Fort Dearborn Quilt (Green Merit Ribbon)

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Top By: Fitzgerald, Mary O'Halloran
Quilted By: Fitzgerald, Mary O'Halloran
Period: 1930-1949
Date: 1933
Location Made: Chicago, Illinois (IL) United States
Project Name: Sears Quilt Contest 1933 Chicago World's Fair
Contributor: Waldvogel Archival Collection
ID Number: 086
Layout Format: Medallion or framed center
Quilt Size: 80 inches x 80 inches
Fabrics: Cotton, Multiple scrap, Solid/plain
Colors: Brown, Green, White
Construction: Hand Applique, Embroidery
Quilting Techniques: Hand quilting
Purpose or Function: Challenge or Contest entry
Description: Pictorial quilt depicting Fort Dearborn in 1833
Other Notes: Notice the layering of small strips of fabric to create realistic log buildings. , Mary O'Halloran was educated at a convent school in Rensselaer, Indiana. There she learned quilting, lace making, crewel, and needlepoint. After schooling, she took a job as a nanny. While walking the children in a park, she met a young police officer, Thomas Fitzgerald. They were married in 1892 and had three children of their own. In 1924 Mary Fitzgerald won a major contest in Aurora, Illinois with an applique quilt. Her Sears contest entry, Fort Dearborn, won a green ribbon of honorable mention at a Chicago store, but it was not among the finalists shown at the fair. Following the fair, she promoted quiltmaking by organizaing quiltign clubs in the Chicago area and lecturing about quilts.
Related Items/Publications: Newspaper clipping (Chicago Tribune May 1949: "Widow, 83, Sows Seeds of Art in Fancy Sewing: Puts Fort Dearborn on a Quilt" Photo of quiltmaker is on pg 84 of Patchwork Souvenirs.
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