I'm not sure what started the Crazy Quilt craze, the last time I checked the scholarship, most historians were unsure as well. But here is what I do wrote in one of my copyrighted research papers: I think it was the first really national quilt pattern phenomenon. And it went international because we know there were British and Canadian and I think French crazy quilts.
Only a year after the above quilt was made, this article appeared in our local newspaper:
And later this same year, this lovely poem appeared:
Have a safe and happy day!