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June Lee
Museum Shop Manager
(416) 599-5321 ex. 2233


Collector's Corner

Welcome to the Collector's Corner. In this new feature we want to highlight items from our shop that would appeal to a discerning collector. High quality, unusual textiles that would be a welcome addition to any collection.

Crazy Quilt

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Crazy Quilt $499.00

Silk and/or rayon embroidery on silk/cotton ground; plain cotton backing
Dimensions vary, approximately 38.5 x 42 inches

This Turn of the Century quilt is made from cotton and velour remnants. Appliqué and embroidery dot the surface, embellishing this piece with whimsical stories and sentiment. You can also find the original fabric labels from products and suppliers of the time hidden amongst the stitching.

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, these 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.