Nationality

American

Title of Work

Crazy Quilt Pillow Sham

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Date of Work

1906

Medium

Silk, thread

Signature

Embroidered in work

Height

19 1/2"

Width

19 1/2"

Collection/Provenance

University Art Collections: Art & Design Study Collection

Status

Stored

Location

UND Art Collections Repository

Additional Information

Sallie Hultgren spent her life in Kittson County, Minnesota. This sham highlights her sewing talents by featuring intricate patterned stitches at each seam and detailed embroidery throughout the work.

While piecing odd pieces of cloth together as a money-saving practice dates back to Colonial days, the “crazy quilt” craze was particularly inspired by the Japanese pavilion at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition, which featured exciting “crazed” ceramics and asymmetrical art. The Expo was a major event in Victorian society, and women of the time were anxious to work the new style into their homes. Although the term “crazy” is used in reference to this style, each piece of fabric was carefully placed and the many different styles of stitchery allowed each woman to show off her sewing skills. The “crazy quilt” fad lasted until about 1910.

Research submitted by Sarah Heitkamp, 2016.

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