I Love Crazy Patch
Crazy patch quilting has been around for centuries. In fact, my research reveals crazy patch started in the late 1800s. Wikipedia and others credit the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition for starting the Craze. Japanese pottery was displayed at the first official World’s Fair displaying that cracked-glaze we all have come to love. That crackly look inspired the look for crazy patch quilts. The English loved to embroidery and incorporated the crackled look into their quilts -creating Crazy Patch.
Another thing I found interesting, according to Wiki “A crazy quilt rarely has the internal layer of batting that is part of what defines quilting…” Hmmm… Didn’t know that. I believe I did put the batting in my crazy patch quilt.
We go to Piecemakers in Costa Mesa, California a lot and this is their 2009 Calendar Quilt. I changed the colors and the center piece a bit from the original to fit into my bedroom motif, but I used all of the embroidery stitches as they suggested per month. So here it is my first completed crazy patch quilt.
So… I figured out that I love crazy patch and once you know how, you can make anything crazy!!
This is a covered pizza box – perfect for keeping those in progress quilt blocks flat!
Here are a few more of my crazy patch projects:
I made my little dog Zoey a crazy patch dog blanket: Sooooo cute – yes she is!!
In 2016 I completed a baby quilt with crazy patch boarders all in blue flannel. The middle tee is made from scrap fabrics with the colors matching the bears.
Another baby quilt with four crazy patch panels and the boarders in light blue Minky fabric.
In the early 70s, my Grandmother made me a quilt for my 14th birthday. We all dedicated time to the project; my mom, my self and my Grandmother which did most of the work. She put the blocks together and did all the feather stitch embroidery etc. I love that we put dates and places where we lived at the time onto the quilt. I also love to see all the crazy fabric from the 70s that she used. My Grandmother also include several blocks from an older quilt with our names embroidered on them.
With crazy patch – anything goes!
One of my favorite projects was making a crazy patch Christmas tree skirt. You can check it out in the video: Crazy Patch Project Ideas: https://youtu.be/jcNoeACt8FM – enjoy