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Top By: Skillestad, Grace Edith
Quilted By: Skillestad, Grace Edith
Period: 1930-1949
Date: 1933
Location Made: Union, Montana (MT) United States
Project Name: Sears Quilt Contest 1933 Chicago World's Fair
Contributor: Waldvogel Archival Collection
ID Number: 117
Layout Format: Medallion or framed center
Fabrics: Cotton, Sateen, Solid/plain
Colors: Blue or Navy, Cream, Red, White
Construction: Hand Piecing, Embroidery, Painting, Images on the quilt are made with crayon. These include: Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, an eagle with outspread wings, an American Flag, Pres. Roosevelt, the Statue of Liberty, the U.S. Capitol, and Uncle Sam. At the right side is a traced trademark relating to the 1933 World's Fair -- which may have been a handkerchief design.
Quilting Techniques: Hand quilting
Purpose or Function: Challenge or Contest entry
Description: A Century of Progress Quilt made with patriotic images. The maker won only a green merit ribbon.
Other Notes: According to her grand-daughter, Grace was living in Montana at the time of the contest. Her husband was a rancher and farmer. They had four sons. They lived their later years in Glendive, Montana. "She was a beautiful artist. She did velvet painting, beading, embroidery. She taught 4-H sewing classes."
Inscription: SEARS CENTURY OF PROGRESS ALL AMERICAN STAR A LINCOLN G WASHINGTON PRES ROOSEVELT World's Fair/LET'S GO!/1933/CHICAGO LIBERTY
Related Items/Publications: Envelope from Sears Roebuck and Co. (Minneapolis) Jun 21, 1933. List of Prize Winners in the Minneapolis region. Green Merit ribbon with a note attached: "Patriotic Quilt Made by Mrs. Skillestad to exhibit at World's Fair at Chicago in 1933. It won an Award of Merit among 45,000 quilts." Ribbon (First Premium) no date, Dawson County Fair, Glendive, Montana.
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