Crazy Quilt

Crazy Quilt

1814-1904
Artist
Lydia Hooley King, American, 1814-1904
Born: United States
Work Locations: United States
Culture
Amish
Locale
Mifflin County, PA Lancaster County, PA
quilt, crazy quilt
Hand pieced wool, silk embroidery, hand tied; hand and machine stitched cotton backing
Neusteter Textile Collection: Funds from Mrs. Simon Guggenheim by exchange
1999.113
Lydia Hooley King (American). Crazy Quilt. 1814-1904. Hand pieced wool, silk embroidery, hand tied; hand and machine stitched cotton backing. Neusteter Textile Collection: Funds from Mrs. Simon Guggenheim by exchange. 1999.113.
Dimensions
height: 72 1/6 in, 183.3033 cm; width: 70 in, 177.8000 cm
Department
Textile Art and Fashion
Collection
Textile Art and Fashion-American
The use of solid-colored fine wool fabric, known as batiste, is typical of Amish quilts from this area and time, but the bold manner in which Lydia Hooley King organized her quilt is distinctive: the orange-red grid has its intersections marked with X at the center of each patched block. The decorative border of reversed cones would not have been allowed by conservative Amish, suggesting that King belonged to a more liberal Amish community.
Known Provenance
Purchased from the King family [Lancaster, PA] by Kathryn and Dan McCauley [Cave Creek, AZ., b. 1948]; purchased July 1999 from Kathryn and Dan McCauley by Alice Zrebiec [Santa Fe, NM, b. 1947]; gifted July 1999 by Alice Zrebiec to the Denver Art Museum
Exhibition History
  • "Textile Art: Recent Acquisitions," December 16, 2000 - June 17, 2001 (DAM)
  • "First Glance/Second Look: Quilts from the Denver Art Museum Collection," June 1, 2014 - April 19, 2015