crazy quilt
crazy quilt
crazy quilt
crazy quilt
crazy quilt
crazy quilt
crazy quilt

crazy quilt

Victorene Parsons Mitchell (American, 1829-1916)

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Crazy quilts, which emerged after 1850, were usually composed of small, irregular-shaped fragments of silk, wool and other fabrics pieced together. The seams were then embroidered using a variety of stitches. They acquired the name "crazy quilts" because of the strong colors and busy, confusing nature of their designs, typical of Victorian taste. They were especially popular during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. The crazy quilts were not technically constructed as quilts, since the three layers were usually attached together at intervals rather than actually quilted.

Victoriene Parsons Mitchell [1829-1916], Muncie, Indiana; Mrs. Albert H. Greely (Lena or Tena); Mrs. Jaema C. Ryan, Indianapolis, Indiana; given to Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1977.

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Victorene Parsons Mitchell (American, 1829-1916)
creation date
silk, cotton, wool, and linen, pieced and embroidered
74 x 65 in.
mark descriptions
Embroidered in five squares near center (one name/initials per square): Mary / A C / T C [or G?] / R E G / W L G
Embroidered in a single square near center: Mamma / Clarence / Papa / Rollin / Leslie
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Gift of Mrs. Jaema C. Ryan
Public Domain
Textile and Fashion Arts

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