• Jump into crazy quilting with seven enticing projects that include small quilts, a needle cushion, and a softie
• Learn four different crazy piecing methods
• Try creative techniques on fabric, such as stenciling, photo-transfer, and Angelina fiber effects
• Discover how to add beauty and dimension to your work with embellishments like 3-D ribbon flowers, embroidery, beads, and painted lace
• Follow along with a step-by-step photo guide that takes you from cutting to piecing to binding
Allie shows you how to make crazy quilting more contemporary with an array of easy-to-master techniques. You'll learn how to combine traditional methods with modern fabric tricks. The photo gallery reveals just how fun crazy quilting can be -and anyone can do it.
Review By: Susan Elliott, - February 23, 2011
I love love love all her ideas for piecing...curved piecing, freezer paper piecing, chunk piecing...it all gives flexibility to building CQ blocks. I often have small bits of beloved fabrics and Allie's ideas for piecing makes best use of those precious fabrics with minimal waste. Yay!
I loved the discussion of using different weights and types of threads and fabrics. And loved that the focus wasn't really on seam treatments (though the seam treatment eye candy on page 38 is pretty great)...
Allie was targeting the book to sane quilters who might want to try CQ. So, she gives many ideas for making quilts of your crazy work...But, for a non-quilter like me, I found the book even more useful.
I came to CQ as an embroiderer and not a quilter, so this book is a treasury of ideas for how to quilt, finish and bind my blocks into large projects. Something I am not so good at. Without a doubt, this book was written to be used and referred to again and again. There isn't another CQ book quite like it out there.
My favorite tricks of all...are on pages 25, 30 and 99. There are 14 original crazy quilts in the gallery section many from folks that I have admired over the years. Honestly, these ladies are talented. They're each more lovely than the next.
The last part of Allie's book has six projects with step by step instructions to complete each one. I think this book will now give me the confidence to try a full quilt.
Who said not to judge a book by its cover? Forget that! The front cover and inside cover are both gorgeous! I didn't need to go any further to know my money was well spent!
Review By: Mary Corbet, Needle ' N Thread - March 10, 2011
"...One crazy quilter in particular that's fun to watch is Allison Aller. Allie takes crazy quilting to a level of such richness - in color, in embellishment, in construction - that I often find myself boggled at what she creates! Allie wrote a book, and it is finally on the shelves and available...The title is Allie Aller's Crazy Quilting, and the sub-titled description is "Modern Piecing & Embellishing Techniques for Joyful Stitching," which sums the whole thing up pretty well! Like all technique books, it begins with the Needful Things - materials and tools - and for crazy quilting, that especially includes a good discussion of fabric, threads, and embellishments. Accompanied by colorful pictures, Allie discusses the types of fabrics suitable for crazy quilting (are there any that aren't?) with tips on how to build a stash of supplies. Allie's writing style is very easy, like having a conversation with a good friend. She discusses embroidery threads and other embellishments, including trims, laces, beads and so forth. In addition to materials, the dedicated crazy quilter will find Creative Pursuits easier with the right tools, so Allie lays out the tools that will help get the job done well. Also discussed are other ways of embellishment and the necessaries involved in those - from computer printed graphics to stenciling with paints. The meat o' the matter, when it comes to a technique book, is the instruction on technique. This is where I fall apart on crazy quilting, so I paid close attention to this section. And you know what? Even I "got it" after reading through this part carefully. Allie discusses four ways of constructing the crazy quilt block, and each of the four methods is clearly laid out and explained for the beginner. I've read other crazy quilting technique books for hints on block instruction (for when I wrote this article on incorporating goldwork in crazy quilting), and I have to admit, I never really got it until reading Allie's instructions. They're very clear and they make the block constructing process sound really easy. Now, what sets crazy quilting apart from regular quilting is not only the wacky construction of squares made out of irregularly shaped pieces of fabric, but more obviously, the embellishment that happens on those squares. So there's a good section devoted to embellishment, of course! And along with the suggestions and tips on embellishment, you'll find nice little photos along the way to inspire you! Allie focuses a bit of the book on three-dimensional flowers (she's really good at them!) .and there's even a little "primer" on silk ribbon embroidery. Then. there's the gallery! This is the part of the book for relaxed browsing. Vivid color, abundance, florals. It's all there. It's fun. It's cheery. It's a lot like Spring. Allie's "Crazy for Flowers" quilt is my absolute fave - and you should see the whole quilt! I'm glad the photo is in the book. She blogged about it back in 2007 at one point, and I think that's when I got hooked into reading her blog regularly. And - yes! - there are projects in the book, too. Among them, this needle cushion. and this beach scene, made using CQ techniques. At the end of the book, there's a section on finishing, too, so that you can pretty much go from start to finish on a crazy quilt, with Allie's book as your guide. If you're into crazy quilting - or if you want to get into crazy quilting - this is definitely a book you'll want to get your paws on. If you're like me, you may not be looking specifically to make a crazy quilt, or even to delve deeply into crazy quilting techniques, but the book serves as a great source of inspiration for things that can be done with needle and thread and fabric and beads and ribbon and.. well, you get the idea! It's a fun book, easy to read, packed with beautiful color. What more could you want?"
