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ID Number: 1501EF0601

Quilt Title: Crazy Quilt

Current location: Stevensville, Maryland
Year Acquired: 1991
How Acquired: gift

About Quilt

Quilt Name or Pattern Used: Victorian Crazy Quilt

Owner’s Relationship to Maker: Great great grandson
Did the maker do the quilting? Unknown
Made in: Alabama, United States
Made for: Birth Made for: Presumably Emma Graves Baylies
Used for: Unknown
Previously used fabrics: Unknown
Has this quilt been exhibited or entered in competitions? No
Quiltmaker’s other quilted objects (pre-1950) not yet documented Another quilt registered to be evaluated
Any additional stories or notes about the quilt’s history or ownership:

One of the squares in the quilt has the initials “EGB”, which we believe stands for Emma Graves Baylies (1849-1910), born Emma Graves and married to Joseph Marchant Baylies in 1875. I sent a photo of the quilt, in 1992, to Penny McMorris, the author of a book called “Crazy Quilts”, and she estimated, based on the work in many of the squares, that the quilt was made sometime between 1885-95, although I wonder if it possibly was made and given to Emma as a wedding gift, ten years earlier. I will bring the letter from Penny McMorris when I come.

Maker Profile

Quiltmaker’s Personal Information

Highest Education Level Completed: Unknown
Environment: Unknown
Economic Circumstances of Childhood: Unknown
Economic Circumstances of Marriage: Unknown

Quiltmaker’s Quilting Information

At what age did the quilter do most of her quilt-related work? Unknown
Did quilter combine old and new fabrics? Unknown
Did quilter piece her own tops? Unknown
Piecing Preferences: Unknown
Did quilter put deliberate errors in quilts? Unknown
Did quilter do her own quilting? Unknown
Did quilter mark her own tops? Unknown
Did she quilt in a group? Unknown
Did she quilt in any bees? Unknown
What season was most quilting done? Unknown
What time of day was quilting done? Unknown
Reason for quiltmaking Unknown
Did she teach her daughters or daughters-in-law to quilt? Unknown
Did she teach others to quilt? Unknown
Did quilter exhibit any of her quilts? Unknown



Type of Object Blocks or Patches, Crazy quilt, finished overlet
Does this object have a SPECIFIC VISUAL ORIENTATION, head to foot? No
If it is a quilt, is it shaped for a four poster bed? No
Is this one of a matched pair? No

More Specific Information

Overall Condition Slight Use
Measurement Left Side (in inches) 66 1/2
Measurement Bottom (in inches) 65 1/2
Was this made from a kit? No
Does this item have inscribed NAMES, DATES, INITIALS? Yes
Inscribed Names, Dates, Initials

EGE, June 27, 1885

Did each signer make their own block? Unknown
The signers are: Don’t know
Names/dates/details are inscribed by: Inked, Embroidery
Embroidery thread is made of: cotton, silk, metalic
Where inscribed? Central

Quilt Top

Fabric Silk, Rayon, Velvet
Fabric Style Solid, Print, Woven Pattern
Pattern Type Pieced, Applique, Crazy – All Over, Crazy- Contained
Applique Layered Applique
Background Color Multicolor
List up to 3 predominant colors, most dominant first black, brown, tax
Additional Surface Decoration Painting, 3-D yarn construction of cattails
Embroidery Thread Made of: Cotton, Silk
Piecing Techniques Both
Seams are pressed: To One Side
Width of Seam Allowance in Inches: Variable
Are pieces pieced (seam will be visible)? Yes
Do these fabrics appear to have been used previously? No
Applique Techniques Hand, Blanket, Running
Edges of Applique Turned under
Setting Straight
Size of blocks: 10 1/2 x 11 1/4
Number of Horizontal Blocks 5
Number of Vertical Blocks 5
Number of Diagonal Blocks 5
Is there sashing present? No
Sashing Appliques
Connecting blocks in sashing: Same as sashing
Borders Yes
Multiple borders? No
Border width 5 1/4
Number of Plain Borders 1
Borders are Mitered

Quilting Mechanics

Techniques Tied
If tied, what used to do so? Thread – tacked at block intersection

Quilting Patterns


Is the quilting embellished Yes

Edges and Binding

The edge is shaped in a Straight line
The corners are Mitered
The edge is Self-finished by hand
If self-finished, it is Back turned to front
Color Burgundy
Width (Just what is visible from the top) 1/2 to 5/8
Is the applied edge fabric also found in the top of the quilt? No

Other Edge Treatments

Fringe No
Ruffle No
Are folded fabric points present on the edge? No

Quilt Back

Fabric Rayon – Solid
Is the back all one piece of fabric? No
Is the back made from more than one piece of fabric (seams present)? Yes
How many seams are present? 1
Is the back all one style (print) of fabric? Yes
Is the back made up of more than one style (print) of fabric? Yes
Is back pieced of strips? No
Color of back Burgundy
Are different strips used only to attain size? No


The fabric of this object’s top and bottom are of significantly different ages? No
The object has been altered No
Has the object been laundered? No
Condition of the back Good, Poor
Condition of the colors Good
Are stains present? Yes
Stains are present on object Back
Is pattern discrepancy evident? No
Estimate AGE of this object: 1901-1929
If you know the exact year the object was made, enter it here 1885
This object has unusual features? /Attypical unique designed blocks
Pattern Victorian Crazy Quilt

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