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.
It is rare to find a quilt by a professional seamstress, because most quilts were made in domestic situations. Stinson, who was an accomplished dressmaker, attached a label to the reverse of this quilt, announcing her position and highlighting her sophistication and facility with the medium.
- Designer: Mary A. Stinson
- Medium: Silk
- Place Made: United States
- Dates: ca. 1880
- Dimensions: 81 5/8 x 81 1/4 in. (207.3 x 206.4 cm) (show scale)
- Markings: Woven black and red fabric labels sewn at upper right and lower left corners of reverse read, " Mary A.Stinson". [This piece has no sewn label, only attached paper tags.]
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 1995.87
- Credit Line: Designated Purchase Fund
- Rights Statement:
- Caption: Mary A. Stinson. Crazy Quilt, ca. 1880. Silk, 81 5/8 x 81 1/4 in. (207.3 x 206.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Designated Purchase Fund, 1995.87
- Catalogue Description: Crazy Quilt: Multi-colored silk fragments varied woven silks. Composed of twenty five square blocks, each filled with "crazed" pieces. Center of each square is a plant or flower embroidered on black satin ground. Border is trimmed with black satin and embroidered with polychromed morning glories. Plain red silk reverse.
- Record Completeness: Best (90%)