I Will

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Top By: Wiegand, Elizabeth M.
Quilted By: Wiegand, Elizabeth M.
Location Made: Lakewood, Michigan (MI) United States
Project Name: Sears Quilt Contest 1933 Chicago World's Fair
Contributor: Waldvogel Archival Collection
ID Number: 074
Quilt Size: 75 inches x 89 inches
Fabrics: Silk
Colors: Brown, Cream, Orange, Purple
Construction: Blanket, buttonhole, or other decorative applique stitch, Hand Applique, "All applique work is outlined with embroidery floss sewed in." This handwritten notation is on the Quilt description card that belongs to this quilt.
Quilting Techniques: Hand quilting
Purpose or Function: Challenge or Contest entry
Description: Silk quilt with applique motifs related to the history of Chicago.
Other Notes: Quilt was purchased by Marilyn M. Woodin for the Kalona (IA) Quilt and Textile Museum. She loaned the quilt to the Patchwork Souvenirs exhibit. Afterwards, she donated it to the Chicago Historical Society., The center image is of the "I Will Lady" from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. I Will is the motto of Chicago and it reflects the city's efforts throughout its history to overcome calamaties (such as the raid on Fort Dearborn and the Chicago Fire). The marble bust of the I Will Lady was a popular souvenir of the 1893 fair. And this quiltmaker decided to use it in her quilt. See pg 81 (Patchwork Souvenirs) for a photo of the I Will Lady bust. Because at the time of the exhibition the curators did not have the information on the contest entry form and the quiltmaker's own description, Waldvogel named it "I Will" quilt.
Inscription: The official contest entry label includes contest entry information: Name of Maker. Pattern Name, When Quilt Was Made, Selling Price if willing to sell, Quilter's Name, Address, City and State, Sears Store Name/Number. Entry label also included the following statement: "I certify that this quilt is entirely of my own making, and that it has never been exhibited previously" to which the quilter signed her name. On this tag: Elizabeth M. Wiegand named her quilt "The Chicago Quilt". She'd been working on it since January 1933. She would sell it for $250.00. She entered it at the State Street Store. She signed it and gave her address as Lakewood, Michigan, Muskegon County.
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