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Crazy Quilting - The Complete Guide Spiral-bound – April 8, 2008

4.5 out of 5 stars 95 customer reviews

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About the Author

J. Marsha Michler is an accomplished researcher, designer and writer. She is the author of several books on crazy quilting, including The Magic of Crazy Quilting, 2nd Edition, Crazy Quilts by Machine, Crazy Quilted Heirlooms and Gifts, Motifs for Crazy Quilting, Crazy Quilt Decor and the author of a new beading book, Bead & Wire Art Jewelry.
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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publ (April 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896895203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896895201
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.2 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #520,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

J. Marsha Michler has authored 13 printed books on the topics of crazy quilting, jewelry, knitting, and needlearts, and 8 ebooks on crazy quilting, embroidery, and silk ribbon embroidery. She has written many articles for magazines and has won quilt awards for her crazy quilts. Primarily a studio artist, sporadic teaching has consisted of limited national venues, and online classes in embroidery, crazy quilting, and jewelry-making. Actively pursuing quilting, crazy quilting, embroidery, drawing, fiber spinning, knitting, photography, fiction writing, poetry, and website design, in her spare time she gardens, builds stone walls, and enjoys ballroom dancing and travel. She resides creatively in the beautiful foothills of Southern Maine with her husband and dog. She invites readers to join her on facebook to enjoy her extensive photo galleries, and to visit her website: http://www.jmarshamichler.com

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Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
This book is the BEST that I have found on crazy quilting! I have quite a collection of books on this subject and if I could keep only one, this would be it! Beautiful, well illustrated, great explanations. It has all the answers. And to make it even better, it is ring-bound so that it lies flat which makes it so easy to use. This book gets an A+ (from a strict grader)!
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A lot of information is packed in this compact, spiral-bound book. Its smaller size makes it ideal to pack in a tote. Marsha knows her medium well. Lots of eye-candy, good instructions, lots of useful instruction.

I am a dedicated crazy-quilter, too. Of all the books available on the craft, I would highly recommend this new book. Hers, plus Carole Samples' "Treasury of Crazy Quilt Stitches" are the two must-have books for any serious reference.
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THIS BOOK HAS GONE IMMEDIATELY INTO MY TRAVEL-TIME CRAFT BAG!
IT'S A TERRIFIC RESOURCE AND THE SIZE AND BINDING MAKE IT IDEAL FOR USE ON TRIPS.

THE AUTHOR IS SO KNOWLEDGEABLE AND EXPLAINS THINGS SO WELL THAT I'VE COME TO ADMIRE HER WORK AND USE HER BOOKS FOR REFERENCES WHEN I CRAZY-QUILT, WHICH I LOVE TO DO AT HOME BY MACHINE OR ON THE ROAD BY HAND. THIS IS IDEAL FOR PEOPLE AT EITHER BEGINNER OR INTERMEDIATE LEVEL.
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I bought this book because I am making my first crazy quilt. The embellishing techniques explained in this book are easy to understand and the pictures are inspirational. I can't imagine making a quilt without this guide book.
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Excellent book with clear instructions and drawings. I like that the book can lay flat so that one can follow the instructions easily. The size is also great as one can travel with it easily. A great buy, I highly recommend it.
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I've been crazy quilting (or is it quilting crazy) for many years now and have a very good crazy patchwork library to prove it! Crazy Quilting is all about embellioshment ideas. And there's endless ideas out there on how you can embellish a simple piece of cloth into a wonderous extravaganza and feast for the eyes. To that end I like to have a lot of resources at my fingertips to delve into and get inspirations. This publication, Crazy Quilting, The Complete Guide, is one of the very best in it's genre, and J. Marsha Michler must be congratulated on a publication that simply "says it all" and in such an organised manner.

For me, the most valuable thing about this book is that it is spirally bound, which means it will lay flat on my lap, or on my desk, or on my car seat, where ever I may be stitching. That's really important to me! Next, I have found it very easy to navigate my way through this book as it is compiled in an order that even a crazy quilter can follow!! (Pun intended!). After the usual introduction and basics, J.Marsha has investigated ten ways to patch a crazy quilt. There are options to crazy patch a landscape, using strip piecing, a collage method and stained glass just a few. From there you head into a wonderful gallery of achievements, some truly beyond belief. Then Embroidery by Hand is discussed, particularly mentioned are very useful embroidery tips.

From here there is a wonderful large section on Stitch combinations and variations and I think this book stands alone in it's presentation of stitches and how they can be used in a crazy quilting setting. From Back Stitches to Straight stitches (A-Z) and everything in between, each stitch technique is illustrated, and then variations are explored, creating very new and different patterns to inspire.
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I loved this book! I have several books with crazy quilting stitches, but this covers so much more than just the embroidery. The spiral binding (inside the hard cover) makes it easy to keep the book open to view directions while stitching. I'll be using this as the text for a class I teach in Crazy Quilting.
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Glad I found this. I needed the info about finishing and backing as I have not been able to find it yet. Do not know if same info is in Judy Montano's first crazy quilt book, as I do not own it. The guide to stitches is not as comprehensive as Judy Montano's new small book that is just about stitches. I like the size. It is easy to carry around for reference so I can take projects on the road. It is perfect for what I wanted and needed right now.
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