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Crazy Shortcut Quilts: Quilt as You Go and Finish in Half the Time! [Paperback]

Marguerita McManus , Sarah Raffuse
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Book Description

July 6, 2007
Crazy Shortcut Quilts combines the look of a "Crazy Quilt" with the ease of quilt-as-you-go, so that every single quilt is unique and yet very easily made!

The quilt as you go process uses the decorative stitches of the sewing machine to do the quilting.  There's no need to learn free motion quilting when your sewing machine can do all the quilting for you, using beautiful threads and decorative stitches!

From beginners to experts, all quilters will love the opportunity to have a finished quilt in just hours, using small, manageable pieces of fabrics that are joined in a unique and soft manner.

The book contains solid advice about fabric selection to coordinate your quilts with your home décor, and provides time estimates for finishing each quilt.

Learn how to make a gorgeous, reversible, quilt using fabrics that enhance your decor, quilted with all the beautiful stitches on your sewing machine.

Most quilt books teach you how to make just a quilt top, and offer no fabric selection advice.

Crazy Shortcut Quilts approaches quilting from a "new rules" point of view, teaching you about fabrics, cutting, a new way of creating a "crazy block", and unique quilting tips.  The sashing method looks tailored and smooth, and yet is simple and easy!

Experience the joy of making your first completely finished quilt in a very short time, and the satisfaction of finally having a use for all the gorgeous decorative stitches that you sewing machine has!

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From the Author

Over the years we've made about one hundred of these quilts, and we've expanded the techniques to two new books as well. We often hear from quilters who have made many, many quilts using the methods taught in the book, and quite a few have gone on to teach the process at their local quilt shops, community schools, quilt guilds, girl scouts and more.

If you really want to finish your own quilts, and you'd like to use the decorative stitches on your sewing machine, this is the book for you!

Check out our two newer books for more project ideas:  The book "Finish (almost) Any Quilt" teaches how to use our quilt-as-you-go process on traditional block patterns and "Quilt As You Go {reimagined} teaches you how to make modern looking quilts (it's all about showing off the fabrics) using slight twists to the block joining process.

Both authors, Sarah and Marguerita, blog and post on Facebook and we invite you to visit our website, where we feature photos of quilts made using the methods in our book that are sent to us by our quilting readers.

Contact information for us is on our website and we'd love to hear from you!  Questions?  Email us!  If you've made one of our quilts, we would just love to feature it on the blog and website!

About the Author

Marguerita started out as a machine quilter using a home sewing machine, and then went professional, using longarm, mid-arm and short arm systems and finally settled into quilt-as-you-go and writing and publishing books.

Sarah loves making new designs in the Crazy Shortcut process and she makes many quilts a year for herself, friends and for charity. Sarah lives in Anchorage, Alaska with her husband and two daughters and is a busy stay at home mom.

Marguerita is now retired from full time work and she enjoys traveling, giving trunk shows of finished quilts, writing, publishing and making videos.

You can see their most recent quilts, projects and books on their website & blog and on their Facebook Page.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publications; Later Reprint...1970s???? edition (July 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896895475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896895478
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This method is fun and easy. October 7, 2007
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I have already made two quilts with this method, when I took a class from one of the authors. When you get done, it's already quilted! The authors give good directions on how to cut and sew, and many block ideas to make a variety of quilts, each with clear instructions. It's also a fun way to use pretty threads and all of the embroidery patterns on your machine. And it's perfect for fat quarters. Mind you, this is a shortcut method, so don't expect it to teach you how to do exquisite, hand quilted and embroidered crazy quilts. If you want to do that, you need to check out Judith Montano's books. I'm glad the authors wrote this book, because I needed refreshing on how to do it. But I got more than that; it's full of new ideas!
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80 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alaskan Quilters shares their Secrets April 1, 2008
The mother/daughter team of Marguerita McManus and Sarah Raffuse have created "Crazy Shortcut Quilts - Quilt as You Go in Half the Time!". But after reading the book, there is much more to it than that! Their techniques can be incorporated into any project - and there are times they should be embraced by every quilter - you just may not know it yet!

Many of us are involved in organizations that are making quilts for kids, babies, soldiers, cancer patients, etc. These are wonderful programs that make us proud to be quilters. But, they also can become expensive. Most of us are quite willing to donate fabric and sew, but few of us have the ability to machine quilt these donations. Paying for the machine quilting has become a problem. Not anymore!

Marguerita and Sarah show you how to piece blocks - quilt them - and THEN sew the quilted blocks together to complete your quilt. Since the quilting follows the seams of the pieced blocks, anyone can do it - no meandering required!

