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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press; First edition (March 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760340099
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760340097
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #860,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is colorfully presented and well-written. I enjoyed seeing all of the vintage imagery and even learned a few things. Take a look. – Quilting Arts, March 2008
The history of the crazy is as colorful as the fabrics and stitches used in its creation. This book could have been a pedantic treatise of boring facts and dates but it’s not. A way to describe it would be that it is more lake a fascinating fabric/time treasure map. – Colorado Quilt Council Newsletter, March 2008
It’s a beautiful book…filled with many gorgeous pictures of both antique and contemporary crazy quilts to drool over. – www.patchworkquiltlife.blogspot.com, March 2008
I highly recommend this beautiful book to any and all who have even a passing interest in crazy quilts. It certainly stole my heart. – www.white-works.com, March 2008
After reading about the history of crazy quilts from their probable origin in the costume of the commedia dell'artes Harlequin through their heyday in the Victorian era to the present and after admiring page after page of brilliant, outrageous crazies, you will certainly want to create one of your own. – PieceWork Magazine, Sept/Oct. 2008
Here's your chance to get up close and personal with an amazing collection of crazies. Quilt historian Cindy Brick explains how and why Victorians spoke in a symbolic language through their needlework and follows the crazy trend through to its influence on today's quilters. The fascinating story is illustrated with beautifully photographed quilts and ephemera. Should the lure of elegant fabrics, over-the-top embellishments, and fancy embroidery stitches inspire you to start some craziness of your own, you'll find basic instructions and quirky vintage motifs. – Quilters Newsletter, Sept./Oct. 2008
This comprehensive and loving look at the crazy quilt undertakes the difficult task of determining provenance and origins, and celebrates the persistence of the form with a high degree of historical integrity and grace…This handsome volume belongs on the shelf of any quilter touched by this rich tradition. Which in all likelihood includes all of us. – www.Quiltchannel.com, October 2008

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"Everyone should have a copy of this book, especially those who work exclusively with crazy quilts. It is a great resource that you can refer to when our creativity is in a slump. It is definitely a book that belongs in your home library." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Cindy Brick has penned an excellent book on the history of crazy quilting.
Herbal Betty
I have a dozen or more books solely dedicated to crazy quilts and this one is an excellent addition to my library.
K. Lowe
Cindy's knowledge is certainly expert, and the quality of the photos is amazing.
J Svenson

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Linda McKnight on May 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is an absolute must for every quilter or quilt collector. The historical information is excellent, as are the photos and technical information. Even if you're not interested in making a crazy quilt, this book is beautiful to look at. I have it as a coffee table book as well as for reference.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Herbal Betty on August 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Cindy Brick has penned an excellent book on the history of crazy quilting. I lecture and teach crazy quilting around the country and appreciate the hard work she has put into this tome. Dealing with the history of a specific needlework technique can get a little dry, but Cindy has remedied that by putting humorous passages throughout this stunningly photographed book. This is a definite must-have for your library.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Lowe on April 28, 2008
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I have a dozen or more books solely dedicated to crazy quilts and this one is an excellent addition to my library. I was happy to see so many new ideas and photos of vintage crazy quilts I had not yet seen. I recommend it.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amy O. Korn on February 27, 2008
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Cindy Brick has created a one of a kind resource for crazy quilt lovers, quilt historians and appraisers and the contemporary quilt maker! Well photographed and researched, her book brings to the quilt world new and valuable information and techniques. A must-have title for all serious members of the quilt world!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patrice Fagnant-macarthur VINE VOICE on January 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I love quilting and I have heard of crazy quilts but I was never quite sure what they were or how to make them. This book answered all my questions. Author Cindy Brick offers a fascinating history of crazy quilts as well as instructions on how to make your own. This book is useful for anyone who loves quilting or who has an interest in American social history or textile history. It is a beautiful book you will want to look at again and again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J Svenson on April 3, 2011
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If you have any interest in the history of Crazy quilts, this book is an absolute must for your library! Cindy's knowledge is certainly expert, and the quality of the photos is amazing. If you make Crazy Quilts, you'll find hundreds of ideas from those wonderful illustrations and be totally inspired. A chapter on basic instructions, also well written, is also included. I purchased both the hard and soft cover so that I could study, highlight, etc., the paperback and let it get "beat up" a little, and have a perfect copy in my library. Worth every penny!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Gholson on February 2, 2009
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I really enjoyed the history of crazy quilts which Cindy Brick does an excellent job of explaining. I am going to be taking a crazy quilt class and believe that knowing the history will help in selecting the fabric and trimming. She gives very easy to understand explanations of how to create your own crazy quilt.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janet Larson on January 31, 2012
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This book is one of the best books ever written on the subject of "Crazy Quilts".
Cindy Brick is well versed in all aspects of this quilt style. Her historical research is impeccable. Her ability to convey the style and spirit of the quilts is delightful.
My personal library contains almost all of the books ever published on the subject of Crazy Quilts. I own many antique crazies; have made several award winners myself; teach techniques and have met the author.
This book is as good as it gets on the subject.
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