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Allie Aller's Crazy Quilting: Modern Piecing & Embellishing Techniques for Joyful Stitching Paperback – March 16, 2011
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Review Source: Sew4Home
Review Date: 5/17/11
In today's world of art and crafting, 'mixed media' is all the rage. Sometimes called 'collage' or 'assemblage,' the finished creations combine textures, dimension and types of media into multi-layered masterpieces. As usual, our modern-day discovery is actually a new spin on a time-honored tradition. In this case, the Crazy Quilt is the fore-bearer of today's mixed media. And although it can look beautifully nostalgic, there is nothing old-fashioned about this very creative quilting technique. This fact is brought into amazing focus in a new book from Allie Aller: Crazy Quilting - Modern Piecing & Embellishing Techniques for Joyful Stitching. Allie took some time at a recent event to show us her book, give us a glimpse into her inspiration, and generously provide us with a copy to giveaway to a lucky Sew4Home fan. We met Allie during a quilting event at Fabric Depot right here in Portland, Oregon. Turns out Allie lives just 'up the river' (as we say in the Northwest) in Washougal, Washington, a quaint town that sits at the mouth of the famous Columbia River Gorge. We started talking about living in the country, segued into quilting-speak, and then... she brought out her brand new book. This volume is not only a wonderful primer with great step-by-step tutorials, tips, tricks and tools... it is also filled with eye-popping close-ups of Allie's amazing collages. I do not fancy myself a quilter, but I am a friend and fan of quilters everywhere, and I never cease to be amazed by the sheer artistry that goes into even the simplest quilt. So when I saw Allie's handiwork, I was stopped dead in my tracks by the intricacy and dimensional drama. I was also a little bit jealous, but I'm workin' on that! Her book is very thorough when it comes to showing and explaining the best supplies to use. And, Allie describes not just one, but a number of methods for various techniques, such as block design and piecing or image transfer. I do not fancy myself a quilter, but I am a friend and fan of quilters everywhere, and I never cease to be amazed by the sheer artistry that goes into even the simplest quilt. So when I saw Allie's handiwork, I was stopped dead in my tracks by the intricacy and dimensional drama. I was also a little bit jealous, but I'm workin' on that! Her book is very thorough when it comes to showing and explaining the best supplies to use. And, Allie describes not just one, but a number of methods for various techniques, such as block design and piecing or image transfer.
Are you crazy for Crazy Quilting? If so then you must pick up a copy of Allison Aller’s new book “Crazy Quilting – Modern Piecing & Embellishing Techniques for Joyful Stitching”. Allie Aller’s work has a contemporary spin due to her use of new techniques, fibers, fabrics, and imagery. Allison says working with these materials “really give crazy quilts an updated, contemporary look and feel, taking Crazy Quilting out of the traditional Victorian mold for good!” The book has an in-depth section on materials and tools. Learn image transfer and stenciling methods while creating your own fabrics. There are four ways to create a crazy quilt block presented in the book. The directions are easy to understand and clearly illustrated. What would a crazy quilt be without embellishment through embroidery, beading, lace and dimensional flowers? Allison’s tips on working with these materials are invaluable. The gallery section provides inspiration that will have you jumping right in on one of the seven projects found in the book and thanks to Allison’s expertise you will soon be ready to work on your own crazy quilt.
Review Source: The Appliqué Society
Review Date: 5/1/11
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I loved the discussion of using different weights and types of threads and fabrics. And loved that the focus wasn't really on seam treatments (though the seam treatment eye candy on page 38 is pretty great)...
Allie was targeting the book to sane quilters who might want to try CQ. So, she gives many ideas for making quilts of your crazy work...But, for a non-quilter like me, I found the book even more useful.
I came to CQ as an embroiderer and not a quilter, so this book is a treasury of ideas for how to quilt, finish and bind my blocks into large projects. Something I am not so good at. Without a doubt, this book was written to be used and referred to again and again. There isn't another CQ book quite like it out there.
My favorite tricks of all...are on pages 25, 30 and 99. There are 14 original crazy quilts in the gallery section many from folks that I have admired over the years. Honestly, these ladies are talented. They're each more lovely than the next.
The last part of Allie's book has six projects with step by step instructions to complete each one. I think this book will now give me the confidence to try a full quilt.
Who said not to judge a book by its cover? Forget that! The front cover and inside cover are both gorgeous! I didn't need to go any further to know my money was well spent!
But until now, we didn't know that she was an exceptional author. I can't rave enough about how gorgeous this book is, or how practical.
I'm pretty sure I will never be anywhere near as accomplished as Allie in the craft of embellished, embroidered quilts, but she really breaks things down step by step, showing individual stitches and providing simple doable projects, alongside a gallery of more advanced projects made by herself and others.
Until I made my first crazy quilt last year, I never appreciated how different crazy quilts were in their construction from the quilts I've been making for 20 years. Allie Aller's self-proclaimed mission is to create a bridge from what she calls "sane" quilting to the crazy world she knows so well. This book is a perfect introduction.
I think any quilter who wants to try this style of quilting will be well-rewarded, but that people who already make crazy quilts will also learn a lot and enjoy the projects, which include some smaller quilted objects like a pincushion and doll.
I predict right now that Allie is going to become a "star" in the world of contemporary quilts, and I'm hoping this is the first of many wonderful books.
The book is divided into seven sections that cover all aspects of Crazy Quilting:
' Collecting Your Materials and Tools
' Creating Your Own "Fabrics"
' Four Ways to Build Crazy Quilt Blocks
' Eye Candy: Embellishment!
' Gallery of Inspiration
' Work in Progress - A Crazy Quilt from Start to Finish
The author does an excellent job explaining all her techniques and augments this with lots of photos. For example, in the tools section she discusses all the different types of threads you can use, and provides many photos of various samplers that show how the threads look when they are used in stitching. This is very useful when trying to figure out what threads are needed for the look you want for your quilt.
Likewise, the embellishment section contains numerous photos of embroidery stitches and ways to use them in the quilts. She discusses how to use beads, lace, and other types of trim, as well as how to create three dimensional effects (flowers, leaves, insects). You won't want to throw out scraps of anything again!
Part of the fun with crazy quilting is using all the scraps of fabric to create a unique foundation for your embellishments. There are tons of options for the types of fabric you can use and what you can do with them - Allie discusses all of them!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Allison does a great job describing the stitches and how to do them. I love this book.Published 4 months ago by married2abikerider
Signed up for her Crazy Quilt class on Craftsy so it made sense to get the instructor's book.
I'll selling all my other crazy quilt books. This is the ONE to have. Beautiful
I really like this book of Allies. It has a lot of information in it and she has put in a lot of tips. I would recommend it highly!!Published 9 months ago by Thaine Schickedanz