|Silk and velvet embroidered crazy quilt in the collection of the Centennial Museum, Sheguiandah, Manitoulin Island, Ontario Canada|
The crazy quilts were my favourites. I hadn't really appreciated them twenty years ago, but today they have a resonance. They are paintings. The variety of shapes appear to be random but I believe that they were chosen and placed with intent by their makers.
The quilt pictured above is compelling to look at from a distance. Resembling a shattered mirror it holds fascination for the eye. Closer inspection reveals that every piece has been edged lovingly with embroidery.
|Wool crazy quilt in the collection of the Centennial Museum, Sheguiandah, Maniotulin Island, Ontario Canada|
The women who made those quilts may have passed on, but the objects of their hands and heart are still very much alive. Time erases individuals but the things we make last.