Crazy Quilt 1885
ca 1885. 56 x 56. Byron, IL, USA. This is a good example of the late 19th century crazy quilt era. This is one of those quilts that did not have the back lined, so that you can see the foundation. The foundation blocks are almost as interesting as the front, because of the very old fabric pieces. It looks as though sides were cut off the quilt. This has been provenanced and appraised. There are nine large blocks of silks, velvets, and cottons pieced together. The seams were then embroidered over using a variety of embroidery stitches and colors. Some pieces have figures embroidered into their centers. There is some stamping. The edges are held together with a running stitch. There is some silk fraying, as is often found in old crazy quilts, but it is not extensive by any means. In fact this really adds to the character of this amazing piece.
-Item is pictured on a modern size queen bed.