Quilt of the Month


February 2006

February 2006

Cotton Crazy
Maker, location unknown
Circa 1890-1910
83.5" x 74"
IQSC 1997.007.0453
Ardis and Robert James Collection of Antique and Contemporary Quilts
Patchwork Lives Exhibition

Though technological advances led to faster fabric production and lower prices for calicoes in America after the American Civil War of the 1860s, women saved every scrap that remained from sewing clothing and household items. At first glance, the thousands of pieces stitched together in this crazy quilt appear to be randomly placed. A closer look, however, reveals very detailed planning: the maker constructed individual parallelograms of scraps of fabric, which were then pieced together to form horizontal strips. The strips were sewn together to create the quilt's top.