Crazy quilt

dated 1885, probably Wolfville, Kings County

Fine dress silks are attached to a backing with a wide variety of embroidery stitches. The strawberry motifs in two corners use chenille thread for a raised appearance. "Chenille", French for caterpillar, describes the fuzzy appearance of the thread.

This is the finest example of a Victorian crazy quilt yet discovered in Nova Scotia. In spite of much research trying to identify HLT, the maker remains a mystery. The lace edge suggests that this crazy quilt may have been made as a table cover.