Review By: Cynthia Green, - April 27, 2011
This is one of the best Crazy Quilt books I've ever seen. She goes way beyond basic seam embroidery to things I had never thought to try. I can get instructions for the embroidery stitches used to decorate the seams on a Crazy Quilt anywhere - the internet or any of a dozen books. Allie has an entire chapter on creating your own fabrics where she discusses various types of image transfer, stenciling, or even using Angelina. In her section on materials and tools, she covers all the basic types of thread and quite a few I'd never heard of.
She has Tip boxes scattered throughout the book that I found very helpful. Her section on building CQ blocks was also very interesting. In addition to the traditional methods I've read about elsewhere, she has some new ideas that I'm already trying out. The chapter on embellishments was so fun, especially the three-dimensional flowers.
And then, of course, the gallery. That alone would be worth buying the book. It is a collection of pictures of the most beautiful Crazy Quilts I've ever seen. I'm definitely inspired.
All in all, as a long time sane quilter and a fairly recent Crazy Quilter, I found this book to be invaluable. I highly recommend it.
Review Sew4Home - May 17, 2011
In today's world of art and crafting, 'mixed media' is all the rage. Sometimes called 'collage' or 'assemblage,' the finished creations combine textures, dimension and types of media into multi-layered masterpieces. As usual, our modern-day discovery is actually a new spin on a time-honored tradition. In this case, the Crazy Quilt is the fore-bearer of today's mixed media. And although it can look beautifully nostalgic, there is nothing old-fashioned about this very creative quilting technique. This fact is brought into amazing focus in a new book from Allie Aller: Crazy Quilting - Modern Piecing & Embellishing Techniques for Joyful Stitching. This volume is not only a wonderful primer with great step-by-step tutorials, tips, tricks and tools... it is also filled with eye-popping close-ups of Allie's amazing collages. Her book is very thorough when it comes to showing and explaining the best supplies to use. And, Allie describes not just one, but a number of methods for various techniques, such as block design and piecing or image transfer.There are also Allie's expert tips, which are dropped in throughout the chapters. These are the pearls of wisdom that only come from years of trial and error.
Review By: James Cox, Midwest Book Review - May 25, 2011
CRAZY QUILTING: MODERN PIECING & EMBELLISHING TECHNIQUES FOR JOYFUL STITCHING provides a range of creative piecing methods which lend dimension and new ideas for any needlework artist. From using 3-D ribbon flowers to embroidery and embellishments for cousins, small quilts, and more, this packs in a host of ideas needleworkers will find useful for a wide range of applications. A top pick for any needlework collection!
Review The Applique Society - May 1, 2011
Are you crazy for Crazy Quilting? If so then you must pick up a copy of Allison Aller’s new book “Crazy Quilting – Modern Piecing & Embellishing Techniques for Joyful Stitching”. Allie Aller’s work has a contemporary spin due to her use of new techniques, fibers, fabrics, and imagery. Allison says working with these materials “really give crazy quilts an updated, contemporary look and feel, taking Crazy Quilting out of the traditional Victorian mold for good!” The book has an in-depth section on materials and tools. Learn image transfer and stenciling methods while creating your own fabrics. There are four ways to create a crazy quilt block presented in the book. The directions are easy to under- stand and clearly illustrated. What would a crazy quilt be without embellishment through embroidery, beading, lace and dimensional flowers? Allison’s tips on working with these materials are invaluable. The gallery section provides inspiration that will have you jump- ing right in on one of the seven projects found in the book and thanks to Allison’s expertise you will soon be ready to work on your own crazy quilt.
