historic sewing quilting

Old Clothes& Cloth Sacks Spur New American Art Form - The Crazy Quilt

Prior to 1900, many American women tended to salvage whatever materials they could from old clothing, curtains, bedding, cloth sacks, and whatever pieces they had left over from sewing projects. They handstitched these irregular shapes, uncoordinated colors, and discordant textures into no-nonsense quilt blankets that covered working-class beds.


Having little formal education, knowing nothing of mathematics or geometry, and often using the crudest of tools, these industrious souls created quilts with totally random designs. Their intent was bedding, not art. Still, many had a delightful feel

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