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Crazy Quilting: Repurpose your Sewing Scraps

Laura likes retro, vintage, old things. Choosing to preserve or repurpose is her dilemma - can't change your mind once started.

Crazy quilt pattern series for sale.

Crazy quilt pattern series for sale.

Crazy quilting is another way of creating patchwork quilts. Crazy quilts don't use a pattern (traditionally). They are the ultimate in scrap quilting. Crazy quilts are often heavily embellished too. Some use ribbon embroidery.

Crazy Quilting is More than Just Embellished Patchwork

The first crazy quilt I saw was embroidered with delicate stitches, beads and other little things. There were images of birds, spiders and other creatures and things the quilter must have liked or been thinking about. She (I'm assuming it was a woman quilter) had used fabric scraps, fabric and textiles from used clothes, her own wedding gown and her Mother's wedding gown, cigar bands and assorted other textiles which I no longer remember. That quilt was full of local history and her own personal history. All together it was an elaborate masterpiece to keep you warm, snuggled up in your bed each night.

Early crazy quilts were from the 1800's, were made with silk and velvet then heavily embroidered. Often beads, buttons and accessories were added for an extra glamorous touch. Though the idea was to recycle, they were meant to be showy creations. It's a shame to see some modern crazy quilts which have become far more on the practical side versus being gorgeous and decadent looking. But, the concept is still the same.

Take a look at more crazy quilts from the links below. They really are something to see.

More to Read About Crazy Quilting

See More Photos of Crazy Quilts

History of the Crazy Quilt

Crazy Quilt Block Patterns (for Inspiration or Just Getting Started)

Other Ways to Use the Crazy Quilt Style

The crazy quilt style in glass.

The crazy quilt style in glass.

How to Make a Crazy Quilt

Crazy Quilt

My Crazy Quilt


Jayme Kinsey from Oklahoma on October 28, 2012:

I love crazy quilts! I agree that they should be showy and ornate, not just plain patchwork. Too many quilters want to focus on quantity versus quality, these days. But it really is worth it to take the time to hand embellish at least one crazy quilt.

Awesome hub with great links!

Laura Brown (author) from Barrie, Ontario, Canada on October 07, 2012:

I looked for silk neckties at the thrift store for awhile, thinking to make a quilt from them. But, I never found enough to get a start on it.

RoxiM from West Virginia on October 07, 2012:

I started a crazy quilt a few years ago, but never finished it. I've been thinking of using the squares to make a vest or something else that's fun to wear. When I was a kid, we worked on finishing some crazy quilts my mom found in our attic (there when we moved in). They were made entirely of old, silk neckties, and we practiced our embroidery stitches to create all the fancy work.

Laura Brown (author) from Barrie, Ontario, Canada on September 29, 2012:

I love seeing the old Victorian style with tons of embroidery and all that fancy fabric. The cotton is practical and durable but it's nice to have something so fancy and luxurious too.

Shasta Matova from USA on September 28, 2012:

These quilts are so beautiful. I have one I am in the process of making - I've never made one before but it is very enjoyable and freeing.

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