Crazy traditions in quilting

Quilting has its own fashions and fads.  Crazy quilting comes out of the Victorian excess of velvets and laces, combined with the development of ways to process photos onto fabric.  Dying lace in old tea gives a perfect cameo of resourceful women using up all of their little treasures.

This year, I am revisiting crazy quilting with updated fabrics and available sewing technology.  Our culture is obsessed with images, so I am using images from art history, commercial art, and family photo albums as design elements.  The first ‘sketch’ quilt in the series is ‘Living Large,’ which is a 12 x 12″ quilt.  It uses a cubist painting by Gino Severini, 1912, which added sequins to the composition over 100 years ago [Dynamic Hieroglyph of the Bal Tabarin).   Divided and reconfigured with fabric, embroidery, lace, and a handmade buttton, it emerges here as the anchor of an image and font-rich quilt.

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