Star of the Bluegrass


Quilt Index Record: 5B-9D-3B

Essay Historical Background

description
Duplicate of the Grand Prize Winning Quilt - Star of Bluegrass entered by Margaret Caden, Lexington, KY
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 grand prize winning quilt was entered by Margaret Caden although she probably had professional quilters from Eastern Kentucky make the quilt. As part of the honor of winning the $1000 top prize, the quilt was to be presented to the new first lady of the land, Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt. According to the niece-in-law of Margaret Caden, this quilt is an exact duplicate of the prize winning quilt. Miss Caden was not pleased to learn that her quilt would be given to Mrs. Roosevelt and that she would never see it again. So she had a duplicate quilt made. It is not known who made this quilt or if it is made of the same fabrics because the original quilt entry has not been seen since it was given to Mrs. Roosevelt and only b/w photos were ever taken of the quilt.

Administrative Fields

InstNameF003
Waldvogel Archival Collection
InstProjNameF003a
Sears Quilt Contest 1933 Chicago World's Fair
InstInvContrNumF004
130

Information source fields

IdentPersonF006
Quilt owner

Overall Quilt Description

TypeObjF008
Finished quilt
QuiltTitleF009
Star of the Bluegrass
PredomColorsF014
Green
OverallColorF14b
Light or pastel colors
DateQuiltF023
1930-1949
OtherExDateF023d
After 1934
LayFormatF024
Block pattern

Quilt top materials and construction

FiberTypesF035
Cotton
FabPrintF037
Print
Solid/plain
ConstrucF038
Hand Piecing
UniqueF038h
The padded (or "stuffed") quilting is distinctive. The original quilt entered by Margaret Caden was stuffed in the same design.

Quilting Description

QuiltTechF049
Hand quilting
DesignF052b
Other
DesignF052c
Grid/crosshatch
DesignF052d
Multi-leaf fern designs fill the non-pieced areas--in the solid blocks and in the outer border.

Quilt provenance

ProvStateF057d
Kentucky (KY)
ProvCountryF057f
United States
AcquiredF058
Inheritance
QuiltHistF059
It is assumed this duplicate quilt was made by professional quilters that Miss Caden employed on a regular basis, but their names are not known and its not clear if the same women worked on the original prize winning quilt.

Quilt purposes uses

PresUseF062
Investment
Keepsake/memento

Quilt design and materials sources

SourceMatF063
Purchased new
TopSourceF064
Another quilt
PattSourceF065
Another quilt
AddNotesF066
This quilt design was added to the Mountain Mist pattern line in 1950. It is Pattern #100 "Star of the Bluegrass."

Exhibitions and Contests

ExhibitListF067a
This quilt was discovered too late to be included in the exhibition “Patchwork Souvenirs of the 1933 World’s Fair” curated by Merikay Waldvogel and Barbara Brackman. This duplicate quilt was added to the exhibtion at the Lexington, KY exhibition (Feb 18-Apr 8, 1996) at the University of Kentucky Art Museum.

Quilt ownership and contact info

OwnershipF082
Private
OwnerCountryF086b
United States

Quiltmaker personal information

EnviroF104c
Rural
CountryF108
United States
OtherSourceMat
Merikay Waldvogel and Barbara Brackman. Patchwork Souvenirs of the 1933 World's Fair (Nashville, TN: Rutledge Hill Press, 1993)

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)
file_medium
image
file_format
jpeg
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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