74 in WIDE
(187.96 cm WIDE)
Museum Purchase

Exhibited on Culmination Platform 2-1-80 Exhibited: "American Quilts: A Handmade Legacy", Great Hall, 1/12-4/1/81 "Crazy Quilts", Breuner Gallery, Oakland Museum of California, December 18, 1999-July 23, 2000.

Quilt. Description: Quilt, 16 squares (black and wine velvet), stitched with crazy quilt stiches. Black satin edges and gold merserized cotton backing. Date 1893. Crewel-like stiches in silk thread embroidery. Tree of life motif; animals (wild and domestic), California symbols, vegetables. Some symbols possibly traced from games and/or magazines. Very imaginative relations. History: Made by More family children (four children-boys and girls) who lived on a farm in the Oakland area for a Christmas gift for their grandmother in 1893. Their mother supervised the project. (Inez Brooks-Myers 4/96) This quilt was on the poster and the cover of the catalogue for "American Quilts, a Handmade Legacy". The embroidery shows dogs: "Bruno and Uno", "Count", and horse, rooster, etc. Illustrated in the catalogue on page 22 with the caption "Crazy Album Quilt, made by five children of the More family, 1893, Oakland, California. In a turnabout of the tradition of hand "down," the More children made a fanciful and loving gift for their grandmother."

Used: bedding | Gift | Grandmother

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