Say "Antique CRAZY QUILT" to most folks,
and they envision the very "fancy" type made at the end of 19th Century.
You know the ones...
~ Victorian Kaleidoscopes ~
made with lush and sparkling silks, velvets, taffetas, and brocades.
Colorful, shattered, abstract compositions of elegant cloth and ribbon,
embellished, surrounded, and sometimes almost smothered
by fancy hand embroidery and other wonderfully inventive surface decorations.
But not all Crazy Quilts were of this so-called "High Style."
Crazy quilts do not have to have surface embellishment, or any particular colors,
or be finished with any special edgings.
Crazy quilts do not have not be made of silks and velvets;
many women made theirs out of wools or cottons.
Here is one of our favorite examples of a COTTON Crazy Quilt;
it was made around 1890.
We have had it in our personal collection since the 1970s.
We call this our "CIRCUS CRAZY" ~ for obvious reasons:
Five prominent center blocks have images related to the Big Top!
Circuses traveled the country in the last part of the 19th century,
and captured the attention of the American people,
so of course we see them represented in quilts.