Crazy quilts = complex patchwork, fancy stitches, elaborate appliqué
... are fancy, plain, decorative, warm, opulent, frugal, haphazard, planned, American, British, regional, global, old-fashioned, avant-garde, a quilt, a garment, a myth, and a metaphor.
Born in the second half of the nineteenth century from a variety of influences, Crazy quilts were a reflection of their era, but they lived on to change with the times and with the people who adopted and adapted the style.
The origins and development; expressions of beauty and innovations of format, materials and symbols; and enduring popularity of Crazy quilts form a story as varied and rich as their embellished surfaces. Discover this fascinating history.