Mary A. Stinson: Crazy Quilt

An exquisitely embroidered naturalistic flower, highlighted against a black background, appears in the center of each block in this structured crazy quilt. The satin stitch Mary Stinson used provides color gradations and texture that give her floral creations a three-dimensional quality and put her exceptional skills on full display. She framed the quilt with the same dramatic black silk used for its background, emphasizing the ordered composition underlining its crazy quilt style, as well as the incredible variety of stitching techniques found on its surface.