Sears Building

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Top By: Greer, Alice Summers
Quilted By: Greer, Alice Summers
Period: 1930-1949
Date: 1933
Location Made: Sunbright, Tennessee (TN) United States
Project Name: Sears Quilt Contest 1933 Chicago World's Fair
Contributor: Waldvogel Archival Collection
ID Number: 176
Layout Format: Medallion or framed center
Quilt Size: x inches
Fabrics: Cotton, Solid/plain
Colors: Blue or Navy, Lavender, Purple, White
Construction: Hand Piecing, Hand Applique, Embroidery
Quilting Techniques: Hand quilting
Purpose or Function: Challenge or Contest entry
Description: Sears Building commemorative
Other Notes: The family story is that Alice used a drawing of the Sears Pavilion on the cover of the Sears Roebuck catalog that year for her quilt design and the one airplane on her quilt is Charles Lindbergh's "Spirit of St. Louis.", In 1933 at the time of the contest, Alice Greer was the postmaster of Sunbright, Tennessee, a small town northwest of Knoxville. Later, she worked as a teacher for the county schools. After retirement, she went on to college, graduating in 1962. Her daughter remembers her mother's story of making the quilt and going on the train to Chicago to see the winning quilts.
Inscription: The quilt has a piece of the original tag still visible that was sewn into the binding on the bottom right corner and then cut off. 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.
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