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Alice Wilhoit delivers a great value in this class as she teaches needle-turn, cut-away, back basting, and reverse appliqué so you can make the beautiful flowers in this Lily’s Flowers pattern bloom just as beautiful as on the original quilt. You’ll learn English paper piecing, over a dozen embroidery stitches plus endless combinations, French and colonial knots, beading, silk ribbon embroidery, and how to use dainty vintage handkerchiefs on your crazy quilt. Crazy patchwork is a traditional art form that adds appealing asymmetry to the finished quilt but also gives you freedom as you stitch. So gather your lace, beautiful threads, luscious fabrics, and enjoy the fun of crazy patchwork. As Alice says throughout the class, “Most importantly, there are no rules! You just create, create, create!”

Course Curriculum

Crazy Patchwork Techniques by Alice Wilhoit - 2hr 58min
Lesson 1. Class Introduction 0 Hours 4 Minutes00:04
Lesson 2. Basic Applique Construction 0 Hours 33 Minutes00:33
Lesson 3. Appliqué Methods 0 Hours 31 Minutes00:31
Lesson 4. Crazy Patchwork Construction 0 Hours 19 Minutes00:19
Lesson 5. Embroidery Stitches Part 1 0 Hours 26 Minutes00:26
Lesson 6. Embroidery Stitches Part 2 0 Hours 30 Minutes00:30
Lesson 7. Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Beading, and Vintage Handkerchiefs 0 Hours 12 Minutes00:12
Lesson 8. Finishing Tips and Techniques 0 Hours 23 Minutes00:23

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Book: (Optional)

  • Hummingbirds & Friends block-of-the-month pattern


  • For Appliqués:
  • (4-6) Fat quarters in a variety of greens, light to dark variations
  • (1) Fat quarter each of pink, blue, lavender, gold, yellow, purple, and orange, light to dark variations
  • (1) 6" square of UltraSuede Light, tan, or light brown
  • For Crazy Patchwork:
  • Foundation: 2½ yd. muslin, white or off white
  • (18) Different neutral fat quarters, batiks (or non batiks)
  • Sashing and inner border: 1½ yd.
  • Outer border and binding: 2¼ yd.
  • Practice sampler for embroidery: Fat quarter, neutral
  • Silk ribbon: variety of (1) yd. pieces of 4 mm and 7 mm


  • Appliqué: 50 wt. sewing thread to match the color of the appliqués
  • YLI silk 100 wt. to match the color of the appliqués
  • Embroidery: floss in a large variety of colors. Alice uses Sulky 12 wt. Blendables on petite size spools to achieve beautiful variegation.

Sewing Foot:

  • ¼" foot

Pins and Needles:

  • Appliqué: 10 sharps
  • Embroidery: size 8
  • Chenille: size 20
  • Beading: a long, thin needle
  • Straight pins


  • 6" x 24" ruler
  • 6½" x 12½" (or optional 12" or 15" square)
  • 1" x 6" see through

Quilting Supplies:

  • Rotary cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • Iron
  • Ironing surface


  • Light box
  • Cuticle stick
  • Hair dryer
  • Chalk pencil
  • Synthrapol
  • Shout® color catcher

Other Supplies:

  • Roxanne’s Glue-Baste-It
  • Fray Block
  • Aleene’s® OK To Wash-It
  • Terry cloth towel
  • Seed beads, gold
  • Scissors: small fabric , small paper
  • (1) yd. medium-weight vinyl or a vinyl baggie
  • Vintage handkerchiefs or lace
  • Non-permanent marker that will show up on light and dark fabrics
  • Freezer paper: (1) roll and 8½" x 11" sheets
  • Magic Sizing
  • Fine point permanent marker
  • Erasable marker
  • Ink jet printer
  • Stapler
  • Staper remover


