Autumn Leaves


Quilt Index Record: 5B-9D-23

Essay Historical Background

description
Appliqué Quilt in Anne Orr design that won Fourth Prize in National Round.
essay
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. This quilt by Mary Hilliker of Missouri won Honorable Mention (the equivalent of Fourth Prize) at the national judging. It was photographed by Sears in 1934 when the quilt was included in the smaller exhibit of regional winners at the Sears Pavilion. Waldvogel and Brackman tried diligently to locate the quilt for inclusion in the Patchwork Souvenirs book and exhibit, but were unsuccessful. Later, a quilt dealer purchased the quilt from the quilter's descendants and has since allowed it to be photographed and exhibited in Nashville. Interestingly, this Autumn Leaves pattern was designed by Anne Orr, who was one of the final round judges. Another quilt in the same pattern reached the final round, too. See #157.

Administrative Fields

InstNameF003
Waldvogel Archival Collection
InstProjNameF003a
Sears Quilt Contest 1933 Chicago World's Fair
InstInvContrNumF004
022

Overall Quilt Description

TypeObjF008
Finished quilt
QuiltTitleF009
Autumn Leaves
PredomColorsF014
Pink
OverallColorF14b
Light or pastel colors
DateBegunF023a
1933
DateFinishF023b
1933
LayFormatF024
Medallion or framed center

Quilt top materials and construction

FiberTypesF035
Cotton
FabPrintF037
Floral
Geometric
Solid/plain
ConstrucF038
Hand Piecing
ConstrucF038b
Hand Applique

Quilting Description

QuiltTechF049
Hand quilting
DesignF052a
Grid diamond
DesignF052b
Cables
DesignF052c
Grid/crosshatch

Quilt notes and observations

FeaturesF053
Prairie Points are added to the edges.

Quiltmaker identification

QuiltTopF054
Hilliker, Mary
QuiltedByF055
Hilliker, Mary

Quilt provenance

LocMadeF057a
Carl Junction
ProvStateF057d
Missouri (MO)
ProvCountryF057f
United States
AcquiredF058
Purchase

Quilt purposes uses

ReasonsF060
Challenge or Contest entry
PresUseF062
Investment

Quilt design and materials sources

SourceMatF063
Purchased new
TopSourceF064
Commercial/Published source: Pattern
Commercial/Published source: Kit
CommSourceF064b
Autumn Leaves by Anne Orr Studios. The design was offered as a pattern and a kit.

Exhibitions and Contests

ContestListF071a
Kansas City regional contest and the national round judging of the 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
B/W photo of the quilt is included in Patchwork Souvenirs, pg 44 (Permission Provided by Sears Archives). Sears Catalog page listing Regional Prize Winners - see pg 108 Patchwork Souvenirs.

Quiltmaker personal information

MaidenF097b
Hilliker
GenderF098
Female
EnviroF104c
Rural
CityF106a
Carl Junction
StateF107
Missouri (MO)
CountryF108
United States
OtherSourceMat
Merikay Waldvogel and Barbara Brackman. Patchwork Souvenirs of the 1933 World's Fair (Nashville, TN: Rutledge Hill Press, 1993), pg 44 and 108.

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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