"Crazy" piecing goes back to ancient times. It is thought to have originated from the patching and repatching of worn clothing and household items. More recent uses have been documented during the 1600 to early 1900s. Crazy piecing repaired utilitarian fabrics, but small scraps of hard to come by fabrics were also pieced together to create covers, coats, etc. During the Victorian Era, "crazy" piecing evolved into the very elaborate, ornate crazy quilts we think of today, quilts predominately for display.
The goals of this class are for you to create and finish a purposeful work of art, have fun, learn a new craft and its history, and meet new friends. Various methods of construction will be discussed; you may choose any method to individualize your project. All sewing will be done by hand.
All materials for this class will be provided. In order to make your "crazy" more personal, you may choose to bring fabrics, threads and beads from home, fabrics such as old clothing, stained and/or vintage table linens, vintage embroidered pillow cases, old ties or nightgowns, lightweight curtains or upholstery fabrics. Embellishments might include lace, ribbons, buttons, rickrack, etc.
Instructors: Sandy Barton and Fran Wampler are retired Home Economics teachers and are acting in the re-enactment world as Aunt Verbena and Granny BlueBelle. Both can be seen at The Farmer's Front Yard, Pioneer Village, Indiana State Fair.
Crazy Quilt Pillow
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