Needlework, Finishing, Designing, Quilting, Some Discoveries and Adventures in Stitching from Windy Ridge Designs

Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Other Crazy Quilt

This is the other crazy quilt that was shown at our Quilts of Berkeley County display on May 8. 

The detail below shows a ribbon that has been sewn into the quilt "Zouaves" were French troops serving in French North Africa and known for their uniforms.  We actually had troops here in America during the Civil War era that emulated these uniforms.

See Wikipedia for more information on Zouaves.

While W.V.A.N.G. now stands for the West Virginia Air National Guard who are posted at the Martinsburg Airport near me, W. VA. N.G. in 1885 would have stood for "West Virginia National Guard".

This next one features a campaign ribbon for James Gillespie Blaine
who was one of the most powerful men in the Republican party during the 1870s and 1880s.  He was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1862-1876, he served as speaker from 1868 until he resigned to seek the Republican nomination for president.  He failed to receive the nomination in both 1876 and 1880 but was the Republican candidate in 1886, only narrowly defeated by Grover Cleveland.  See a picture of him HERE.

The next photo features what was probably a Republican convention committee ribbon

Marshall University is located in Huntington, West Virginia.  You may recall the movie "We Are Marshall" that told the tragic story of the Marshall football team.

The purple flowers embroidered in this section are beautiful as well.

I just love the Black Eyed Susans in this next section!

This next one features some initials - S.E.B. and M.M.S.  I think that the pansy was done using the broderie perse method. 

This section features the date.

A little above this is the last section I

The last section features a very interesting looking sunburst pattern and a pieced fan.  Note the whole quilt is bordered by blue velvet.

I have really enjoyed sharing the pictures of these quilts with you and look forward to doing something like it again in the future. 


  1. Katherine, first, thank you SO much for that touching, sweet comment that you left on my blog. You have no idea how much it meant to me. My DH said I need to print it out and put it on my wall somewhere. LOL Thank you--I really appreciate it.

    Second, thank you again for sharing the photos of that amazing quilt!! I can't imagine having such a treasure. It makes me think about how to incorporate topical things into my stitching and quilting. It'd be more interesting to me, of course, but what a treasure for future generations.


  2. What an amazing quilt! I'd love to check this one out with a magnifying glass. It looks spectacular.

  3. Thanks so much for sharing this quilt! Its really beautiful and an excellent example of the art of crazy quilting. I saw she added some applique flowers, some silk ribbon flowers and I spotted a Kate Greenaway design done in outline as well as all those gorgeous silk floss embroidered flowers! Wonderful...simply wonderful!

    Congratulations on First Place! WOW! Terrific!

  4. Hi Katherine,
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