Colonial Rose


Quilt Index Record: 5B-9D-25

Essay Historical Background

description
Winner of the second place national prize by Mabel Langley of Dallas, Texas. She used a pattern published by the St.Louis Fancy Work Company of St. Louis Missouri.
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 Mabel Langley of Dallas epitomizes the highest quality of quilting and applique being done in the 1930s. It rose through local and regional judging rounds to the final round where it won second place. The pattern, Colonial Rose, is a commercial pattern based on the traditional Rose of Sharon applique design. This quilt was not available for inclusion in the travelling exhibit, but detail slides of the quilting were provided. The top three quilts were photographed along with the judges by Sears in 1933. The photograph appeared in newspapers throughout the United States following the May 1933 judging. The actual quilt has not been examined by Brackman or Waldvogel. The information included in this record comes only from the photographic images and from a photocopied letter sent by Langley to quiltmaker Mrs. Virgil Carpenter (see #008).

Administrative Fields

InstNameF003
Waldvogel Archival Collection
InstProjNameF003a
Sears Quilt Contest 1933 Chicago World's Fair
InstInvContrNumF004
028

Overall Quilt Description

TypeObjF008
Finished quilt
QuiltTitleF009
Colonial Rose
PredomColorsF014
Green
Pink
Yellow
OverallColorF14b
Light or pastel colors
DamageF016
Fading
DateQuiltF023
1930-1949
DateBegunF023a
1933
DateFinishF023b
1933
LayFormatF024
Block pattern

Quilt top materials and construction

FiberTypesF035
Cotton
FabricTypeF036
Sateen
FabPrintF037
Solid/plain
ConstrucF038b
Hand Applique

Quilting Description

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

Quiltmaker identification

QuiltTopF054
Langley, Mabel
QuiltedByF055
Langley, Mabel

Quilt provenance

LocMadeF057a
Dallas
ProvStateF057d
Texas (TX)
ProvCountryF057f
United States

Quilt purposes uses

ReasonsF060
Challenge or Contest entry

Quilt design and materials sources

SourceMatF063
Purchased new
TopSourceF064
Commercial/Published source: Pattern
CommSourceF064b
#1213 Colonial Rose, St. Louis Fancy Work Co., St. Louis, MO

Exhibitions and Contests

ContestListF071a
Dallas Local and Regional Contests and National Round of Sears National Quilt Contest, 1933 Chicago World's Fair

Quilt ownership and contact info

OwnershipF082
Private
OwnerCountryF086b
United States

Quiltmaker personal information

MaidenF097b
Langley, Mabel
GenderF098
Female
EnviroF104c
Urban
StAddressF105
3013 North Fitzhugh
CityF106a
Dallas
StateF107
Texas (TX)
CountryF108
United States
OtherSourceMat
Merikay Waldvogel and Barbara Brackman. Patchwork Souvenirs of the 1933 World's Fair (Nashville, TN: Rutledge Hill Press, 1993), pg 29, 43 and 108.

Other quilts made by quiltmaker

AddNotesF132
Mabel Langley replied to another prize winner, Mrs. Carpenter, who asked about the pattern Miss Langley used for her quilt. Mrs. Carpenter kept the letter. July 14, 1933 Dallas, Texas Dear Mrs. Carpenter: Thank you kindly for your congratulation. Am sorry your quilt failed to win a prize. Am sure it was lovely. Sorry I don't have the pattern of mine but am sending a picture of it. You can obtain the pattern by sending 10 cents to "St. Louis Fancy Work Co." St. Louis Mo. Ask for "Colonial Rose" pattern #1213. Made mine of good grade of sateen in colors I'm enclosing. Am sure your Rsing Sun is lovely. Would sure like to have the pattern. I won first prize in Regional Contest here also first in local. If not too much trouble woul you please send me your pattern. Sincerely, Mabel Langley 3013 No. Fitzhugh

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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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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