Crazy Quilts

Written by Rebecca Russell
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Frugality is a virtue for some and an all-out necessity for others. Whether you are budgeting to pay back school loans or hoping to purchase a new car, you may find yourself looking for ways to cut corners and save money. Gift giving can often be especially difficult if you are on a tight budget. However, if you happen to have a lot of material scraps in your house, whether from incomplete sewing projects or discarded clothing, you may be able to easily create beautiful crazy quilts as gifts for your entire family for very little cost.

Crazy Quilts That Tell a Story

Crazy quilts probably began as a way for early Americans to use every single scrap of fabric. As time went on, the look of a crazy quilt became desirable and those who could afford more precious materials began to use those in the creation of the crazy quilt. The crazy quilt became a sort of family scrapbook, with embroidered names of each family member and their birth date, as well as scraps of material from important pieces of clothing, such as a wedding gown or a child's shirt.

When creating gifts for your own loved ones, this tradition of weaving memories into a quilt is a good one to remember. Look for certain pieces of cloth that hold meaning, from an old picnic blanket to a square from a first communion dress. Your family will have a wonderful time telling old stories for each special square.

Crazy quilts are the perfect project for those who do not have a lot of spare time. They are slightly different from the average quilt because they are not filled with insulation and stitched together. This means that you will not have to spend time quilting, which generally involves many hours of work. Once you have your crazy quilt assembled, simply use a variety of simple embroidery techniques and you will create a single layer of beautiful work.

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