Betty Fikes Pillsbury

Betty Fikes Pillsbury has won more than two hundred awards for her needlework, including Best Needlework at the Vermont Quilt Festival, Best Traditional Quilt at Threads Across America, First Place at the American Quilter’s Society show, and the Educator’s Award of Excellence from the Embroiderers’ Guild of America. Betty has appeared on Simply Quilts on HGTV and PBS’ Quilt Nebraska. Her work has appeared in the White House, the Fenimore Art Museum, Quilt Expo in France, and elsewhere.

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Crazy Quilts · A Beginner’s Guide
By Betty Fikes Pillsbury

This definitive, meticulously illustrated how-to book is far more expansive than previous guides. Pillsbury—a master of the form—shows us why crazy quilting belongs firmly in the category of fine art and serves as an inspiring primer for beginners.

“From the broad strokes of design to the precision of embroidery stitches, Pillsbury explains crazy quilting with the authority of a scholar and the passion of an artist. Her expertise, backed by historical research, is paired with her exquisite stitching, and Crazy Quilts is a storehouse of ideas and techniques. Beautifully detailed, with simple instruction, this book is an important resource for those who love the art of the needle.”

Kathleen Glynn, filmmaker and editor of The Daily Stitch