Celebrate Victoria Day with Crazy Quilts!

Victoria DayHooray for the long weekend!

Next Monday, all of Canada will be celebrating Victoria Day… or should I say, celebrating the day off! While we might be overly excited (I am!) for May’s long weekend, I think that most of us don’t really know exactly why we have the day off. A quick Internet search later, I found out that, Victoria Day was originally celebrated to mark Queen Victoria’s birthday. However, nowadays the holiday has become a more like a celebration in honour of the reigning British monarch.

Well, I don’t know if I’ve read Jane Eyre one too many times, but when I found out about our National Holiday’s Victorian origin, all I could think about were the intricate patterns and decor from the Victorian era. Oh, and it just happens that one of my favorite styles of quilts is the “Crazy Quilt”, which is inspired by Victorian style! Have you ever seen one of these beauties in person? LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

For those of you that aren’t familiar with this more traditional style of quilting, “Crazy Quilts,” which were extremely popular in North America at the end of the 1800s, feature a ‘random’ patchwork design instead of the standard modern quilt block or paper piecing techniques. Crazy quilts use a variety of types of fabrics like velvet, silk, and cottons, and most importantly, they feature intricate embellishments like silk stitching, embroideries, appliqués, buttons, Ric Racs, lace and more! As you can imagine, these quilts are quite labour-intensive. Some have even estimated that a crazy quilt can take about 1,500 hours to complete!

Want to give it a try? Here’s a tutorial on How to make a crazy quilt block.

In honour of the Victoria Day long weekend, I thought I’d share with you some Crazy Quilt inspiration! Take a look below:

Gorgeous Blocked Crazy Quilt. Image via Plays-With-Needles.blogspot.ca

Gorgeous Blocked Crazy Quilt. Image via Plays-With-Needles.blogspot.ca

Blue Crazy Quilt featuring a Butterfly. Image via CQMagOnline.com

Blue Crazy Quilt featuring Butterflies Image via CQMagOnline.com

Peacock Crazy Quilt. Image via Kitty And Me Designs.

Peacock Crazy Quilt. Image via Kitty And Me Designs.

Beautiful "Crazy Quilt" Pillow using fabric scraps and lace. Image via CraftGossip.com

Beautiful “Crazy Quilt” Pillow using fabric scraps, lace and more. Image via CraftGossip.com

Intricate embellishments on a "Crazy Quilt". Image via InAMinuteAgo.com

Intricate embellishments on a “Crazy Quilt”. Image via InAMinuteAgo.com

Although the Victorian styled Crazy Quilts might appear a bit dated in a modern decor, many of us love the romantic allure that it gives to a room. If that’s not quite your style though, Crazy Quilting can easily be made more fashionable by using bright coloured fabrics. Since the “Boho” look is so trendy right now, lots of furniture and bedding have a similar patchwork look. Check out these pictures I found of contemporary patchwork decor:

Manufactured Quilt from Pottery Barn.

Manufactured Quilt from Pottery Barn.

Trendy Patchwork Boho-style Chairs. Image via SkipToMyLou.org

Trendy Patchwork Boho-style Chairs with embroidery. Image via SkipToMyLou.org

Finally, for those of you that aren’t as crazy for Crazy Quilt as I am, check out these very simplistic modern interpretations of the traditional style!

Modern Colourful Crazy Quilt. Image via MamaCJT.

Modern Colourful Crazy Quilt. Image via MamaCJT.

Modern "Crazy Quilt". Image via Instagram User @grinningezra

Modern Interpretation of a “Crazy Quilt” By Mismatching Quilt Blocks. Image via Instagram User @grinningezra

Rectangular Crazy Blocks. Image via CrazyMomQuilts.com

Rectangular Scrappy Crazy Blocks. Image via CrazyMomQuilts.com

Have you ever tried making a Crazy Quilt? Or is this style not for you? Tell us what you think in the comments below! You can also show us your pictures using #CrazyQuilts on Twitter and Instagram.

Wishing you all a beautiful and relaxing long weekend!

Jessica

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