Teacher: J. Marsha Michler
Learn new skills in Victorian Crazy Quilting in this comprehensive course that will bring you to a mastery level of this much-loved art and craft. Begin by learning how to choose quality fabrics and materials. Use paint or dye and textured fabrics to create a unique and inspiring background for later additions. Explore the many types of embellishments that can be utilized both before and after a block is patched. Learn how to patch a block and accurately sew a fan. Collect ideas for optional themes, and discover the many ways that a crazy quilt can be designed. Learn how to combine embroidery stitches for dazzling seam treatments that will provide a finishing touch for your block.
You will work on one crazy quilt block throughout the course. This block is not an end in itself, but is intended to get you started in making many more blocks after the course is finished, which can then be assembled into a quilt.
This is a notebook course. You will be adding to the pages of the text with your own design ideas for your block-in-progress and your future crazy quilting projects. The notebook will become your own personal reference that you can add to at any time. A final paper is required, in which you will assess your progress and express your thoughts on aspects of crazy quilting that you might like to explore in the future.
Lesson 1. Text covers history of crazy quilting, patching methods, color scheme, fabrics and fiber types, threads and embroidery. Assemble fabrics and a color scheme. Research antique crazy quilts and take notes on them for your notebook.
Lesson 2. Create beautiful patch fabrics to use in your block. Tips for using dye, and instructions for tinting fabrics with paint. Follow the steps to accurately piece a fan. Sketch your own fan designs for your notebook.
Lesson 3. Collect ideas for methods of embellishments to work before a block is patched. Learn about choosing a theme if one is desired, and how to create a design for a quilt. Work samples of your embellishment ideas.
Lesson 4. Learn how to patch a foundation, and prepare for embroidery. Sketch your ideas for patches in your notebook.
Lesson 5. Learn about methods of embellishment including ribbonworked and silk ribbon florals to work on a patched block. Add ideas for embellishment methods and designs to your notebook. Work embellishments on your block.
Lesson 6. Learn how to design and work rows of embroidery along seams of patches including ways to vary the stitches and make them interesting. Collect your embroidery stitch ideas in your notebook. Work rows of embroidery to finish your block. Final paper.
Prerequisites: Basic embroidery skills, and you should have already tried crazy quilting at a beginner level.
Degree of Difficulty: Intermediate
Time: Twelve months
Class Fee: $175
Text Fee: $25 if downloaded from EGA website. $45 to have a hard copy mailed to you. Text is 32 pages with 45 colored pictures.
Approximate Cost of Supplies (2017): Students are welcome to work from their stash. If purchasing all the materials: Minimum $50 – $60 depending on fabric and embellishment choices.
About J. Marsha Michler
J. Marsha Michler is a nonfiction author of 13 printed books, and 8 self-published eBooks on the topics of crazy quilting, embroidery, silk ribbon embroidery, wire jewelry, and knitting. Her quilts have won awards at quilting shows, and her work has been featured in national magazines and other publications including our Needle Arts magazine. Holding a degree in Business Marketing, and three-quarters of a degree in fine arts, summa cum laude and dean’s list, she has taught classes on crazy quilting, embroidery, and wire jewelry. She actively pursues crazy quilting, embroidery, fiber spinning, knitting, fiction and poetry writing, ballroom dancing, stone wall building, and resides with her husband and dog in the beautiful and inspiring foothills of Southern Maine.
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