  • Electric Quilt® 8 quilt design software (EQ8)
  1. Is this too involved for a beginner?
    No. If you can sew a straight stitch, Alice will show you the rest. If you like a mix of handwork and machine stitching, this is a great class for you! Alice is meticulous in showing every detail so you can understand and the video format allows you to see everything close up. When Alice demonstrates a technique, you can clearly see what she is doing and she works at a great pace for those learning new information.
  2. Will I learn all the fancy stitches I associate with traditional crazy quilts?
    You sure will. You’ll also learn silk ribbon embroidery, how to attach lovely vintage hankies, and beading. When you complete this class, you will be able to use those valuable skills in many other quilts and projects!
  3. What types of appliqué will I learn?
    Alice teaches a variety of appliqué methods. She begins with needle-turn appliqué in Lesson 2. In Lesson 3, she demonstrates the cut-away method which is good to use with fabrics that tend to fray. She continues with the back basting method which is useful because it does not require the use of templates. Then, she shows how to do reverse appliqué which adds such nice dimension to your work.
  4. What if I have questions?
    We recommend that you watch the class in its entirety and become familiar with the downloadable materials. At that point, if something is unclear, go to the tab that allows you to ask a question and Alice will get back with you via email. Please do not contact iquilt instructors by telephone.
  5. When can I start the class?
    We know you are excited to get started. After you have purchased the class, you can enjoy it anywhere and anytime you have the Internet. The class belongs to you, so watch it as many times as you like!

Instructor Gallery

  1. David Schulz


    I thoroughly enjoyed this class. Thank you so much!
  2. Jody Anderson


    This new class from Alice Wilhoit demonstrates how to make her lovely “Lily’s Flowers” crazy quilt, with applique and all sorts of wonderful embroidery stitch “how to’s” included. In this 8 lesson course, Alice teaches several different applique methods, including needleturn, cut-away, back basting, and reverse appliqué. You’ll also learn English paper piecing, and over a dozen embr

    oidery stitches plus you’ll discover the potential for endless combinations of those stitches. I learned some great tips for needleturn applique, and now that I’ve seen it done, I’m eager to get started and try some more curves and corners on a new project! Alice also shows how to use silk ribbons in your embroidery, and vintage handkerchiefs, to add even more to your crazy patchwork blocks.
    By Jody Anderson Premium Online Quilt Magazine – Vol. 7 No. 6
  3. Debra Linker


    As a beginner applique enthusiast and someone who knows only one embroidery stitch, this class is rewarding and encouraging! Alice is an excellent teacher; information is clear and given in a non-complicated, non-threatening, inviting way. She makes me want to master the stitching and explore my own creativity with Crazy Patch foundations. I could (and will!) watch this series over and over and fe

    el like she is right in the room with me, helping me every step of the way. I am inspired and motivated. Thank you, Alice!!
  4. Lily Kildosher


    Alice is an excellent teacher. I learned so much from tips, on applique, silk ribbon, embroidery, beading and embellishing the flowers. What a wonderful idea to be creative in your own quilt. The quilt is so lovely and an heirloom to be handed down. I smile when I see her finished flower quilt. Beautiful. I have started collecting the neutral color fabrics for the patch.
    Alice, thank y

    ou for teaching us your flower quilt. I have enjoyed the courses. Looking forward to your next project on video.
  5. Lydia Dianne Lewis


    Alice does an excellent job in teaching students how to use several methods of traditional applique through her detailed instructions within the video.
  6. Linda Miller


    Love the silk ribbon embroidery Alice shows in Lesson #7. It is so beautiful and again Alice makes it look easy. She is an excellent teacher and as always a very professional teacher. Thanks for doing such a great job in all of the videos. Look forward to seeing more.
  7. Linda Miller


    Learned so much about embroidery watching this video. Alice does a great job making it look so easy. I am ready to practice so I can do some or all of the stitches she shows. All of these stitches will add so much at a quilt.
  8. Linda Miller


    Alice made the embroidery stitches look so professional and easy to make. The embroidery instructions were very informative and fun. She gives some very creative ideas.
  9. Linda Miller


    Alice makes the construction of the Crazy Patchwork block look easy and yet so pretty. All steps were explained and made to look fun. Can't wait to get started on one.
  10. Linda Miller


    This class offered information on different applique techniques so you can choose the one you like best. Very clear instructions and made each technique easy to understand. Great job Alice.
  11. Linda Miller


    Very helpful video. Makes leaning about this quilt so much fun. Ready for the additional videos. Alice makes this a fun project to learn about.
  12. Linda Miller


    Wonderful border technique. Very clear instructions. This technique will add so much beauty to the quilt. Very professional instructor.

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