About Me

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This photo that I took of a quilt shop in Salvador de Bahia was used for the original banner for my blog. As best as I can translate from the Portuguese, it says ‘Grandma Edith’s Patchwork”. I didn’t get the translation until years later, when I actually was a grandmother. 

My name is Edith (Edi) Campbell. I began CrazyQuiltEdi in June, 2006.  At that time, I was a school librarian who wanted to improve the literacy of teens of color, particularly by Screen Shot 2017-11-24 at 11.47.46 AMproviding them with books that reflected their lives. Reading multiple varieties of text is the basis for all literacies and in becoming literate, we learn how to navigate the world around us.  I honestly do not remember the thought process behind selecting the name of my blog, other than wanting to signify the uniqueness of my work while incorporating my personality. I’m a quilter, mother, gardener, librarian, social justice advocate and more. Considering all this, I decided on “CrazyQuiltEdi” because it brings together much of who I am and what I do. Crazy quilts are a unique type of quilt that combines fabrics of all shapes, sizes, textures and colors into a unique piece of art. Crazy quilts are typical improvisational pieces that are embellished with embroidery and beadwork. These gorgeous, unique pieces begin from scraps of materials. I hope you can read into this what I want for young people.

I’m and African American, able-bodied, cis gendered grandmother. I’m an academic librarian who works particularly to improve improve the representation of People of Color and Native/First Nations people. I try to be an ally for all marginalized young people. I began my professional career as a social studies teacher and through a generous grant from Indianapolis Public Schools, I transitioned to the library.  Currently, I work as a Reference/Instruction Librarian at Indiana State University. In addition to this, I also work as a speaker and consultant. I don’t have much time for quilting these days, but I do find time to make them for my grand-daughter.

I can be contacted at crazyquilts at hotmail dot com and I’m found several places around the web.

Tales of An Arabian Knight: I keep this one for sentimental reasons: it’s my first blog ever. I created it when I went to Saudi Arabia. My school mascot is the Golden Knight, hence the blog name.

ChikkySoupMeets Stinky Tofu: The blog I maintained while I lived in Taiwan. ‘Chikky Soup’ comes from a riff a student made on my last name (Campbell) and ‘stinky tofu’ is a delicious Taiwanese street food.

GoodReads: This is where I maintain an online catalog of my personal library

LibraryThing: Honestly, I prefer LibraryThing to GoodReads but I’m too cheap to pay for the space to add more books which I need to update this library

Twitter: follow me on Twitter! My blog posts automatically post there

Diigo my collection of links for education, literacy, technology and librarianship

Pinterest is where you’ll find a more current list of upcoming releases by authors of color as well as boards on my varied interests and hobbies

Facebook Isn’t everyone on FB?

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