Crazy quilt

Eleanor stitched this eclectic quilt on a horse farm in Tennessee for her cousin in 1871 – read the inscription on the back. An embroidered black horse anchors the design, while farm animals, flowers, fish and a butterfly are dotted about. Aside from providing warmth, parents might use it to tell stories to children at bedtime.


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Did making crazy quilts allow for more individual expression than other types of quilts – how and why?

responded: Jan 22, 2012

Posted by Julia

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Crazy quilts allow for more individual expression through the use of unique stitching, fabric, and patterns, as well as the stories that they are able to tell. They show for a great deal of originality as the artist has the opportunity to be free with the design and combination of fancy stitches and fabrics. With a myriad of colours and styles in one design, the quilt can go wherever the artist would like to take it. There is no need for a design to be done before the piece is begun, there is the freedom to add as you go, with whatever materials and styles the artist deems suitable. Whereas most regular quilts are intended for a practical purpose, crazy quilts are more decorative. The artists who creates them are focused on making something that is unique to them and will tell a story about their interests or surroundings. This quilt was created on a farm in a rural environment, this likely being what inspired the specific animal and plant species found. Crazy quilts also allow for a much greater amount of detail; the focus is not just on the fabrics and the pattern they produce but the additional elaboration of hand stitched animals and flowers. This shows the extensive amount of time that can easily be spent on a crazy quilt, signifying the artist’s love for the item and its representations. Crazy quilts are items to be treasured within families and groups as they visually and symbolically tell a story about them, and are cherished for their individuality.

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