Crazy quilts simple? Yikes. Hardly.
|Quilt block by Janet Stauffacher|
But my experience with my ridiculously crazy quilt gave me the idea for a novella. The Bridal Quilt is just out in a Christmas anthology that I wrote with Stephanie Grace Whitson and Judith Miller. The book is called A Patchwork Christmas. Each novella revolves around the holiday and a quilt. Judith’s story is about the Amana colonies in Iowa, Stephanie’s is about Nebraska, and mine is set in 1880's New York City, during the Gilded Age. My character, Ada, is a wealthy ingénue and is making a bridal quilt out of all the lovely fabric scraps from dresses she’s worn since coming out into society. Ada’s quilt is a success.
Actually, good for me. And you. Because included in the book are directions to knit Amana-style mittens, sew a patchwork doll quilt, and create a crazy quilt ornament like the one on the right And there's a contest to win one of these finished pieces of crafty-artistry! Whoever wins this ornament better appreciate it because it took all my inconsiderable talent to make it. Yes, I made it. And I'm giving it away. See info about the contest here. By the way, Lincoln Nebraska has an amazing International Quilt Study Center and Museum. I heartily recommend it. Awhile ago they had a display on Victorian crazy quilts. Here's a link. Browse through the rest of the website too. Happy Creativity!//Nancy