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During the Victorian era the use of silk, satin, and velvet became popular for pieced quilts, referred to as "crazy" quilts, the fragile nature of the fabrics required that they be stitched onto a sturdier background fabric. Some are truly wild with sumptuous silks and a wide range of embroidery binding them together. This example shows an innovative touch - a border made of netting - and may have been used, as most "crazy" quilts were, more as a parlor decoration than as a bed covering.


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Crazy Quilt with Netted Border

creator   Unidentified
date   c. 1880
location   New England
width   77.0"
height   73.0"
process/materials   silk, satin, velvet
item type   Art/Decorative Arts - Textiles
accession #   #1985.0024.106

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Mosaic or Honeycomb Quilt

Handicraft Vol. III, No. 11 -"How They Do It In Deerfield"

Lucy Henry (1843-1927) (Mrs. David Henry) Netting

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