Fan Variation Quilt by Susan McCord, circa 1900

Summary

This quilt is a variation of a "crazy" quilt design called fans. Most quilters placed a fan in just one corner of a block. Susan McCord sewed fans of varying sizes in each corner. Then she joined the blocks together to form "wheels" that dazzle with a sense of motion and energy -- a stunning example of this Indiana farmwife's extraordinary design sense.

This quilt is a variation of a "crazy" quilt design called fans. Most quilters placed a fan in just one corner of a block. Susan McCord sewed fans of varying sizes in each corner. Then she joined the blocks together to form "wheels" that dazzle with a sense of motion and energy -- a stunning example of this Indiana farmwife's extraordinary design sense.

Artifact

Crazy quilt

Date Made

circa 1900

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

73.120.7

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Cotton (Textile)
Wool (Textile)
Silk (Textile)

Technique

Applique (Technique)
Piecing
Embroidering
Hand sewing

Color

Multicolored
Brown
Red
Gold (Color)
Blue

Dimensions

Height: 81 in

Width: 69 in

Specifications

Pattern: Fan Variation

Number of Pieces (top): 42 foundation pieced blocks

Fabric (top): Wool, silk, linen or cotton solids, florals, stripes, plaids and prints

Piecing Technique: Hand pieced

Number of Pieces (back): Not noted

Fabric (back): Printed and solid cottons

Stitches per Inch: Not quilted

Quilting Pattern: Not quilted or tied

Quilting Technique: Not quilted

Binding: Edges turned under and finished with blanket stitch

Batting: No batting

Note(s): The edges of each small crazy quilt piece, each fan piece, and each block are embroidered in a herringbone pattern

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