“Sew Many Pieces” Crazy Quilt Exhibit Now Open!

“Sew Many Pieces:
American Crazy Quilts in the Late 1800s”

The Banning Museum is pleased to announce our new exhibition “Sew Many Pieces.” Crazy quilting was a leisure activity amongst upper-class women, who demonstrated their needlework skills by creating pieces of art. The Centennial Exhibition of 1876, in Pennsylvania, is often credited for the start of the Victorian crazy quilt trend.

This visually stunning exhibit examines the tools and techniques used to make Victorian Crazy quilts and explores their symbolism and cultural significance. Visitors will see five exquisite examples of Victorian crazy quilts and an assortment of fine sewing tools made of silver and crafted metal.

“Sew Many Pieces” was curated by Guadalupe Pena, Curator for the LA Maritime Museum. The exhibit will show in the Norris Visitor Center from Saturday, August 21 through Sunday, February 13, 2022.