28 July 2009

Crazy Quilt/Crazy Give-a-way

Remember these beauties that I got at the Brimfield Antique Show while in Massachusetts?:

These quilt blocks date all of the way back to the 1880's!!! Isn't that unreal? I literally keep looking at them and imaging their story. They are so beautifully made and detailed.
Here is some histroy about the 'crazy quilt:'
"During the height of the Victorian era, homes could not have enough embellishment. Women wholeheartedly threw themselves into decorating every inch of the floors, walls and furniture. The culture of the times was full of symbolism, poetry and romance. Crazy quilting allowed women to display their artistic abilities in needlework, oil painting, and arrangement of embellishments. Silks, silk velvets and chenille, and threads of every hue were used to incorporate names, dates, pictures, and a wide assortment of symbols.
Antique Crazy quilts are judged by design, graphics, level of embellishment and overall condition. We have antique quilts truly astonishing in their level of needlework and graphic impact, and as always, guaranteed to be the very highest quality. "


So, there are so many things that I could do with these squares. I have quite a few. I could definitely make a lap quilt...who knows? At the antique show one booth had one sqaure like this in a picture frame hanging up for $75!! I loved it but I thought that was way toooooooo much money to spend on something like that, especially because I can make my own now. So, I am going to find a really cheap antique-looking frame at a garage sale this weekend to frame one of the beauties for my house.
What do you think?

Here is where the give-a-way comes in....
I am going to give one very lucky blog follower one of my antique Crazy Quilt squares from the 1880's!!!

I think it would be soooo lovely framed, or made into a pillow, or anything else that you can think of :)
Want to win???
Here we go!
1. You have to be a "follower" of this blog. I am loyal to my readers :D
If you aren't yet a follower, you can easily become one!! Go over to the sidebar and click on the button:

2. Leave me a comment on this post telling me what kinds of things you would like to see on my blog in the future.
3. If you mention my give-a-way on your blog, leave me another comment and you will be entered twice!!!
I am sooo excited about this give-a-way!! You have until AUGUST 1!! I will draw a name on August 1 at about 10:00 pm cst!! Enter away my friends!!


  1. I love love love looking at your quilts! It makes me want to learn!

  2. Hi there! well lets see, i just recently stumbled upon your blog, and i am starting to get into blogging myself! I really enjoy looking at your archive and really like your stuff! I'm not sure what I would like to see in the future, maybe some type of tutorial on quilting or something, Im starting my first quilt next week!!!!! and im really excited! Thanks for the giveaway, it is appreciated!
    <3 tiffany

  3. I love what you post on already! I really wouldn't have you change a thing.

  4. How colorful....beautiful! Thanks in part to you, I'm in love with beautiful colors!

    As far as posts - I love it when you and Adam compose a post together - you are both such great writers!

  5. Okay...honestly your blog is so great as it is. It is one of the first ones I check every morning:) I would have to say if you add anything maybe just simple quilting tips for the beginners like me:) Oh... and I love seeing your journals...so keep those posts coming!!

  6. Follower: check.
    I honestly wouldn't do anything differently, Janel! I love when you post something new! You find great inspiration and I looove seeing what you make!!! And of course, hearing about all your adventures!!! xoxo

  7. Lovely blocks, Love the colors and the detail!

  8. Whoa...holy flippin' bananacakes! I love this!! Sign me up, doll!

    1) Of course I follow you!
    2) Hmm, I'm not sure! You pretty much have everything! I'm always full to the gills with inspiration when I read your posts!
    3) And here's the bloggy link! <3


    Hope you've been having a great week!! :)

  9. I just blogged your giveaway so enter me again, love!!!! =)

  10. I love when you talk about all the awesome projects you create!

  11. (i totally thought i already entered this... hmmm)
    1. Fo Sho i'm a follower!!!
    2. I really don't know what else you could add to your adorable blog. lemme see if i can make something up on the spot (hehe). really, your blog is super entertaining.
    3. adding a post on blog... now (in another tab on my comp... yeah, thats right, i multitask. hehe) (do i need to post again for the credit??)


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