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Yay, for progress! A little, anyway. It takes me forever to decide what needs to be stitched. I have two major resources, and then some smaller ones. You won’t find Judith Mantano books on my list. I think I even gave away the copy of one that I had. They are alright, but I never found them very helpful or useful.
Instead, my two go-to books for regular crazy quilt stitching are: 1)the Carole Samples book, Treasury of Crazy Quilt Stitches. This is a history and library of stitches. It doesn’t devote much space to showing how to do stitches. Several of my friends and I worked with Carole online in a yahoo group, making a stitch book from these drawings, however. I used Aida cloth, and learned a lot about stitching, even though I was already an experienced crazy quilter. I hadn’t used an even weave like that before.
If you like using even weave, Pam Kellogg has at least three books on using waste canvas with dozens of beautiful seam treatments. I linked to her instruction book page, which also has the quarterly Crazy Quilt Magazine. On her resource list, you can find everything needed for crazy quilting, AND a resource of blogs to check out. Pam’s background is in cross stitch, and she still designs XS for magazines, but I think her CQ is absolutely gorgeous and you can spend hours on her blog.
I wish AQS would keep Carole’s book in print, but we had to really FIGHT to get it reprinted once, and I doubt they will ever do it again. It’s the real must-have, in my opinion, and a definitive work for crazy quilt stitches. If I only had one book, this would be the one. To find a used one that’s affordable is almost impossible. I’ve linked to the Amazon used page, where there are four in the $45-$50 range, plus postage. These days, that’s a bargain for this book.
2) My second choice would be the Dorothy Bond book, probably self-published, printed in 1981, called Crazy Quilt Stitches. The Amazon link shows several in the $34-$40 range. This is a much smaller book, no instructions, just drawings, but a great idea book.
I am not an Amazon affiliate, so I get nothing if you buy, but I thought I’d make my readers aware of these two books, and Pam’s methods, since I don’t talk about them much. I don’t get a kick-back from Pam, either.
Seam 31: Inspired by a drawing on page 119 of the Carole Samples book.
Seam 32: Just something I like to do with feather stitches. Feather is my favorite stitch and I struggle not to use it on every seam. =) This one is randomly stitched. There will be beads later.
That represents more time that you care to think about, but a thing worth doing is worth doing. LOL
Here’s the whole block, so far, with the bottom cut off, ’cause there’s nothing down there anyway.