Star of France

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Commercial Sources: Home Art Co. pattern by Hubert Ver Mehren
Top By: Combs, Susie
Quilted By: Combs, Susie
Period: 1930-1949
Date: 1933
Location Made: Pebworth, Kentucky (KY) United States
Project Name: Sears Quilt Contest 1933 Chicago World's Fair
Contributor: Waldvogel Archival Collection
ID Number: 012
Layout Format: Medallion or framed center
Fabrics: Cotton, Solid/plain
Colors: Cream, Gold, Yellow
Construction: Hand Piecing
Quilting Techniques: Hand quilting
Purpose or Function: Challenge or Contest entry
Description: Atlanta Regional First Prize Winner
Other Notes: According to the quiltmaker's niece, the quilt went for $250 two or three years after the Fair. Since it was made from the same fabrics and with the same shades of yellow and gold, this Star of France quilt by Susie Combs would be hard to distinguish from other Star of France quilts made in the 1930s., Susie Combs probably used the kit and maybe the perforated quilting design. It is impossible to tell from the b/w photos of the quilt on display in 1934. Here is the description of the quilt in Colonial Quilts booklet: Beautiful Star of France Quilt This beautiful quilt originated as a reproduction of the Military Decoration of France, from which it takes its name. It is a full size quilt measuring 84" x 84", when completed. It is worked up in four shades of yellow or may be worked up in four shades of orchid, blue or pink. Order: No. 151. All materials for top of quilt stamped, ready to cut and join together. Best quality sateen in four shades of yellow, blue, pink or orchid. $5.95. State color wanted. Complete Cutting Guide, perforated quilting design, stamping power and color chart. Order: No. 151A $1.00. The quilt was also illustrated in newspapers nationwide when the booklet was advertised in late 1932 and early 1933. Here is the description which varies only slightly from the text in the Colonial Quilts booklet: Star of France Quilt Pattern This gorgeous quilt received its inception from the military decoration that Napoleon pinned on the breast of the heroes of France. This is a full-sized quilt measuring when completed, 84 by 84 inches and is usually made up in four shades of yellow sateen with a cream colored backgorund. This pattern can also be made up in four shades of orchid, blue or pink. A true cutting guide gives you full directions as to the color scheme and the number of pieces to cut for each color. Seams are allowed on all patterns. Quilting design No. 151Q known as the Royal French Peasant design, is recommended for use with the Star of France quilt. The pattern stamped for tracing, 10 cents each, or a perforated pattern, 50 cents. The border quilting design, No. 151QB, tracing pattern, 10 cents, perforated pattern, 20 cents. A 32-page book, showing in colors a variety of designs for quilts, patch work, embroidery, etc., is available to readers. The two patterns, or any other published in [newspaper name] will be sent free with the booklet, which is 25 cents. Single patterns are 10 cents each, three for 25 cents. Inclose clipping of design wanted when ordering. Send letter and coin to [newspaper name] Needle Art Department, 609 South Paulina Street, Chicago, Ill.
Related Items/Publications: A b/w photo of the quilt on display at the Sears Pavilion in Summer 1934 is on pg. 97. See Colonial Quilts booklet, p See 1982 Quilt Engagement Calendar, Plate 36 for a color photo of a quilt in the same pattern although it is mis-identified as "Desert Star."
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