Review Australian Homespun - June 1, 2011
Allie Aller's Crazy Quilting
Crazy Quilting is a wonderful outlet for crafters from many different disciplines: embroidery, painting, graphic arts, cross stitching, mixed media and “normal” quilting. Allie Aller won second place in the Embellished category at the International Quilt Show in Houston last year with a crazy quilt, and she wrote this book to make her award-winning techniques accessible to people from a range of different backgrounds. The book begins with detailed instructions for four different ways of creating crazy patchwork blocks before moving into a section that explores all manner of techniques for embellishing them. Allie covers the classic embroidery stitches as well as beading, adding lace and trims, and ribbon embroidery. She also explains how to stencil, print photos on fabric and use waste canvas. The second half of the book includes a gallery of superb examples of crazy quilting and step-by-step instructions for six projects, starting with a small pincushion, and including a scrapbook page, landscape quilt and a flat doll.
Review Quilting Arts Magazine - August 1, 2011
Allie Aller's Crazy Quilting
Modern Piecing & Embellishing Techniques For Joyful Stitching
By Allie Aller
Review: Allie Alleruses her traditional quilting background to make the colorful and dimensional world of crazy quilting accessible to quilters of all skill levels in this new book. With easy-to-navigate chapters that cover materials, techniques for using embellishments, and instructions on piecing crazy blocks, this is a fun and functional guide. A gallery of crazy quilts provides additional inspiration and seven projects offer the opportunity to put your crazy-quilting skills into action.
Review Quilters World - September 1, 2011
"If you have ever wanted to try crazy quilting, this is the book for you. It is full of great techniques and ways to utilize your stash and embellishments. Aller walks you through seven different projects from concept to completion. If ever you were thinking of trying some mixed media projects, but were afraid of the outcome, here is your opportunity to give it a try. There is a strong mix of traditional and current trends in this book. The author leaves a lot of room for personal taste and preferences. As a how-to book for this technique, it is great."
Review By: Lydia Lowe, Creative Troupe - April 9, 2012
I love embroidery and I love quilting. Here I get to combine the best of both worlds with crazy quilting. There is no limit to the amount of fabrics you can use and no limit to the amount of stitching you can do. Crazy quilting is truly an over the top combination of both.
Allie's book gives great instructions on everything that you'll need: from various techniques to begin your blocks, types of fabrics used, piece sizes, embroidery stitches, embellishments and how to attach them (there is a great tutorial on how to attach real sea shells to your quilt), there's inspirational quilts to get you motivated, and a wide variety of projects. I especially like the first project that she uses to get you started which is a pincushion. It gives you a real taste of what crazy quilting is all about in a very compact easy to use design. It's a great way to get your feet wet. The sky's the limit as to what you can create using the basics of crazy quilting.
Review By: Judy Bowers, Creative Troupe - April 12, 2012
“Crazy Quilts” by Allie Aller is a great book for anyone wanting to learn how to make a crazy quilt. It is an easy-to-follow book, which has many modern techniques, and some that are as old as crazy quilting.
“Crazy Quilting” contains a section about transferring images to fabric, using the computer; using Angelina fibers (a film that can be pressed into shapes, or cut out and bonded to fabric); the tools that are helpful in making your quilts; the many methods of making the blocks; and the all important ideas for embellishing your quilt.
Aller has included patterns and design ideas, a gallery of completed quilts, which includes a landscape quilt, directions on how to finish the quilt, and suppliers that carry the items you might want to use in your quilts.
Crazy Quilting is a beautiful book, which will really stir the desire to make a quilt like one of the examples in the book. With image transferring, you will see the possibilities for making collectible memory quilts, which will be treasures for a long time. I now have incentive to make one of these for myself!