Victorian Crazy Quilts


Explore Victorian crazy quilting fad of the late 1800’s. This crayon sampler incorporates a variety of crayon techniques into a single project.


1. Crazy quilting refers to the fabric art of piecing together many different bits of fabric in a variety of colors, shapes and textures into a patchwork blanket. These quilts used a variety of fabrics, pieces of clothing, leftovers from other projects and fancy embellishments. The crazy quilt fad lasted from the late 1800’s until the early 1920’s.

2. Look at images of crazy quilts created during this era. What fabrics and embellishments were included in these textile arts? What colors were incorporated? Why did women embrace this fad?

3. To create a paper crazy quilt, use a dark-colored crayon to make a loose scribble design on a piece of construction paper. This will outline the blocks of your quilt.

4. Fill in the block designs using a variety of colors with these crayon techniques. Vary the pressure on a crayon by pressing hard or lightly to create a deeper or lighter color. Mix new colors by gently overlaying light coats of various crayon colors on white paper. Each time you add a new layer, observe how the color appearance changes. Outline some colored areas for more visual interest. Use Crayola Metallic FX Crayons to add shine and visual interest.

5. Add patterns to the blocks with triple or double stripe designs by taping several crayons together to create a multiple-point drawing tool. Use this tool to make stripes or plaids, or multiple lines with an easy stroke. The crayon tips should rest evenly on a flat surface when taping. Create textural patterns by rubbing crayons without labels over flat textural materials.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.


  • Talk about different types of quilts and quilting blocks. Provide samples of several designs. Ask students to recreate their own versions with pieces of construction paper in lieu of fabric.
  • Research the social aspects of quilting. What benefits did gathering to quilt provide for women?
  • Invite a quilter to come in and speak with the class. Ask them to bring in quilts, unfinished blocks and the tools of the trade to share with the students.

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crayola supplies
  • Crayons
  • Construction Paper
  • Metallic FX Crayons



  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6


  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes


  • Students preview pictures of Victorian crazy quilts.

  • Students discuss the history, colors, textures and techniques associated with this textile art.

  • Students reproduce a paper crazy quilt design using a variety of crayon techniques such as pressure variations, double/triple stripe designs, scribble designs, outlining and texture rubbings.


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