5/11/17 - Frogland Friends kits available now!

Available now:  "Frogland Friends" Kits

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“Frogland Friends” is Nidhi Wadhwa’s second collection for Henry glass and showcases her playful frogs sitting with their friends in colors of green, aqua, brown, cream & teal. 

Kits for the 52" x 72" quilt top shown in the picture above (free pattern included) are available now in the shop for $65.  If you'd like to purchase a kit over the phone and have it shipped, please call the shop at (610)900-4700 for more info.

~For your viewing pleasure...~

Here's a great one for a rainy day:  

Looking for some project ideas?  TheQuiltShow.com currently has a browsable gallery of over 20,000 quilts on their website!  Remember that while you're there, there is a "Search" option at the top of the screen if you're looking for something specific or just feel free to browse all 1,037 pages.  :-)

Click the image above or click HERE to visit the gallery.  Enjoy!
~Quilt for Sale~

The Daughters of Zion have hand-quilted this beautiful 88" x 106" "Welsh" pattern quilt.  Sale price is only $350.  Please contact the Zion UCC office at (610)377-1191 if interested.

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If you have questions about any of the classes below, please give us a call at (610)900-4700.

NEW! Crow-exclusive program:  sign up for any class held in the shop and receive a 10% discount on all fabrics purchased for that class!  You may still sign up for classes online but the fabric discount is valid for in-store purchases only.

NOTE:  To sign up for a class, you may either do so online or by calling the shop.  Click any image below to visit the appropriate page on our site.
All Season Table Topper

Instructor:  Anita McCartney

Learn how the 60 degree triangle ruler turns simple rectangles into stunning triangles for every season.  This 23" Table Topper makes a wonderful addition for any occasion!

Date:  Friday, May 12th
10:30am - 3:00pm at the Crow

Class Fee:  $20 + Pattern ($9.50) + Materials

To visit the appropriate Class page on our website, click on either picture above or click HERE.
Tulip Table Runner

Instructor:  Maryann Templin

This beautiful tulip table runner created by Maryann Templin is a great addition to any Spring decor.  The finished size is 21 x 44 ½ inches and has 4 paper pieced tulips.  The scallop border adds a great finishing touch! 

Date:  Saturday, May 13th
10:30am - 4pm

Class Fee:  $35 + Pattern ($8) + Materials

To visit the appropriate Class page on our website, click on either picture above or click HERE.
Folded Star Squared Hot Pad

Instructor:  Barb Skiffington

This easy machine sewn hot pad uses a custom interfacing template to make this class great for beginners! Barb Skiffington will teach this revolutionary new technique and demonstrate the endless design possibilities. 

Date:  Thursday, May 18th
10:30am - 4pm

Class Fee:  $25 + Pattern ($11) + Fabric

To visit the appropriate Class page on our website, click on either picture above or click HERE.
Bog Jacket

In this 2 day class session, Sharon Rehrig will teach you how to make this stunning jacket from a rectangle of fabric.  Pictures on a computer or cell phone not do this jacket justice. Visit the shop to see this jacket today!  Class size limited, sign up early.

Friday, June 9th, 1pm - 5:30pm


Saturday, June 10th, 10:00am - 3:30pm

Class Fee:  $60 + Fabric

To visit the appropriate Class page on our website, click on either picture above or click HERE.
NEW!     Ombre Star or Table Runner     NEW!

Create this beautiful star using ombre fabric and Cherie's easy-to-follow instructions!

This class will be held twice, choose either Wednesday or Saturday:


Wednesday, June 14th, 1pm - 4pm


Saturday, June 17th, 1pm-4pm

Class Fee:  $20 + Fabric

To visit the appropriate Class page on our website, click on the day you're interested in above.

Quilts of Valor - The next scheduled meeting at the Crow will be onSaturday, May 20th, at 10am.  Feel free to bring your machines!

Crow Sew - The next scheduled meeting at the Crow will be onWednesday, May 24th at 10am.

Sewcial Guild - The next scheduled meeting will be on Thursday, May 25th at 11am.  The guild meets in the upper floor Gallery of the Palmerton Library, across the street from the Shop.  Elevator access to the upper floor is available.

***As always, we'd like to remind you that groups and guilds are a great way to make new friends!  If you're wondering exactly what happens at the meetings listed above, you're more than welcome to stop by and sit in with no obligation!***

~Quilt Quips~

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Email the image or the website link to us at qcrow@ptd.net!
~An informal history of Crazy Quilting~
(Part 1)

Everyone knows that:
  • Crazy Quilts are America's earliest quilt style.
  • Crazies are only made from fancy fabrics, like silks and satins.

