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Traditional Japanese Piecing

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Quilt Notes: American "crazy quilts" first became fashionable in the late 19th century, inspired by Japanese fabric piecing (illustrated left). Read more on the history of the genre at womenfolk.com and see an interesting variety of examples at Barbara Brackman's Material Culture. According to CRAZY QUILTS by Cindy Brick and Nancy Kirk (p. 10), by definition:
"Crazy quilts build on a foundation, use a structure of blocks or whole cloth style, and may borrow elements of 'sane' quilts, like sashing and borders. But within those most basic elements of structure the artist takes off on a flight of fancy, adding stitches, embellishments, ribbons, charms, buttons, fabrics, yarns — even animals, toys, and more. [...] Crazy quilts are the one thing in life where more is more."
Judy Rehmel's QUILT I.D. BOOK is the only major design compendium which illustrates an entirely haphazard design for CRAZY QUILT (#3581). Perhaps because there is obviously no set pattern, she carefully adds a note, saying, "Crazy Quilt may be in squares, stripes, alternating with plain blocks or overall." She also includes the pattern illustrated here (#617), appropriately haphazard, except that every block has a dark-light division diagonally. It is both structured and out of control. Similarly, Barbara Brackman's ENCYCLOPEDIA has an interesting windmill type design by this name, pieced with random shaped scraps (#2707).

One additional note on crazy quilts as something overdone — minimalism can be a form of overdoing something too, certainly just as out of bounds, sometimes even startling. Nevertheless at this site, compare with the exquisite excess of:

A THOUSAND PYRAMIDS
TOWERS OF CAMELOT
BIRDS IN THE AIR
SHIFTING CUBES
OLD MAID'S RAMBLER
GIRL'S JOY
ON THE SQUARE
BOSTON STREETS
FLOWERING NINE PATCH
 

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