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Crazy Quilt

Type: For the Bed
Object Name: Crazy Quilt
Place Made: North America: Canada, Central Canada, Ontario, Simcoe County
Period: Late 19th to early 20th century
Date: c 1900
Dimensions: L 183 cm x W 152 cm
Materials: Synthetic; wool
Techniques: Pieced; embroidered
ID Number: T95.0316
Credit: Gift of Terry McIntosh

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.