch, hardanger, or blackwork. Modern crazy quilts can also be decorated with more crewel embroidery such as lazy daisy flowers or images made with beads.
Want some fun on the computer? Try out these free online games about patchwork quilting.
Here you can learn some new skills and share your ideas about your favorite ways to embroider.
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