Definition of crazy quilt in English:

crazy quilt


  • 1A patchwork quilt of a type traditionally made in North America, with patches of randomly varying sizes, shapes, colors, and fabrics.

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    • ‘Occasionally a cotton crazy quilt is seen, where scraps of fabrics in a myriad of cotton prints are used to cover the quilt top.’
    • ‘On the floor of the sitting room is a late nineteenth-century hooked rug reminiscent of crazy quilts.’
    • ‘Quilt lovers prize eye-catching quilts such as crazy quilts, log cabins, and Baltimore album quilts.’
    1. 1.1A disorganized collection of things.
      ‘colonial America was a crazy quilt of laws’
      • ‘America here is presented as a play of reflections, its image a crazy quilt of the accumulated slights, projections and unrealizable longings of those outside its borders.’
      • ‘It is hamstrung by a crazy quilt patchwork of warring state commissions, sanctioning bodies, and dubious fight contracts.’
      • ‘Still, the film is a startling document for its time, and in its crazy quilt of themes could be screened credibly in a festival of avant-garde films.’
      • ‘Many take advantage of a crazy quilt of regulations that often allows them to skirt legal oversight.’
      • ‘The big challenge is to come up with a program that stitches together today's crazy quilt of storage systems.’
      • ‘The land between Laramie and Cheyenne, Wyoming, offers a crazy quilt of textures and colors.’
      • ‘District managers, however, are faced with a crazy quilt of funding streams for purposes that match the district's strategic priorities only by happenstance, if at all.’
      • ‘The pattern of voting equipment usage across the United States is a demographic crazy quilt.’
      • ‘The masked areas form a crazy quilt of tan and blue lines - the colors of the two varieties of tape we use - and brown paper, used here and there to cover the white areas we have already prepared.’
      • ‘It is a philosophical crazy quilt made from the sheets of our ‘wrecked romance with God.’’
      • ‘The tiny squares change from red to green, depending on whether each stock is down or up, creating a crazy quilt of winners and losers.’
      • ‘It's a crazy quilt of architecture built up over centuries with different styles at different moments.’
      • ‘They soon may be decorated with the crazy quilt of sponsors' logos that transforms racecar drivers into billboards.’
      • ‘This is not a linear, academic study but a living, breathing crazy quilt.’