As hard as the younger generation may find it to believe, shopping malls weren’t always an option. Back in the dark ages of retail, people sewed their own clothes. When the fabric wore out, they didn’t throw it away – they cut out the usable pieces and used them again. Crazy quilting was all the rage in the Victorian era, and it was an ingenious way to use up fabric scraps while creating a one of a kind piece of art. While most of us don’t spend much time sewing by the fire these days, crazy quilting is a fun and easy way for kids to exercise some creativity and connect with the past.
These days, most serious quilters use sewing machines, but for the purpose of this project we’ll start with the basics. A crazy quilt is one made from assorted fabric scraps, arranged in a design that pleases the eye but doesn’t form any particular pattern. (That’s what’s so crazy about it.) The pieces are sewn together and then sewn to a piece of muslin backing. Then the whole design is then gone over again with embroidery thread to accentuate the borders. Sound tough? A full crazy quilt might stretch a young child’s patience, but one square is just the right size for a doll bed and easy to make.