Recent Acquisitions: Crazy Quilts

Like so much of quiltmaking history, the origins of crazy quilts remain a mystery. The epitome of Victorian-era fancywork, crazy quilts were a fad in the United States and the United Kingdom in the late 1800s. Typically crazy quilts were a patchwork of shapes and textures, ephemera and inscriptions. They were often made from silk, satin and velvet as well as souviner ribbons and embroidered images. The quintessential high-style crazy quilt was a parlor piece on display to greet visitors. These recent acquisitions to the International Quilt Study Center & Museum’s Education Collection are now on display for our visitors through July 29. They are just one of many ways to uncover the world through quilts and quiltmaking traditions at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.