Phoenix Rising


Quilt Index Record: 5B-9D-37

Essay Historical Background

description
Whimsical Quilt with a Century of Progress theme.
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. The contest organizers offered an incentive for quilters to make original designs in the theme of the Chicago World's Fair "A Century of Progress." This is one of the most whimsical. These original designed quilts were not the favorites of local and regional judges, but two actually reached the final round and were judged at the Sears Pavilion. See #184 and #212 This quilt was included in the 1988 Quilt Engagement Calendar (Dutton). It was exhibited in a exhibit at the Hoover Museum (West Branch, Iowa).

Administrative Fields

InstNameF003
Waldvogel Archival Collection
InstProjNameF003a
Sears Quilt Contest 1933 Chicago World's Fair
InstInvContrNumF004
195

Information source fields

IdentPersonF006
Quilt owner
IfQownerF007b
Purchased the quilt

Overall Quilt Description

TypeObjF008
Finished quilt
QuiltTitleF009
Phoenix Rising
OverallWidthF12a
72 inches
OverallLengthF012b
92 inches
PredomColorsF014
Cream
Lavender
Purple
White
Yellow
OverallColorF14b
Bright or primary colors
DateQuiltF023
1930-1949
DateBegunF023a
1933
DateFinishF023b
1933
SubjQuiltF025
Century of Progress, Chicago History

Quilt top materials and construction

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

Quilting Description

QuiltTechF049
Hand quilting

Quilt notes and observations

FeaturesF053
Prairie Points surround the quilt's outer edge.

Quilt provenance

ProvCountryF057f
United States
QuiltHistF059
In 1998, the quilt was owned by the America Hurrah Collection. In January 1997, the quilt was in the collection of the Laura Fisher Galleries.

Quilt purposes uses

ReasonsF060
Challenge or Contest entry
PresUseF062
Exhibit
Investment

Quilt design and materials sources

SourceMatF063
Purchased new
TopSourceF064
Original to maker
PattSourceF065
Original to maker
AddNotesF066
The quilt's fanciful design commemorates the city of Chicago's efforts to overcome the Chicago Fire to become a world class city in 1933. Motifs that show up on other theme quilts for the contest are included also--a log cabin, a horse-drawn wagon, a modern automobbile, and an airplane. Compare this quiltmaker's "Sears Pavilion" in the upper left corner of the panel to others' designs that were traced.

Exhibitions and Contests

ExhibitListF067a
"Patterns of the Past: A Century of American Quilting" Jan 23, 2011 through ???, Herbert Hoover Museum, West Branch, Iowa.
ContestListF071a
Sears Quilt Contest, 1933 Chicago World's Fair

Quilt ownership and contact info

OwnershipF082
Private
OwnerNameF082a
Nancy Pfutzenreuter
OwnerCountryF086b
United States

Other source materials available for this quilt

RelItemsF088a
See photo in 1998 Quilt Engagement Calendar (Week of July 26).

Quiltmaker personal information

CountryF108
United States

Image Information

ImageConF075a
Whole quilt
ImageTypeF076
Color
SourceF077
Slide
AccessF080
Restricted
CreditLineF080b
Merikay Waldvogel and Barbara Brackman
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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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