Crazy quilts were born during Victorian times and were inspired by Japanese asymmetrical art. Making them became quite the rage for women, and they were usually made from velvet, silk and brocade, cut and pieced in random fashion and with decorate stitching (fan, feather, and chain, for example) covering each seam. While crazy quilts appear haphazard, they were very carefully planned and arranged. Although crazy quilts were originally made by women in the wealthy classes, other women (hurrah) eventually got in on the fad and began making their own. Some were made from scraps of fancy, used clothing of the day handed down by wealthy relatives and friends. After 1900, the style was adapted to everyday fabrics like cotton, denim and flannels, and at that point the seam embroidery was often left off.
My friend Shirley gave me some helpful hints on how to use iron-on bonding fabric (I used Heat 'n Bond), attaching it to several pieces of fabric, then cutting them up, piecing them onto the page background, and then ironing them on to the backing.
Both Shirley and Benedicte helped me out with tutorials on stitching, and I used several of the traditional crazy-quilt embroidery stitches on the edges, along with couching some hemp string and some sari ribbon.
Finally, my mixed media muse encouraged me to decorate some of the sections with hand painted hearts, flowers and birds, and I did some embroidered scenes in others. And I made a heart with a stamped "Stitch in Time" title for the center of one page.
Hope you enjoy this as much as I did! As always, feel free to email me if you have any questions about how-to's.