"Crazy quilts, a fad in the last decades of the nineteenth
century, were most commonly pieced from irregularly
shaped bits of velvet and silk. This exuberant quilt is
far more unusual, since its unknown maker chose to
craft it from brightly patterned cottons. The cottons
create an album of fashionable, though inexpensive
fabrices of the 1880s, including Egyptian Revival and
Japanesque designs, children's handkerchiefs, and
pieces of "cheater" cloth - fabric that was printed to
imitate patchwork. One of the handkerchiefs, printed
with playing cards, is inscribed "ORIENTAL PRINT
WORKS, APPONAUG, RI." It is possible that this
mill produced many of the fabrics found in the quilt."
This last photo shows the binding used on this quilt. This is my favourite section. Inspiration.