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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing (January 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607057174
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607057178
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clouston, an Australian quilt teacher who grew up in South Africa, presents her fabulous crazy quilt composed of colorful fabrics cut in hexagons, then embroidered, beaded, and beribboned. In her introduction, she explains the imprint of her family and their varied lands on her, and she briefly describes the history of crazy quilts: what began as garish in the age of Queen Victoria became a "gentle art"; nevertheless, she allows, it "is time-consuming...and a little indulgent." Clouston lists her preferred threads and needles, cites no-no's (avoid too many patterns), offers tips, and instructs in methods such as foundation piecing. The body of the book details the 25 blocks in her hexagon-based quilt. She then describes how to take each stitch, whether threaded with perle cotton or twisted silk, whether Colonial or French knots, whether embellished with beads or rickrack. In the closing gallery, Clouston pictures variations - bags, box, and cozy - on the crazy quilt t heme. Throughout, pictures and graphics (hexagon patterns are given in the back) are maximal; text minimal. (Publishers Weekly, November 4, 2013)

Nothing shows off beautiful stitching and embellishments like the blank canvas of a crazy quilt. Jennifer Clouston's gorgeously illustrated primer, Foolproof Crazy Quilting, introduces your customers to the joys of making their own heirloom crazy quilts. Learn how to pick fabric, threads and needles. Learn how to piece crazy quilt blocks and how to embroider with thread, ribbons, beads and other embellishments. Includes complete instructions for over 100 embroidery, beading, and embellishment stitches, full-size patterns for 9 hexagonal crazy quilt blocks, and 25 stitch keys showing proper stitch selection for 25 different blocks. (FabShop News, 1/7/14)

Crazy quilting can be very free-form and experimental, but there are some essential fundamental techniques which can be finicky and hard to master. Jennifer Clouston's book attempts to demystify the processes involved, and does so very successfully. An interesting potted overview of crazy quilting leads on to effective guides on materials, foundation piecing and seam treatment, and also a rather brilliant idea for storing scissors and thimbles for easy access, which we won't give away here... There's an almost forensic dissection of the constituent parts and techniques for many blocks, accompanied by some excellent, detailed photographs, that will prove extremely instructive and informative for quilters of all levels. Overall the book is a good exploration of a sometimes overlooked, but nevertheless fascinating, area of quilting. (Popular Patchwork Magazine, May 2014)

About the Author

Jenny Clouston lives on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. She shares her home with her husband Vaughn, two small white dogs, George and Gemsquash, and Charlotte, the cat. Her two adult children, Gareth and Ainslie, have recently flown the nest.  

Customer Reviews

I can't wait to get started.
L. A. Lussier
One of the best Crazy Quilting book that I have seen.
Peggie Carlile
Very clear instructions and I love all the pictures!
Patricia Howell

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By P. Hinkle on January 19, 2014
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This book arrived about two weeks ago and I love all the illustrations. Some say these illustrations are too small but if they were larger the book would be very heavy with the added pages. I have already traced my hexagons out on muslin and made five of them while my friend who is visiting has learned foundation piecing and has made six already so she can embellish them on her trip home. Really love the book and the thoughtfulness that went into it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By N A WHITEMAN on January 15, 2014
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Very well laid out - clear instructions and pictures- different ideas and different stitches used together - I would recommend it to anybody into embroidery or crazy quilting. Great book
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Peggie Carlile on January 18, 2014
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One of the best Crazy Quilting book that I have seen. Instructions great, pictures great, just an excellent book for those interested in Crazy Quilting. Can't go wrong with this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. M. Burklin on July 10, 2014
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I bought this book primarily for inspiration, and there is plenty of that. I will use it as a reference for years to come. The reason I only gave it four stars is just that it focuses exclusively on hexagon blocks. I would like have seen some other options for blocks of different shapes and even strips. It's not like I have no imagination of my own, however. As I said, this book is a great reference if you're looking for some variety in embellishment techniques. I will use some of these ideas on garments as well as home decor items.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Carol DeLater on January 19, 2014
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I am so pleased with this book. As a beginner, it has really helped me get started and truly inspired me to learn new stitches. Its a great guide and I am sure experienced QC stitchers will love it too.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By O. Mallard on January 30, 2014
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Quality book with wonderful pictures and detailed explanations of piecing and embroidering for hex shapes. Absolutely love it. Am working on a hex shaped quilt now so will come in handy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jean A. Logston on May 27, 2014
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This is a great book--the best instructions for crazy patchwork ever--the stitch diagrams are excellent. The stitch maps are outstanding. If you love hexies and crazy patchwork this is the best. The projects are do-able whether you make a quilt, a wall hanging, a framed work of needle art--or what ever you dream up. A great adventure awaits. jeanie
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cris Ruckman on June 9, 2014
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I liked that this book took crazy quilting in a different direction (the hexagons) with clear, detailed piecing and stitching diagrams. I'm intrigued by her "out of the box" finishing and assembly methods. I can hardly wait to try these new-to-me techniques!
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