Star of the Bluegrass


Quilt Index Record: 5B-9D-1D

Essay Historical Background

description
Star of the Bluegrass Quilt made from a 1948 Mountain Mist pattern based on the quilt pattern of the 1933 contest's grand prize winning quilt.
essay
The grand prize winning quilt entered by Margaret Caden of Lexington, KY is missing. It was named Star of the Bluegrass in honor of the quiltmaker's hometown. Following the contest, quiltmakers were eager to make their own quilt from the design. Sears put out a pattern as well as Cappers Weekly. It wasn't until 1948 that this Mountain Mist pattern was published. This quilt is clearly not the grand prize winning quilt. Its fabrics appear to be of the late 1940s and early 1950s. And most importantly, the trapunto quilting for which the prize winning quilt was praised is not evident here. The 1933 Sears National Quilt Contest was announced in January 1933 with a deadline of May 15, 1933. Over 24,000 quilts were entered at local Sears stores or sent to one of 10 regional mail order houses. Quilts were judged at each site with the top three winners moving onto the next round. Finally just 30 quilts reached the final judging held at the Sears Pavilion on the 1933 Chicago World's Fair site.

Administrative Fields

InstNameF003
Waldvogel Archival Collection
InstProjNameF003a
Sears Quilt Contest 1933 Chicago World's Fair
InstInvContrNumF004
082

Information source fields

IdentPersonF006
Quilt owner
IfQownerF007b
Other
IfOtherF007d
This quilt was made for the Stearns & Foster Co.'s corporate collection.

Overall Quilt Description

TypeObjF008
Finished quilt
QuiltTitleF009
Star of the Bluegrass
OverallWidthF12a
77 inches
OverallLengthF012b
90 inches
PredomColorsF014
Green
OverallColorF14b
Bright or primary colors
ContInscripF020
OtherExDateF023d
1950
OtherDateF023e
Merikay Waldvogel
DateInfoF023f
The copyright date for the pattern is 1948.
LayFormatF024
Block pattern

Quilt top materials and construction

FiberTypesF035
Cotton
FabPrintF037
Floral
Solid/plain
ConstrucF038
Hand Piecing

Quilt back materials and construction

ColorBackingF040b
Green
DescBackF043
Same fabric used throughout
Solid/plain

Quilting Description

QuiltTechF049
Hand quilting
DesignF052a
Grid square

Quilt notes and observations

FeaturesF053
The original prizewinning quilt was notable for its "trapunto" quilting. This quilt does not have this type of quilting.

Quiltmaker identification

QuiltTopF054
Unknown

Quilt provenance

ProvCountryF057f
United States

Quilt purposes uses

ReasonsF060
Other
OtherF060a
It was commissioned as a sample quilt to be exhibited at department stores or at fairs and other occasions.
PresUseF062
Other collection

Quilt design and materials sources

SourceMatF063
Purchased new
TopSourceF064
Commercial/Published source: Pattern
CommSourceF064b
Star of the Bluegrass Pattern 100 (Copyright 1948) Stearns & Foster Co.'s Mountain Mist Pattern Line

Exhibitions and Contests

ExhibitListF067a
This quilt was chosen for the exhibition of 30 quilts entitled “Patchwork Souvenirs of the 1933 World’s Fair” curated by Merikay Waldvogel and Barbara Brackman. Although the quilt was not entered in the contest, it provided the exhibit viewers an opportunity to see what the prize winning quilt looked like. The Knoxville Museum of Art and Smith-Kramer, Inc. coordinated the travelling exhibition to the following sites: Jan 7-Feb 7, 1994 Palm Beach, FL (The Society of the Four Arts); Mar 20-July 17, 1994 Lexington, MA (Museum of Our National Heritage); Aug 7–Sep 25, 1994 Midland, MI (Midland Center for the Arts); Oct 16–Dec 4, 1994 Logan, KS (Dane G. Hansen Memorial Museum; Dec 18, 1994–Apr 23, 1995 Chicago, IL (Chicago Cultural Center); May 10-Jul 2, 1995 Grosse Pointe Shores, MI (Edsel and Eleanor Ford House); Jul 23-Sep 10, 1995 Los Angeles, CA (Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum); Oct 1-Nov 19, 1995 Janesville, WI (Rock County Historical Society); Dec 10, 1995-Jan 28, 1996 Neenah, WI (Bergstrom-Mahler Museum); Feb 18-Apr 8, 1996 Lexington, KY (University of Kentucky Art Museum); May 3-July 24, 1996 Knoxville, TN (Knoxville Museum of Art).
ContestListF071a
Sears National Quilt Contest, 1933 Chicago World's Fair

Quilt ownership and contact info

OwnershipF082
Private
OwnerCountryF086b
United States

Other source materials available for this quilt

RelItemsF088a
An advertising photo of the Star of the Bluegrass quilt on a bed is in the Waldvogel Collection. Mountain Mist batting wrapper with Pattern #100 Star of the Bluegrass is in the Waldvogel collection.

Quiltmaker personal information

CountryF108
United States
OtherSourceMat
Merikay Waldvogel and Barbara Brackman. Patchwork Souvenirs of the 1933 World's Fair (Nashville, TN: Rutledge Hill Press, 1993), pp 50-51.

Image Information

ImageConF075a
Whole quilt
ImageTypeF076
Color
SourceF077
Slide
photocredit079a1
Gary Heatherly
AccessF080
Restricted
HolderF080a
Merikay Waldvogel
CreditLineF080b
Merikay Waldvogel and Barbara Brackman
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File Information

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Image - large display (550 or more pixels)
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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

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