Early American Velvet "Crazy Quilt" - 76" x 76" in Size

Early quilts made in the crazy style were more show pieces than functional and were often made as smaller un-quilted "lap robes" that were used to decorate the parlor. They were fitting showpieces for the lavish interior decoration of the day. These quilts were usually made using velvet, silk and brocade fabric, cut and pieces in random shapes. The heyday of the Victorian crazy quilt was 1885.

This wonderful crazy quilt, circa 1900, consists of various size pieces of mostly velvet materials, with some satins, expertly fitted together. The colors are a panorama of medium and dark shades, all decorated on the edges with a straight-line stitching design which resembles sprigs of foliage in various colors of the rainbow. There is even some needle-work and applique decoration. The backing is a cotton print of delicate pink and yellow rosebuds against a black background. The pieced front is tacked to the backing by yarn ties that show on the reverse as well as being carefully bound on all sides. The size is 76" X 76" and will comfortably cover a double-size bed. Would be a fabulous wall-hanging or decorative throw. I feel it was used very little. I can find no rips, holes, or repairs.

Item ID: RL0001979

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