Thursday, December 10, 2015

Back to the BMA: More Crazy Quilts

The American Crazy Quilt Exhibit at the Baltimore Museum of Art has sadly ended, but I (Teri) had many more pictures from my visit that I wanted to share. Kara and I are working on a crazy quilt sampler for a six-month class we are going to be teaching at our local quilt shop, and the inspiration in these quilts abounds. We hope you will be as inspired as we are. Enjoy!

Crazy Quilt with Striped Ribbon Border, c. 1885; made by Annie Shakman Heller, possibly in Baltimore, MD

I loved this sweet little umbrella!

Crazy Quilt with Ice Cream Cone Border, c. 1885; American

Close-up of ice cream cone border

This silk bookmark was an English import.

Crazy Quilt with Peacock Medallion, 1881-1889; attributed to Katie Mattingly Edwards in West Virginia

Peacock feather detail. What wonderful combination seam stitches!

Crazy Quilt with Wheel Motifs, 1887-1888; made by Roberta Lee Barnes in Baltimore, MD

Printed designs, sometimes "cigarette silks," were often included in crazy quilts.

Center medallion, Dresden Plate, with the maker's initials

One of the fan designs

A corner block

Crazy Quilt with Center Star and Blue Velvet Border, 1883-1888; made by Augusta Adèle Smith, in Baltimore, MD

Lazy daisy flowers

Artist's palette

Crazy Quilt with Initial "M," c. 1885; made by Minnie K. Minderlein in Baltimore, MD

Ribbon flower with chenille stems and leaves

Ribbon buds

Wheat: ribbon and chenille thread

Wheat: ribbon

This quilt was full of beautiful botanicals. 

Queen Anne's lace

Tiger lily


Calla lilies

Such stellar stitchery! 

To see our first post of photos from this exhibit, click here. Now I feel the urge to go do some stitching on my own crazy quilt blocks. We'll share our final mini-crazy quilt in a few weeks.

Happy stitching!