Exhibit at PNW Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum: Crazy Quilts from the Permanent Collection

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Name: Exhibit at PNW Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum: Crazy Quilts from the Permanent Collection
Date: December 1, 2021 - January 23, 2022
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The making of Crazy Quilts was a Victorian era fad that began soon after the 1876 Centennial Expo in Philadelphia.  Nearly 10 million eager Americans came to see exhibits from around the world.  It is thought that the Crazy Quilt fad began after visitors experienced Japan’s cracked glazed pottery, full of asymmetry and images of exotic birds and animals, and England’s rich embroidery displays from the Royal School of Needlework. 

The Industrial Revolution had contributed heavily to the growing textile industry and brought a great variety of fabrics and sewing machines to the seamstresses of the day.  Also, women were influenced by England’s Queen Victoria, who in mourning the death of her husband Prince Albert, perpetuated fashion trends in rich, dark colors and elaborate ornamentation.

Antique quilt historian Betsey Telford has said, “Crazy quilts are not random.  They are planned art.  The mark of crazy quilt excellence is the stitching.  When women of today would have been finished, Victorian-era women embellished the embellished. This was a woman’s art statement.  They’re art for walls to be enjoyed.”

The Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum has a large collection of Crazy Quilts in our Permanent Collection and we love sharing these beauties with our visitors.
Pacific NW Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum
703 S. 2nd St.
La Conner, WA  98257
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