Quilting...Just a Little Bit Crazy: A Marriage of Traditional and Crazy Quilting
Our new book is done and will be out in May!!!
Valerie Bothell and I are absolutely thrilled to be able to share our news with you at last. We are so proud of our work with C & T Publishers to bring this new book to you.
Our hope is to reach out to both crazy and "sane" quilters--mainstream quilters, if you will--to show that crazy quilting can be for all quiltmakers!
In our technique chapters and in the 10 projects we present, you will see that embellishment is an option for these quilts--not necessarily a requirement. Learn that you can still incorporate machine quilting, and you can use all cotton fabrics, not just the "fancies", (though we offer projects in wool and silk as well). Embroider by hand OR machine...you'll still be crazy quilting. We love both traditional and crazy quilting and you will learn how to combine them in ways that bring out the best of both genres. You can speed up the process or take your time.....
Inspiring old time CQers to try new techniques and enticing first timers to give this liberating approach to quiltmaking a try, we've designed projects everyone can relate to.
Val and I live in different states and have very different styles in our crazy quilting. How we came to work together is a great story...and you can read about it on Val's blog.
Our joined creative processes present a broad spectrum of working methods and sensibilities to our readers. We loved working together and just adore each other....you can feel that on every page. ;-)
She saw that my silk stash needed sorting....Val is very organized, one of her many qualities that I really appreciate.
We both got a lot of work done together that week. For the next many months we relied on Dropbox and emails, with lots of imagery being sent back and forth. It was so much fun.
We have hand and machine embroidery techniques, several ways to piece blocks and a myriad of options for finishing your quilts. And there is one project that is so very, very special, in the chapter called "Historically Crazy".....You will just have to wait til the book comes out for us to tell you its story....all I can say now is that it started at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, NE....
We can hardly wait until May! (Though you can pre-order it on Amazon here.)
It feels so great to finally be able to tell you about it!
Val and Allie