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Crazy Quilt
Rachel Blair Greene (1846–1909)

Location: Belvedere, New Jersey, United States

Date: 1885–1895

Materials: Silk and paint with metallic and silk embroidery

Dimensions: 72 × 71 3/4"

Credit: Gift of James I. Chesterley

Accession Number: 1982.18.1

Photo credit: Matt Hoebermann

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Description

The maker of this quilt was especially adept at delicate hand painting. Many of the flowers are both embroidered and painted, and several of the Kate Greenaway–style children are embroidered, with the same scene repeated in paint on another section of the quilt. Embroidered, painted, and printed designs on Crazy quilts were usually not original inventions of the makers of these textiles—the figures were often reproduced from designs found in magazines, books on fancywork, and manufacturers’ and store brochures. Makers of Crazies could even purchase preembroidered appliqués that could be sewn directly onto the quilts.

Elizabeth V. Warren, "Crazy Quilt," exhibition label for QUILTS: Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum. Elizabeth V. Warren, curator. New York: American Folk Art Museum, 2010.


Crazy Quilt
Date: 1885–1895
Artist:
Dimensions: 72 × 71 3/4"
Materials: Silk and paint with metallic and silk embroidery
Credit Line: Gift of James I. Chesterley
Place/Region: United States, Belvedere
Description: Tied. Border folded over backing, secured with featherstitching. Various fancy embroidery stitches.
Accession Number: 1982.18.1
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