Silk Star Quilt in the collection of the Museum of the Confederacy,
Another of the Museum's treasures.
The large hexagons between the stars are decorated with
embroidery. A few have Confederate flags embroidered
over officer's names.
A flag for General Leonidas Polk.
This quilt is undoubtedly the "Crazy Quilt" described in the New York Times article below.
New York Times, January 26, 1895
Davis's widow Varina Davis donated it to the Hollywood Memorial Association (now the Museum of the Confederacy) in Richmond in 1895. It's not really a crazy quilt, meaning random shaped pieces, but people often refer to embroidered silk quilts as generic "crazy quilts."
The Museum's Ann Tidmore described the quilt in a blog post. The star quilt was "made for President Davis by 15 women of Richmond, including Varina Davis....The ladies made it for the President during the stormiest part of the 'War For States Rights'. Every piece was made by a different person, and embroidered with pieces of sewing silk left over from the years of ease and plenty. Once when President Davis was sleeping under it, he asked that it be taken off and 'put away with lavender' which is an old fashion term which meant 'with great care'.
The quilt is in poor condition. Those weighted dress silks just don't hold up over time.
See a fabulous photo at the Museum of the Confederacy's website. Upload their quilt file and then scroll through till you find this one. Enlarge it and you can focus on small details.
For more about another silk quilt in the collection, this one the sole work of Varina Davis, see these two posts: