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This quilt top, unfinished, was given to me in 1990 by my dear friend Joyce. It was purchased about 50 years or so prior to that in an antique store in San Francisco and given to her many years later.

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Comment by Cindy on May 8, 2012 at 12:06am

This quilt sure brought back some memories. I had one that my grandmother made that looked a lot like this one. Mine was backed with wool. It was very heavy and "scratchy". Unfortunately it was stolen along with some other things. Love old crazy quilts. (anything old for that matter) You have some very beautiful quilts on your site. I am enjoying just sitting and watching all the "slide shows" on different ones sites. Very relaxing.

Comment by Karin Thomsen on June 29, 2010 at 2:18pm
Comment by cellogirl on January 8, 2010 at 12:16pm
Very pretty crazy with great memories of your dear friend!! Crazies date c.1880-1910, they were never quilted, usually tacked to the backing at the block corners, sometimes a bit more frequently. Just to keep the backing in place. The shredding of the silk is because of the tinning--to make the dresses "sound" more expensive in the rustling sound, the process of a tin salt was added to the silk which makes them much more fragile. To the areas were the silk is deteriorating, you can tack netting to protect the silk before it gets worse. Just use as close a color as possible and with invisible stitching go around the patch--that's call conservation. To repair the quilt would destroy the value of it as an antique. The netting is enough to stabilize the silk. Put acid free tissue paper to pad the folds if it must be folded. You can wrap in a clean cotton muslin sheet and store in an acid-free box. The best is flat on a bed with the cotton sheet under and over it. Best wishes!!
Comment by handstitcher/IL on January 6, 2010 at 4:15am
Just gorgeous -- I could look at crazy quilts for hours, absorbing the details. Thanks for sharing!
Comment by Sharon Reeves on January 5, 2010 at 3:03pm
BJ, What a fantastic quilt this is. I just love it! Will it be a queen or double? Guess that many yrs ago, it would have been a double or not quite a double. Treasure it and find a perfect border for it. Almosst any color would do.
Comment by Sherry N/ Alberta on January 5, 2010 at 12:43pm
Beautiful, inspires me to make one myself.
Comment by Charlotte Gustavson on January 4, 2010 at 8:10pm
Wow. Lucky you to own this beauty!
Comment by Linda "Sue" Robertson, TN on January 4, 2010 at 7:57pm
Don't you just love this Barb, it is awesome!!! Is this the friend you recently lost?

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