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Motifs for Crazy Quilting: Techniques for Embroidering and Embellishing Crazy Quilts Paperback – October 1, 2002

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Michler is the author of several books on crazy quilting, including the Magic of Crazy Quilting, an excellent introduction to the craft. This volume concentrates on surface embellishments for crazy quilts, teaching a variety of techniques that include appliqu , beading, punch-needle embroidery, couching, cross-stitch, creating dimensional clothing, making fabric flowers, outline stitchery, shadow work, silk ribbon embroidery, tambour work, trapunto, white work, and wool embroidery. Each technique is described and illustrated in some detail, but at the heart of the book are hundreds of motifs clearly outlined on light paper so they can easily be traced and used in making crazy quilts. Although the steps in the process are reviewed here briefly, readers new to the craft will want to start with Michler's earlier book or with Judith Baker Montano's Crazy Quilt Handbook. An excellent choice for all public library quilting collections.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publ; 1st edition (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087349427X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873494274
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,017,620 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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I love this book. Sure, I could find many pictures in other books but this one has the motif outlines by catagory. If you know nothing about some CQ techniques, get a different book.

This book shows how to transfer your designs, how to create your own alphabet and has lots of designs to copy. Many flowers, bugs, dragons and such. Some surface techniques I had not done. (a vintage lady with 3D clothes)

This book is a joy.
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I've read and own several books on crazy quilting. THIS IS THE BEST!! It has tons of information on embroidery stitches, motifs (patterns, sorta) and instructions. Michler is a knowledgeable author and I highly recommend any of her books on crazy quilting but this is my personal favorite.
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To be honest, I checked this out of my library twice before I finally resolved to buy it. Money well spent as I have used this book over and over again. Lots of ideas and lots of motifs to trace and use.
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Marsha Michler's The Magic of Crazy Quilting: A Complete Resource for Embellished Quilting is my favorite over-all book on crazy quilting, so I bought Motifs for Crazy Quilting with high expectations. They were met. I make it a rule never to review craft books I haven't actually used and I have already used one of the motifs in this book.

Crazy quilting is the art of randomly patched quilting that is then embellished with embroidery, ranging from line stitches around the patches to full landscapes and motifs, ranging from the miniature to painting size placed on the quilt. This book concentrates on various motifs and classes of motifs. The user must already know how to embroider as no stitches are included and must have some knowledge of embroidery techniques. Michler does cover tools, threads, motifs, techniques and transfer methods. The glory of this book is in the ideas for motifs and the line drawings that can be converted into motifs for your own quilt. Michler also encourages the reader to draw their own motifs and provides some instruction in how to go about this. Surface embroidery, punch needle, applique, alphabets and most importantly some patterns for making the universal fans are included in this book. Good sources for silk threads and materials are also included. Recommended to serious crazy quilters with experience of embroidery and quilting.
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I recently purchased J.Marsha Michler's Crazy Quilting, The Complete Guide and at the same time I purchased Motifs for Crazy Quilting, Techniques for Embroidering and Embellishing crazy quilts. These two books go hand in hand to become the very heart of your crazy quilting library. Motifs for Crazy Quilting is more than just motifs. It is the greatest motivational publication for you to feast your eyes and get your head spinning on fantastics ideas for embellishment.

This book concentrates on providing motifs for embroidery to compliment and enhance your seam embellishments. There are so many fantastic motifs available in this book, you really won't need to search for anything more. It's all here. From subjects such as animals, flowers, fans, feathers, fruits, hearts, horses, shells, spiders, trees, vegies, water and wreaths and lots more I haven't mentioned here, there is simply no motif idea left unexplored. Together with these very fine hand drawn motifs, come some great tips on how to use them, where they are best placed on your cloth, the types of threads recommended for use and lots more ideas and information.

The illustrations and photographs are very high quality and are easy to see and understand. I thoroughly recommend this publication as a companion to J.Marsha Michler's Crazy Quilting - The Complete Guide. They belong together!
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Another excellent book by Marsha Michler. Wonderful motifs that one can add to their crazy quilt. It sparks ones imagination. If you are looking for ideas this is a great place to start.
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This is a great book for finding embroidery designs. There is a great variety, well categorized for easy access. The patterns are adaptable to many sizes and applications with good information on how to transfer them to your project. Nice photography and demonstration of techniques. This book goes teh gamut from just line stitching to applying cross stitch and needlepoint to plain cotton. Very worthwhile for embroiderers and crazy quilters.
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I found many motifs and techniques for the crazy quilt I am making. So many different ideas to use and copy to my squares. I am very pleased with the book and would tell anyone else to buy it, it's sure worth it!
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