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My mother-in-law has a stunning antique Crazy Quilt that hangs on the wall in her home. I was visiting there today, and I caught my self inching closer and closer to the quilt, in an attempt to discover all of it’s amazing details.
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The tiny flower embroidery is so charming.
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The discord is the one common thread. The shapes of each patch are just odd. And the colors, prints and textures match by not matching at all. When I look at these patches, I like to think about the special occasion dresses that gave up their velvets and taffetas, and all the well-loved items that went into this quilt.
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The only identifying mark, and the only actual literally story reads: Fargo District Epworth League Convention- Ellendale June 30, July 1


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  1. keyka says:

    That is a gorgeous quilt. The embroidery details are great.

  2. Amie says:

    I wish I had the patience (and skill) to make something like that. It’s so beautiful.

  3. Shelly says:

    I love the crazy quilt, this one is just beautiful. Was it hand sewn? I love all the new embroidery machines but I like the idea of hand sewing a special quilt.

  4. ThrillyKnickers.co.uk says:

    I love this quilt, it’s beautiful!
    Your Mother-in-Law is so lucky to have it in her home

  5. Frequently Wrong says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Mary Lee Cox says:

    A crazy quilt is made of bits and pieces left over when cutting out a dress to sew; sometimes an end of ribbon or a souvenir made of silk. (Worn dresses had enough material to create patch work patterns). The art of the maker of this lovely crazy quilt lies not only in the feather stitch embroidery, but also in the ingenuity in making odd bits into a whole. Our foremothers really did “use it up, make it do, or do without.”

  7. Courtney says:

    I love this, it reminds me of a pillow my great grandmother gave to me long ago. I would love to see a picture of the whole thing, end to end.

  8. Cynthia says:

    What a beautiful treasure! I’m inspired.

  9. Amy Hadley says:

    I have a small framed “crazy quilt” my mom made using my father’s, grandfather’s and great-grandfather’s ties. It’s such a great way to preserve family history. My mom even made a vest out of the same look!

  10. Amber says:

    About 25-30 years ago there was a young woman in Modesto California who moved to Alaska. She took lots of beautiful fabrics with her and kept busy making gorgeous quilts. I wish I could remember more, but this quilt reminds me of her. Very, very beautiful.