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Crazy Quilt

Type: For the Bed
Object Name: Crazy Quilt
Place Made: North America: Canada, Central Canada, Ontario
Period: Late 19th century
Date: c 1890
Dimensions: L 193 cm x W 376 cm
Materials: Cotton; wool
Techniques: Pieced; machine-sewn; quilted; feather stitch
ID Number: T94.0380
Credit: From the Opekar / Webster Collection

The making of crazy quilts became popular during the Victorian era, and the fad lasted through the beginning of the 20th century. Colourful and sumptuous, quilts were a collage of scraps of silks and velvets pieced together in a rich tableau. Quilters could showcase their skills with fancy needlework using a variety of embroidery stitches along with assorted additional embellishments. Crazy quilts were not for everyday use, but were found in the parlour. In rural areas, plain crazy quilts were made with patches of lightweight and homespun wools.