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Online Class

Crazy Quilts

Work with fancy fabrics like velvet and silk and play with hand-embroidered seam treatments to create richly textured, sumptuous blocks.

What You Get

  • 8 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Allie Aller
  • Closed captioning available (web only)


Crazy quilting produces fanciful designs that explode with embellishment on asymmetrical patchwork. You'll learn to stabilize fancy fabrics like velvet, silk, lace or vintage finds, then discover four block construction methods sewn on a muslin foundation, including straight seams, curved seams, freezer paper applique and free-form techniques. Then let your crazy imagination run wild as you combine 10 basic and advanced hand embroidery stitches to make fabulous seam treatments, embellishing with silk ribbon flowers, beads, buttons, couching, applique and charms. Finish with display tips for both a four-patch quilt or single blocks.gYou'll love the freedom to customize your crazy quilt with your favorite textures, colors and stitches. Allie Aller demonstrates her easy techniques and shares her joyous approach to this traditional art form.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Creating the Crazy Background
Meet Allie Aller, the author of "Allie Aller's Crazy Quilting: Modern Piecing and Embellishing Techniques for Joyful Stitching." She gives an overview of the techniques and project in this class.
2. Flip & Sew Method
3. Curved Flip & Sew Method
4. Freezer Paper Template Method
5. Intuitive Appliqué Method
6. Fabulous Seam Treatments
7. Silk Ribbon & Other Embellishments
8. Finishing Your Crazy Quilt

Taught by

Allie Aller
Allie Aller
Allie has been a passionate quilter for eons and a "crazy quilter" for the last 14 years. Her creativity also surfaces in wonderful worlds of embroidery, beading and embellishments. She teaches and writes books about all of her crafts.