He traveled to Mexico in 1884, where he opened and shared a studio with Frederick E.
Howard Russell Butler, although educated at Princeton and Columbia as a lawyer, became obsessed with the west after an 1877 trip to California and Yosemite where he visited with John Muir.
As the 19th century progressed, advances in aniline dye manufacturing processes expanded the color palettes available, and beautifully pieced and appliqued quilts continued to be made, using the extra fabric choices available.
The close of the 19th century saw the upsurge in popularity of Victorian Crazy Quilts, those wonderfully exuberant creations of silk, velvet, ribbons and all manner of embellishments.
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