I have spent the last three days at the Road to California show in Ontario, California. It is a big and wonderful quilt show...and one of a minority in the USA that accepts crazy quilts in competition. This year of all the entries there was only one crazy quilt....but it was a masterpiece. It was entered in the "Traditional Other" category.
Its maker is a woman whose work I recognize from fleeting glimpses of tantalizing quilts online here and there. Her name is Gerlinde Hruzek, and I believe she resides in Arizona.
I hope that this fine lady does not mind that I post detailed photos of her quilt, All Creatures Large and Small, for the pleasure and instruction of other crazy quilters. Ms. Hruzek, you are a true inspiration!
This quilt was made entirely by hand: pieced, quilted, embroidered....there is cross stitching, needlepoint, and tatting as well.
I photographed each of the 20 blocks and am showing them below, followed by an overall shot of the quilt. Take your time and enjoy this truly superlative work! Click on the photos to see them enlarged.
This is her eleventh crazy quilt, truly the work of greatness. It took 3rd Place in her category, but I think it should have been 1st!
I'll just bet she is hard at work on #12 now, too......