State of Illinois (Commemorative Contest Category)

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Top By: Wetzel, Olive Thomas
Quilted By: Wetzel, Olive Thomas
Period: 1930-1949
Date: 1933
Location Made: Nashville, Illinois (IL) United States
Project Name: Sears Quilt Contest 1933 Chicago World's Fair
Contributor: Waldvogel Archival Collection
ID Number: 062
Quilt Size: 66 inches x 82 inches
Fabrics: Cotton, Floral, Geometric, Multiple scrap
Colors: Blue or Navy, Pink, White
Construction: Hand Piecing, Strip/string Piecing, Hand Applique
Quilting Techniques: Hand quilting
Purpose or Function: Challenge or Contest entry
Description: County Map of the State of Illinois in cotton prints
Other Notes: Olive Wait Thomas was born on Dec 23, 1877 in Belleville, Illiois across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. For high school, she was sent to Mary Institute in St. Louis. She later went to study at Vassar college, but her college career was cut short when she came home to nurse her mother through terminal illness. She remained with her father tending to him and her siblings. She surprised her family by eloping wih William Wetzel just days short of her 46th birthday. They moved to his farm in Beaucoup, Illinois. She lived there happily without indoor plumbing. She tended a garden and chickens on her small property. Her husband died in 1949, but she remained on the farm until her death in 1964 at the age of 86.
Related Items/Publications: Photo of quiltmaker is on pg 4 of Patchwork Souvenirs.
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