Top By: Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Skelly
Quilted By: Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Skelly
Location Made: Highland Falls, New York (NY) United States
Project Name: Sears Quilt Contest 1933 Chicago World's Fair
Contributor: Waldvogel Archival Collection
ID Number: 073
Quilt Size: 69 inches x 82 inches
Fabrics: Cotton, Solid/plain
Colors: Blue or Navy, Red, White
Construction: Hand Piecing, Blanket, buttonhole, or other decorative applique stitch, Hand Applique, Dimensional applique, The silhouettes of vehicles are exceptionally detailed using applique, folding and embroidery.
Quilting Techniques: Hand quilting
Purpose or Function: Challenge or Contest entry
Description: Silhouette appliqué quilt of a multitude of modes of transportation from 1833 to 1933
Other Notes: The quilt was owned jointly by her daughter and son., According to niece, the quiltmaker talked of pullng threads in the applique to make the portholes (for example). , Elizabeth Skelly was a single woman in 1933. She was a telephone operator and a school cook. When she read about the contest, she took the challenge of creating an original design to commemorate the Century of Progress. She researched transportation and tried to include every available mode of transportation. She sent her quilt to the Philadelphia mail-order center for judging, but her quilt did not win a prize.
Related Items/Publications: Family owns also the printed materials Elizabeth kept from the contest including a copy of the brochure, a letter dated June 1,1933 from Sue Roberts saying her quilt had arrived safely. And another letter dated June 15 (Philadelphia) telling her she had not won a prize and the quilt was being returned. Letter also included the list of Regional and Mail Order Prize Winners in the Philadelphia region.
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Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Skelly. Transportation Quilt (Commemorative Quilt-Green Merit Ribbon). 1933. From Waldvogel Archival Collection, Sears Quilt Contest 1933 Chicago World's Fair. Published in The Quilt Index, http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?kid=5B-9D-19. Accessed: 03/30/2017