Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Crazy About Blue

Crazy About Blue is the name of the quilt
that is hanging in my family room for the Spring season.

This style of quilting became popular during
the Victorian era and these were 
considered "Crazy Quilts". 
To the Victorians, the word crazy
meant crazed or broken into splinters.
The word crazy is actually a description
of the triangles and irregular shapes
found in these quilts.

Crazy Quilts are typically embellished
with a variety of laces, beads, buttons and ribbons.
A large focal point of my quilt
is a lace doily accented with a vintage-style button
and a remnant of fringe.
A hand-embroidered fan is also featured.

Brass charms are incorporated into this quilt.
Here an ornate key is secured
with a silk ribbon floral bouquet.

A trio of fabric yo-yos are centered
with decorative buttons.
And an organza-winged butterfly takes flight.

The deep-blue lace was crocheted years ago
by my grandmother and was discovered
in a box of her cotton threads. 

Traditionally crazy quilts have included
a spider web as an embellishment.
The Victorian era quilter thought
including a spider web brought good luck
to the quilter so they became a necessary accent
on each crazy quilt.
Here is a close of my version of the spider web
-- complete with a dangling spider!

This quilt was inspired by
Paula Vaughan's book "Romance with Quilts".

The author's inspiration quilt was also named 
Crazy About Blue.

Until next time, live and love well.

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Bunny Jean said...

Hi Debra!

I never really knew the meaning of "crazy quilt", very interesting.

This quilt is just outstanding with all the various stitches and I love all the added details and trinkets!

I see that you will be sharing at my party this week (as soon as I get the linky up, lol) Thanks!

xoxo Bunny Jean

Carolyn Robbins said...

I love your crazy quilt! Very beautiful. Visiting from Bunny Hop. Have a great Wednesday!

Schotzy said...

Such a labor of love... exquisite work!!

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Hi Debra,
I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE that quilt!!! Victorian crazy quilts are my VERY VERY favorites and this version is "To Die For"!!!
I am a doll and teddy bear collector, AMONG SO MANY OTHER THINGS! My dolls and bears DO SHOW UP to visit my posts now and then!
I'd love for you to peek into my world if you'd like!
Have a fun week,

Jann Olson said...

This is fabulous! I love all of the special embellishments. Some friends and I made a crazy quilt similar to this for a friend one time when her mother passed. I would love it if you shared this with my new link party, Share Your Cup Thursday!

Connie said...

Hi Debra: I'm Connie at http://hotflashncraftn.blogspot.com/, a new GFC friend. I would love it if you stop by and be mine, too.
This "crazy quilt" is beautiful, so much work, so much detail. I just love it.
Thanks for sharing.

Suffia said...

It's beautiful. Love all the details. Very creative work.

Little Susie Home Maker said...

This is so pretty! I sure like all the details you put into this. It is definitly a work of art.

Jann Olson said...

Hi Debra, I just wanted to let you know that I will be featuring your darling quilt on my blog later today.

Perfectly Printed said...

Debra, Just found your blog I'm your newest follower...love this crazy quilt!!!Really like the embellishments.


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