Contents [Chapter title] Acknowledgements Introduction A Brief History of Crazy Quilting Choosing Fabrics and Foundation Piecing Choosing Fabrics Foundation Piecing Requirements for each Crazy Hexagon Method Seam Treatment Requirements Basic Sewing Supplies Needles Threads, Requirements Silk Ribbon Requirements Beading Requirements Embellishing Requirements Crazy Hexagons Hexagon 1 Hexagon 2 Hexagon 3 Hexagon 4 Hexagon 5 Hexagon 6 Hexagon 7 Hexagon 8 Hexagon 9 Hexagon 10 Hexagon 11 Hexagon 12 Hexagon 13 Hexagon 14 Hexagon 15 Hexagon 16 Hexagon 17 Hexagon 18 Hexagon 19 Hexagon 20 Hexagon 21 Hexagon 23 Hexagon 24 Hexagon 25 Embroidery Stitch Dictionary Single Feather Stitch Double or Multiple Feather Stitch Straight Feather Stitch Knotted Feather Stitch Herringbone Stitch Whipped Herringbone Stitch Chevron Stitch Detached Chain - Lazy Daisy Chain Stitch Whipped Chain Stitch Lazy Daisy/Bullion Combination Stitch Weather Stitch Zig Zag Stitch Chain Feather Stitch Fly Stitch Stab or Straight Stitch Fern Stitch Colonial Knot Stitch Pistil Stitch Stem Stitch Blanket Stitch Closed Blanket Stitch Open Blanket Stitch Blanket Stitch Fan or Pinwheel Stitch Up and Down Blanket Stitch Cretan Stitch Whipped Spider's Web Stitch Bullion Knot Stitch Alternating Chain Stitch Cretan and Herringbone Stitch Combination Stitch Silk Ribbon Stitch Dictionaries Threading and Knotting Stitch Threading the Needle Stitch Knotting the Ribbon Stitch Fastening Off Stitch Stab Stitch Twisted Stab Stitch Bent Stab Stitch Whipped Stab Stitch Padded Stab stitch Whipped Chain Stitch Ribbon Stitch Padded Ribbon Stitch Loop Stitch Loop Stitch Bud Plume Stitch Ruched Roses Stitch Coral Stitch Curling Backstitch Stitch Spider Web Rose Stitch Loop Stitch with Colonial Knot Bead Stitch Detached Chain Stitch Bullion Detached Chain Stitch Fishbone Stitch Fern Stitch Split Stitch Beading Instructions A Few Points to Keep in Mind Single Bead Beaded Backstitch Beaded Sequin Beaded pointed Petal Beaded Rounded Petal Bugle and Seed Bead Chain Beaded Tassel Bugle Fan Sequin Fun Bugle Bead Leaf Beaded Chain Beaded Grape Beaded Bee Beaded Feather Upright Bugle Bead Beaded Forget-me-not Beaded Daisy Daisy Chain Freeform Bead Cluster Inspects, Webs and Miscellaneous Embroidery Instructions Dragonfly Spider Round Spider Web Straight Spider web Agapanthus Fushia Detached Chain Butterfly Delphinium Small Beaded Bee with Organza Ribbon Leaves Tiny Beaded Bee Silk Ribbon Bee Detached Chain Ribbon Butterfly Loop Stitch butterfly Ribbon Stitch and Fly Stitch Combination Rose Buds Detached Chain Bud Colonial Knot Bud Embellishment Instructions Buttons Plain Buttons Tied Buttons Bow Buttons Single Bead Button Simple Beaded Button Upright Bugle Beads and Beaded Tassel Beaded Pointed Petal Button Button Cluster Layered Button Stab Stitch Couching Knotted Couched Ribbon Couched Bow Couched Ribbon Garland Charms Couched Braid or Trim Ric Rac String of Beads Freeform Flower with Beads Center Ruched Slik Ribbon Garland Finishing and Joining the Hexagons Requirements for the Completion and Joining of the Hexagon Method Gallery Crazy Quilts Crazy Wall Hangings Crazy bags Crazy Trinket Box Indian Work 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.
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