Crazy Quilts were the Victorian needlewoman's scrapbook. All her memories and mementos were put into fabric and thread and treasured for generations to come. The crazy quilt fad started in the late 1870's and continued until about 1900. Fabric pieces of random sizes and irregular shapes were stitched together to make a large decorative rectangle that covered the bed. The quilts were first called "Japanese patchwork," probably because they were inspired by some of the Oriental screen designs first seen at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in 1876. The quilts, often just tufted or stitched and not quilted, were made by "needlewomen" at home. Thousands of small pieces were used in each quilt. Some of the magazines of the day editorialized that making such complicated quilts was a waste of time and talent. To produce a colorful quilt with such various materials required many different types of fabric. Some were made from leftover dress fabrics. Many were made from boxes of silk, plush, or velvet remnants or ready-made embroidered squares that could be ordered from catalogs. The quilts were embellished with embroidery, beads, lace and many other creative things that could be put onto fabric. Traditional crazy quilt embroidery would never repeat a stitch pattern. So the embroidery was a big part of the quilt and a source of pride to the women. Modern crazy quilts are often made of scrap fabrics, often cotton rather than the elegant fabric scraps that were once used by the Victorian needlewomen.
Can-bra National Crazy Quilt retreat 2004
These Australian Crazy quilt bras were made to raise money for breast cancer research.
Care of Victorian Silk Quilts and Slumber Throws
Preservation tips from the Smithsonian Institute.
CQ Mag Online
Online Crazy Quilt magazine, completely by and for Crazy Quilters.
A group for people who share a fascination and enthusiasm for crazy quilting and the arts of embellishment.
Crazy Quilting Class
Extensive lessons in making a crazy quilt. Includes piecing and stitchery tips and techniques
Crazy Quilting History - a Victorian Craze
A Comprehensive history of crazy quilting, with good links to sources and photos.
Flickr: CQembellishers Gallery
Eye candy for crazy quilters. Share photos of your embellishing work.
A place where crazy quilters can post images of their creative efforts and discuss them. To post the image it must be related to crazy quilting either at the design, work in progress or completed stage.
Flickr: Rocky Mountain Crazy Quilters
This is the crazy quilt (and other related work) of the Rocky Mountain Crazy Quilters group.
The History of Crazy Quilts
Part I and Part II give an in-depth history of Crazy Quilting by Betty Pillsbury in collaboration with Rita Vainius
Judith Baker Montano's Site
One of the founders and pioneers of Crazy quilting.
National Gallery Crazy Quilt
1938 Crazy Quilt example by Charlotte Winter in the National Gallery online.
Sharon B's Stitch Index
A comprehensive stitch index resource for crazy quilters.
Examples of Crazy quilting projects with some directions and lots of photos.
Features a collection of projects, stitches, designs, tips and information by the members of the online Crazy Quilt Mailing List.
Yahoo Groups: Canadian Crazyquilters
Swaps, round robins and friendship in an email list for crazy quilters living in Canada.
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