I Pay Tribute to My Flag


Quilt Index Record: 1E-3D-27EB

Project Information

InstNameF003
Michigan State University Museum
InstProjNameF003a
Michigan State University Museum Collection|Sears Quilt Contest 1933
InstInvContrNumF004
13.0045
InstInvContrNumF004a
2013:70.1

Page 1

QuiltTitleF009
I Pay Tribute to My Flag
DateDataF006b
10/15/2013
QuiltTopF054
Hengesbach, Regina
QuiltedByF055
Hengesbach, Regina
RelnQuiltF007
Quilt collector
LocMadeF057a
Westphalia
ProvCountyF057b
Clinton
ProvStateF057d
Michigan (MI)
ProvCountryF057f
United States
DateQuiltF023
1930-1949
DateBegunF023a
1933
DateFinishF023b
1933

Page 2-Quiltmaker Information

ReasonsF060
Challenge or Contest entry
PresUseF062
Museum collection
GenderF098
Female
CityF106a
Westphalia
CountyF106
Clinton
StateF107
Michigan (MI)
CountryF108
United States
MaidenF097b
Martin
BirthDateF099
10/28/1902
BirthplaceCityF098a
Westphalia
BirthplaceStateF098b
Michigan
BirthplaceCountryF098d
United States
DeathF100
9/25/1993
EthnicF101
German American
EdBkgdF102
8th grade
RelAffF103
Roman Catholic
OccupationF104
Homemaker
FatherNameF109
Martin, Ferdinand
BplaceF109a
Martin, Catherine Schaefer
MarriageF099b
2/22/1933
SpouseF113
Hengesbach, Aloysius
OccupationF115
Farmer
NoChildF116
2
NoMaleF116b
2
LearnedToQuiltF117
From Relative
WhenQuiltF118
Age 11-19
NumQuiltsF123
20-50 quilts
SellQuiltF127
no
TeachF129
no
NameGroupF120
local ladies
SpecialGroupF122
personal projects, and created prizes for the local for 4th of July Festivals

Page 3-Physical Description

TypeObjF008
Finished quilt
OverallWidthF12a
74"
OverallLengthF012b
80"
ShapeEdgeF013
T-cutout
PredomColorsF014
Blue
Red
White
OverCondF015
Good/moderate use
ContInscripF020
I pat tribute to my flag and the country for which it stands
MethodInscripF021
In the quilting
LocInscripF022
on block
NumBlockF026
1 American flag on a flag pole
SizeBlockF027
38 1/2” x 26 3/4”
ArrangeBlockF028
Straight

Page 4-Physical Description continued

NumBordersF033
4
BordDescF034
From outer to inner: the first border, 9”, is made of red triangles on a white background with larger blue triangles in each corner; the second border is 1 3/4” red; the third border is 2” white; and the fourth border is 1 3/4” blue.
FiberTypesF035
Cotton
ConstrucF038
Hand Piecing
ConstrucF038b
Hand Applique
FabFiberTypesF040
Cotton
NumPiecesF042
2

Page 5-Binding and Quilting

MatUsedF044
Cotton
ConstrucBindF046
Separate binding applied
Bias grain
BindWidthF047a
Bias Curved Machine stitched bias tape.
MatUsedF048
Cotton
QuiltTechF049
Hand quilting
NumStitchedF050
11
NumStitchF051
8

Page 7-Owner Information

OwnershipF082
Public- Michigan State University Museum
OwnerNameF082a
Michigan State University Museum
OwnerCityF084
East Lansing
OwnerCountyF085
Ingham
OwnerStateF086
Michigan (MI)
OwnerCountryF086b
United States
AcquiredF058
Gift
ProvenanceF058a
Gene received the quilt from his mother in 1990. She knew he and his wife would take good care of it. She told them to wash and iron it annually as she had.
QuiltHistF059
This quilt was made for the Sears Quilt Contest 1933 Chicago World's Fair. Regina Hengesbach’s Flag Quilt and Ribbon from the Sear’s Quilt Competition of 1933 When the Sears and Roebuck Company sponsored its “Century of Progress National Quilt Competition” in early 1933, our mother created a flag quilt and stitched in it, “I pay tribute to my flag and the country for which it stands.” It received a merit award green ribbon. My brother and I were very aware of the quilt as we grew up. We saw the pride she took in it and the care she gave it; washing it every year, air drying it out of doors, and carefully preserving its ribbon. She stored it in an oak blanket chest. Our mother quilted all her life until health and age intervened. As was common in her day, her mother taught her to quilt at a very early age. The oldest example I saw and handled was a small, seriously worn white and yellow, pieced quilt that I believe she kept because it was one of her earliest efforts. Her last goal was to make a quilt as a wedding gift for each of her grandchildren as they married. She succeeded in making quilts for the three older grandchildren but lamented that she was unable to do so for the younger three. Our mother always had a wooden floor quilt frame which we helped erect and take down. At times it remained set up for days or even weeks until a project was completed. Enclosed is a photograph take in the early 1980s in the dining area of her kitchen in her home in Westphalia, Michigan. It shows her, seated third from the left, together with relatives and friends and a quilt they prepared as a prize at the local annual 4th of July Festival. Several groups in Westphalia made similar prizes every year. Also enclosed is a photograph of our mother, the quilter, taken in the middle of the Sear’s quilt competition’s four month time frame-late February 1933. It also seems to fit the theme of the flag quilt as she was married on Washington’s Birthday of that year. Her sons Gene and Fred Hengesbach hereby proudly offer the quilt and its ribbon to the Michigan Quilt Project for preservation as an integral part of Michigan history.
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Detail 1 Caption
Entry ribbon
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Data Verification

verify
yes
verifiedby
Donaldson, Beth
dateverified
6
3
2014
CE

Extra Fields

IfQownerF007b
Received as a gift
SourceOtherF006a
Museum employee
SourceInfoF088b
Michigan State University Museum
OtherDamageF016a
The flag pole has faded. Some wear, the quilter washed and ironed it each year.
ShapeCornersF013b
Rounded

Image Information

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Contributing Institutions
MATRIX: Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University, Michigan State University Museum, Alliance For American Quilts
Publisher
Quilt Index
Resource Type
StillImage
ImageTypeF076
Color
SourceF077
Digital
photocredit079a1
Pearl Yee Wong
HolderF080a
MSU Board of Trustees
CreditLineF080b
Courtesy of MSU Museum
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Image cannot be distributed without permission
DisplayResF080e
Image cannot be displayed without permission
LicenseF080f
Image cannot be licensed without permission

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Entry ribbon

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