Classification: Building Furnishings, Bedding, Quilt. Materials and Techniques: Satin, Velvet, Cotton, and Silk Textiles. Style/Period/Movement: Physical Description: Crazy quilts became popular after the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition of 1876. Women were exposed to Japanese ceramics with crazed surfaces that became the inspiration for the crazy quilt. The result was the creation of an asymmetrical design that contrasted the symmetrical structure of most quilts. Also, these quilts allowed women to showcase their needlework skills. These quilts were often meant for show and not for use. The seams were reinforced with decorative embroidery stitches using a heavy weight cotton thread. They were usually tied rather than quilted because of the variety of fabric used in the quilt, as well as the extra thickness that was caused by the piecing method, which was often done on a foundation. It is not uncommon to find quilts that are based on a similar motif. This Crazy Quilt is dated 1885 with the initials N.B.B. Exhibition History: Collection or Donor: Donated in memory of John Miles Evans - F&M class of 1875 (donors grandfather). Quilt descended through the paternal side of the donor. Was originally thought to be created by the great-grandmother of the donor, but in a note from Jane McBride, received after the donation, she states: "The crazy quilt was not made by my grandmother. Her name was Ellelia B. Evans. The B. stood for Bott. My father was born in 1990 so my grandmother was alive. She died when Dad was 3. If I remember correctly the quilt is dated 1885. I think the woven quilt is about the same time but that is signed Bell. It might be fun to try and trace both coverings as they must come from the center of PA." Family lore: A piece of unidentified fabric thought to have belonged to Abraham Lincoln.
66.5 x 67 inches
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