It is the perfect opportunity to use up all of those scraps of batting. And then there is the decorative stitching! Many of us have paid way too much for a sewing machine that had all of the bells and whistles - but don't quite remember what we were planning on doing with all of those stitches! No more! Marguerita and Sarah use these decorative stitches to machine quilt their projects and enhance their quilts. And, as an added bonus, any imperfections are disguised if you stray from the seam line.

The threads can be changed on every seam so you may actually use up THAT stash as well!

Since the blocks are quilted individually - and then sewn together - it is possible for anyone to quilt even a queen sized quilt the very first time! After the initial machine quilting - which is done in manageable sizes - the blocks are sewn together with straight seams. You just roll up the rows and stitch!
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm impressed January 29, 2009
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I started machine quilting many years ago when it was considered taboo. I did a lot of experimenting on my own and have bought a lot of quilt-as-you-go books as the method has became more and more acceptable. So, I have tried about every method out there and have made some very nice quilts. The difference with the method in this book is in the carefree cutting of the blocks and the actual quilt construction. The piecing and the quilting with the fancy stitches, I have done, I just didn't think to write a book about it, but the construction method is fantastic and easier than anything I have ever thought to try. The quilts in the book are just examples of what the authors have done, leaving a whole world of possibilities to explore with the process. This method is actually fun to do. I made a sample piece with a few blocks and showed it to my 92 year old mother, who would never never ever quilt on a sewing machine, and she loved it. Wants me to make a big quilt for her. This would be great fun to do with a group of carefree quilters. Buy the book and have some fun.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sewer review,Love the book, details need work, July 20, 2010
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I started sewing when I was 12, had classes in J high, had a feather weight in my 20's. Had a 1/2 million dollar sewing business in my 30's. The only thing I liked to sew was quilts. My mom and I made lots of "kansas basic depression quilts". This is the first detailed quilt book I have followed.
Returing to sewing, I have a Singer 99k ,1941, cousin to the featherweight, tougher cousin. I am using garage sale material for first quilt and it looks great.

Pros... I fell in love with the book, I hate detailed sewing,, this is very manageable. For the non precise quilt sewer this is a dream come true.
When I was confused by poor book directions about sashing, the writers sent me y tube videos that helped a lot. THIS SAVED THE DAY!!!

Very pretty book with great ideas and pics, great work for machines to do the machine quilting as you go. Works like a dream on my old basic singer 99k. You have a better machine, then it will look even better.
I loved how easy it was to drop the project and pick back up, I love now knowing how to design my own quilt.

Thank you writers for including standard measurements in the design chapter.
The local quilt store owner loved it and is getting a copy, and is having fantasy's of me teaching a class(when pigs fly).

I had to go the local quilt shop to learn to use a cutter, mat and square the blocks. Did not use the book system.
*** page 20, the pin goes in the upper right side of the fabric, cutting is done on the right side**** not clear, had to mail the writers.

***Sashing in the book is confusing, write to the authors from the webpage and they can send a y tube vidoe that is good, and really helps clarify the steps.
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Lots of good info. Haven't actually used it though.
Published 3 months ago by Lucy Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars Crazy Shortcut Quilts:
Looked like an interesting way to do a quilt.
Published 3 months ago by Penny Verdigan
5.0 out of 5 stars Some really good step-by-step directions
I really liked the step-by-step color photos illustrating the techniques found in the Crazy Chortcut Quilts: Quilt as You Go and Finish in Half the Time! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Penmouse
5.0 out of 5 stars New ideas that work
Great book, very helpful with a lot of information I'd never heard of before....but everything worked!!
Published 4 months ago by L. VanValkenburgh
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Very disappointed with this book. A waste of money.
Published 4 months ago by Elaine Tabor
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book that clearly explains quilt as you go
Excellent book that clearly explains quilt as you go. There are many different projects to choose from and it even walks you through what you need to do to create your own with... Read more
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Hi, I write simple books about making quilts using an easy quilt-as-you-go method that is popular with experienced and beginner quilters alike and I often upload videos to YouTube {under the name "CrazyShortcutQuilts"} showing parts of my books and my special techniques, .

My daughter Sarah Raffuse is my co-author. She likes to make quilts from designs that I throw away and when I show her the designs that I love, she just says "meh", so I have to make them myself. Only rarely do we both like the same design. I write the books and do the photography, she makes tons of quilts and helps me choose colors and fabrics.

We live in Alaska, USA. I do a lot on the internet and she keeps busy with two small children, an active husband and a yard full of chickens. We blog on our website and we'd love you to stop by and say "hi".

Happy Quilting,

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