Crazy quilts embody a chaotic beauty that never fails to draw people in for a closer look! The crazy quilt craze began in the late 1800’s and continued into the 1910’s. They quickly gained popularity among upper class woman as décor for parlors. These quilts were often smaller pieces made with fine fabrics like velvets and silks and embellished with decorative stitching, embroidered designs, or even small paintings.
Packets of scrap silks could be bought from mills and factories for cheap, making the trend more accessible to less affluent families. It was also a great way to use up left-over scraps and outgrown clothing. A lot of history could be sewn into the quilts making each one as unique as the families they come from.
Quilt Collection and Display
The Museum will display quilts - old and new - from June 9th to July 1st. A talk on the evolution of designs and techniques through the years will be held on June 10th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.
Almost every museum has an ample collection of baby shoes and clothes since they hold so much sentimental value to the families and are just so darn small and adorable! Here are a few interesting finds from our collection.