Monday, September 26, 2011

Crazy Quilted Memories

This book is the perfect combination of quilting and genealogy. You can record your family heritage in a beautiful quilt and create a wonderful heirloom to share with future generations.

Crazy-Quilted Memories: Beautiful Embroidery Brings Your Family Portraits to Life by Brian Haggard showcases many different quilts that can help you honor your family.  The link takes you to Amazon which offers a look inside the book to see some of the pages.

I really enjoyed the soft nostalgic colors that he used in all of the projects, even though I didn't use them in the quilt I made. Those colors might show up in future quilts though! The book shows you how to do photo transfers, and provides some embroidery designs, and crazy quilting templates, and encourages you to try your own designs to customize the quilt just for you. I especially like the clock shown on the cover.

There are directions on making specific quilts, but there is a lot of customizing for the size of the photo, the designs of the fabric, etc. This book might be overwhelming for beginners because of all the different techniques - piecing, embroidery, photo transfer, etc, unless the beginner is confident or liberated enough to try things to see how they go.

All of the projects in this book - quilts, pillows, bags, crests - are beautiful. Most of them are small enough projects that they don't look overwhelming to me, and I think I might be trying to make several of these.

The book is published by C&T Publishing. I got it from the local library.

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