During our travels in the States and especially when we were driving east by car we had hoped to see second hand/vintage quilts along the way.
This was not to be the case and it was not until we reached Maryland and a friend took us to an Antique Mall that we realised where they could be found.
We still did not find a quilt, traditional or crazy that made us feel that we had to take it home.
One antique store I visited in Maryland had a small selection of quilts and the owner was busy marking them down by us much as 50% to get me to buy at least one of them.
I spied the block in the image - 18" square and marked at US$18.00. I asked if he was willing to come down on price on this and he sold it to me for US$10.00.
This is typical of the few crazy quilts I saw, very basic and utilitarian. This one is backed with mattress ticking and the fabrics are either clothing or upholstery. Mostly cottons or wools with tartans and a piece of cotton velveteen.
There is only one stitch used to embellish the block, feather stitch. Other quilts that were similar only had herringbone stitch on them.
One crazy quilt I saw was made from mens ties but was very worn and sad looking and again had only basic stitching for embellishment, nothing else.
I was pleased to be able to bring this block home as an example of the work to days gone by.