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Crazy Quilting Dazzling Diamonds
BY Kathy Seaman Shaw

C&T Publishing (distributed in the UK by Search Press)
31 May 2020/ ISBN 9781617459016
How-To Books / Embroidery

Reviewed by Rachel Hyde


Make your own quilt using the foundation piecing method, and have fun decorating the seams with embroidery, beads, sequins and more. There are twenty-seven fancy blocks and fifty-six seams to use for your quilt, all making up into a pattern of diamonds.

This is not a beginner’s book but there is plenty of information for fairly novice quilters, including several pages of which fabrics to choose and a guide to seam decoration materials. There are sensible tips for washable options, and the author wisely keeps to the more affordable and easily sourced items. Learn about different types of thread, ribbon and floss, and how to attach sequins, beads and buttons in attractive ways.

I was impressed by the author’s advice on making the right choices for a washable, affordable and long wearing quilt. Also included are some instructions on basic embroidery and ribbon stitches, although the author remarks that these are kept to a minimum due to the availability elsewhere of stitch diagrams for beginners. There are fuller instructions with photographs and diagrams for assembling blocks, making up the quilt and more, including ideas for spring and autumn palettes and a printable color-in blank for planning your quilt, an excellent idea I hadn’t seen elsewhere. The rest of the book contains life-size full page blocks. On one page is a photograph of the finished block, and facing it is an actual size traceable pattern of the block, plus a small colored diagram with letter codes for each motif, relating to a list of stitches and embellishments. At the back of the book is a useful list of websites selling the various items, but this is just for US use.

This is a lovely book filled with ideas for crazy quilted seams and blocks whether you want to make the featured quilt or something else.

If you cannot find a good range of embroidery and quilting materials locally try for a list of suppliers

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in The Bead Magazine, Making Jewellery and
Reviewed 2020