Crazy Quilt made by Mrs. Hiram D. Musselman of Baltimore, circa 1880. Silk velvet, silk, silk threads, silk damask, cotton. Maryland Historical Society, Gift of Mr. Charles F. Musselman and Mr. Francis C. Musselman.1948.3.1

Crazy Quilt made by Mrs. Hiram D. Musselman of Baltimore, circa 1880. Silk velvet, silk, silk threads, silk damask, cotton. Maryland Historical Society, Gift of Mr. Charles F. Musselman and Mr. Francis C. Musselman.1948.3.1

In a crazy quilt, irregularly-shaped “scraps” of fabric are sewn to a lighter weight foundation fabric. Rows of fancy, hand-sewn embroidery hold the scraps in place in a similar manner to the earlier appliqué technique seen on other Baltimore quilts. These patched silks and velvets were never assembled into a crazy quilt. Today, they appear almost as they did when they were first created.