Artwork Information

  • Title:

    Crazy Quilt

  • Artist:

    Maker unknown

  • Artist Bio:


  • Date:

    about 1900

  • Medium:

    Pieced velvet, brocade and silk on cotton backing with embroidery

  • Dimensions:

    81 x 75 inches

  • Credit Line:

    Wichita Art Museum, Gift of Ms. Audell Herndon

  • Object Number:


  • Display:

    Not Currently on Display

About the Artwork

Crazy Quilts grew in popularity during the late 19th century and were primarily made by middle-class or upper-middle- class women as display items for the home. Constructed of small pieces of expensive, elegant fabrics, these quilts both celebrated women’s needlework as a worthy, industrious pursuit and reinforced the widely held belief that beautiful objects in the home enriched the spiritual well-being of the family.