Crazy Quilt // Vintage Quilt Sunday

Vintage Fan Quilt

A few months ago, I spoke to my friend Linda’s  quilt guild, Needlechasers.   Needlechasers has an upcoming Quilt Show with a really cool raffle quilt called Dragon Tails–you should check it out! Anyway, Linda sent me a note when I started this series about her fellow guild member’s stunning vintage quilt.  She even went the extra mile and helped get Cathy’s quilt photographed and sent to me. Thank you, Linda!

Cathy shared this about her quilt:

This is a quilt which we bought some 30 years ago from a dealer from Pennsylvania at an antique show at the DC Armory.  We don’t know the history behind it but love the workmanship — lots of embroidery in every block and three dimensional fruits and flowers in the borders.  We have it hanging on a wall in our living room where we see it every day and it adds a great richness to the room.

Fan Detail

I think this quilt is stunning. If you look closely, you can see that it was made in 1888; it has many of the hallmarks of a crazy quilt–embroidery on silks, velvet, and satin, with embroidered flowers, birds, etc. in the borders. Most likely, it was made with the intention of being hung, and wasn’t used for warmth. Unlike many crazy quilts, this one was made in a very precise, ordered fashion, both in the pattern choice (fans and flowers) and in the fabric pairing– only 2 fabrics appear in each fan. Also, I’m not a quilt historian (yet, ha ha) but I haven’t seen many 3d flowers in quilt borders, even from this time period. Any one know anything about that?

Detail__Fan Quilt

The Quilt Alliance has an interesting article called “What Makes A Crazy Quilt A Crazy Quilt.” According to the article, Crazy Quilts became “a thing” around 1880, most likely as a result of an exhibit at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. In addition, the pieced fan is considered one of the few traditional patterns to be used in Crazy Quilts. If you are interested in Crazy Quilts, I suggest you read the article. It’s pretty interesting and really informative.

Thanks for stopping by!

Vintage Quilt Sunday Posts

Vintage Quilt Sunday Posts
Tricia’s Joseph’s Coat Quilt shared by Tricia Martin
Heirloom Quilt shared by Katie Bowlby from Katie’s Korner
Great Grandmother Diantha’s Quilt (shared by me)
Log Cabin Quilt from Rebecca Verna Birchell shared by Heather Ashby
A Family Quilt Auction in Kentucky shared by Joni Morgan from Sunday Farming Quilter
Irish Chain shared by Marti Dyer-Allison from 52 Quilts
“Crazy Quilt” from Cathy Winer
“Picnic Quilt” from Jennifer Barnes
Cathedral Window Quilt from Robin Fonville
Double Wedding Ring Quilt from Kacey Platky from Little House in Vine Crest Woods
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I am looking for quilts that are beautiful, quilts that have great stories, quilts that are funky or fun, quilts that are unique, quilts that were made by your great great grandmother–basically, great vintage quilts. I will be posting on Sundays, and once a month I plan to post a block tutorial based on one of the vintage quilts featured here.

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  1. Posted February 3, 2014 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    So elegant looking, reminds what I had pictured in my mind with several of the quilts described the series Elm Creek Quilts!

  2. dezertsuz
    Posted February 13, 2014 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    I know they used 3d flowers in Baltimore Album quilts. That’s a beautiful crazy quilt and I really appreciated being able to see it.

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