Free Vintage Crazy Quilt Seam Decorations

Mary Haehnlen’s  A Book of Fancy Designs for Ornamenting Oriental Work (pdf file) was written in 1884. It’s a little gem that is a free ebook comes the Antique pattern Library. There are 20 pages of diagrams that illustrate stitch combinations for crazy quilting.  If you are new crazy quilting you may need instructions for the basic stitches which you can find in my stitch dictionary here, other than that, unlike many books of that period  most of it is self explanatory.
detail from book To modern readers the title is misleading as it would be easy to think it was a book on Chinese or Japanese embroidery but it is not. “Oriental work” in this case is what today we call crazy quilting.

detail from book Here are a few of the diagrams suggested for embellishing crazy quilted items. I love the way these diagrams are reversed and set against a black background to look make them look more dramatic.

This small book contains diagrams of 65 crazy quilting stitches so if you are interested in crazy quilting it is well worth downloading and reading.

When I first discovered it I had no hesitation on hitting print button on this valuable historical reference. I really think this little gem should not be missed.

The free ebook comes the Antique pattern Library. This and all their books are PDF files which means you will need Acrobat Reader to open these files. You can download a free reader on the Acrobat site.

 

Crazy quilt template set 2 Have you seen my Stitchers Templates?

As someone who loves crazy quilting and embroidery I designed these templates with other stitchers in mind. With my templates you can create hundreds of different patterns to apply to your stitching and crazy quilting projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and they are compact in your sewing box.

Templates set 1 you will find here 
Templates set 2 you will find here 
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8 Responses to Free Vintage Crazy Quilt Seam Decorations

  1. Carol says:

    Ooh..something to use on the 2020 quilt that is being dreamed, plotted, planned for the long road ahead.

  2. Faye says:

    Wow, we only think we’re very creative and doing NEW/MODERN stitching. That’s all we know… how wonderful to have found this treasure… thanks Sharon

  3. Rosemary Dempster says:

    Love this. What a cracker! Thanks so much. You gave us this before, but I forgot to save it.

  4. Tina Lorusso says:

    WOW!!!! I didn’t know about this website for antique books! Love it!

  5. Carole Auden says:

    How fabulous! Not seen these before, and already i’ve got ideas for my next CQJP block!! Thanks for sharing this with us. Carole A

  6. Audrey says:

    Thank you. I think I may have had it on my old computer but when that crashed I lost all. This is interesting and useful.

  7. Gloria says:

    Thank you! These may be old, but they have a modern flair that I really like.

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