If you agreed with either of these statements, you're not alone. Many people have all sorts of misconceptions about the Crazy Quilt style, its age, and its origins. Let's explore this colorful but often-misunderstood style a little more.

How old are Crazy Quilts? We don't really know. Camille Cognac, a national expert on Crazy Quilts, including their restoration, has pointed out that the European harlequin - that multi-patched jester with bells on his pointed hat - wears a costume very similar to a Crazy Quilt. According to Cognac, textiles with a crazy-patched look have also been documented in Egyptian tombs.

Quilting-book authors earlier in this century, including Marie Webster and Averil Colby, asserted that Crazy Quilts were the American Colonies' first quilts, by necessity. Fabric was scarce and expensive; why not just patch threadbare quilts with irregular scraps, and keep out the cold one more winter?

1839 Crazy Quilt

Unfortunately, there are no existing Crazies from the colonial period to back these authors up. Until recently, the oldest documented Crazy Quilt was thought to be an 1865 version in the collection of the Shelburne Museum. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a Contained Crazy, made up of crazy-patched squares sashed in a striped fabric, with the following inscription in the middle of the top: "Made by Mrs. Nancy Doughty in the 82nd year of her age for her friend Miss Lizzie Cole, A.D. 1872." (The blocks, incidentally, are stitched to the sashing by sewing machine.) It wasn't until recently that a stunning Crazy surfaced from the Fitzhugh family estate, and was purchased by the Maryland Historical Society. It is dated 1839 - nearly three decades before its nearest cousin! (See this amazing quilt in the May 1998 issue of Quilter's Newsletter Magazine; its history was discussed in more detail in the Spring 1998 issue of the Crazy Quilt Society newsletter.)

How did the Crazy Quilt style begin? A pre-World War I catalog from Joseph Doyle & Co., in Newark, New Jersey, makes it easy for us: "It may interest many to know that the first 'crazy quilt' was made at Tewkesbury (Mass.) almshouse by a demented but gentle inmate, who delighted to sew together, in haphazard fashion, all the odd pieces given her. One day a lady visitor was shown the quilt as a sample of "poor Martha's crazy work." The conglomeration of color, light and dark, of every conceivable shape and size, caught the visitor's fancy, and within a week she, herself, was making a crazy quilt. And thence the furor spread...

Although thoughts of "poor Martha" are appealing, the Crazy Quilt really seems to have sprung from a combination of factors begun by the Industrial Revolution. By 1850, American companies were manufacturing good-quality fabrics that were colorfast more often than not. (Consistently colorfast fabrics were not available until later in the 19th century, when washday blues and Turkey reds appeared.) Fabric prices moderated. Thanks to higher-paying factory jobs, women could actually afford to buy cloth, instead of going to the trouble of weaving it. Also, sewing machines, which had been used by commercial sewers for years, became increasingly affordable for the average family, thanks to the advent of the "layaway plan." Family sewing was accomplished more quickly, giving the average woman time for more genteel pursuits, like embroidery and lace making.

The Civil War changed all that. Fabrics, if they were available at all, skyrocketed in price - especially for the South, which had few factories of any kind. Women's extra energy went toward their families, instead of fancywork. Exhibitions, called sanitary fairs, became a popular way of showing off one's skills, as well as collecting quilts, shirts and funds for soldiers. It is from this period, at a Sanitary Fair in Cleveland, Ohio, that the first published mention of Crazy Quilts appears. In February 1864, Mary Brayton wrote: "Above the grim surroundings of this busy corner hangs the 'crazy bed quilt', a grotesque piece of newspaper patchwork, which is sold by lot every day, with the express condition that the unlucky possessor is not obliged to keep it, but will be allowed to present it to the fair. A considerable sum of money and a great deal of fun are realized by this transaction which takes place every noon just as the clock strikes twelve."

Crazy Hankie

Perhaps Mrs. Brayton's complaints were just sour grapes that she never won the bid! Only a year later, Peterson's Magazine was recommending "mosaic applique" and "oriental embroidery" for a look quite similar to todays "controlled" Crazy Quilts. By 1874, the "grotesque" Crazy had been renamed "ornamental fancy work" in the pages of Peterson's. The war was over; prosperity had begun. And everyone was thinking about stitching a Crazy Quilt.


(continued next week)

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