Garden Bouquet


Quilt Index Record: 5B-9D-45

Essay Historical Background

description
Second Place Winner in Boston Regional. This Garden Bouquet quilt was made from a Nancy Page Quilt Club design by Florence LaGanke that appeared in newspapers in 1931-1932.
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. There was nothing that would disqualify a quilt entry made a few years prior to the contest deadline. The contest organizers did not want antique quilts. Quilts from the late 1920s and early 1930s reached the national round. We know when this quilt was made because these blocks appeared at the same time in newspapers throughout the nation in 1931-193. It won second place in the Boston Regional Round and was shown at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair.

Administrative Fields

InstNameF003
Waldvogel Archival Collection
InstProjNameF003a
Sears Quilt Contest 1933 Chicago World's Fair
InstInvContrNumF004
120

Information source fields

IdentPersonF006
Other
SourceOtherF006a
Quilt Historian
DateDataF006b
2003

Overall Quilt Description

TypeObjF008
Finished quilt
QuiltTitleF009
Garden Bouquet
PredomColorsF014
Beige or Tan
Blue or Navy
Pink
White
OverallColorF14b
Light or pastel colors
DateQuiltF023
1930-1949
DateBegunF023a
1932
DateFinishF023b
1932 or 1933
DateInfoF023f
Garden Bouquet, a Nancy Page Quilt Club series pattern, appered in newspapers nationwide at the same time from Fall 1931 to Spring 1932.
LayFormatF024
Block pattern

Quilt top materials and construction

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

Quilting Description

QuiltTechF049
Hand quilting

Quiltmaker identification

QuiltTopF054
Bentley, Grace May
QuiltedByF055
Bentley, Grace May

Quilt provenance

LocMadeF057a
New Haven
ProvStateF057d
Connecticut (CT)
ProvCountryF057f
United States
AcquiredF058
Inheritance
QuiltHistF059
This story was excerpted from notes taken by the quilt historian: "Not only was her quilt chronicled at the World's Fair, on its triumphant return to its home state, Connecticut, it was used as a fund raiser for her local church. On November 30, 1933, her local paper stated, "this quilt, a wonderfully lovely design of birds and flowers and a central urn, a marvel of taste and patient endeavor, together with other lesser but also fine specimens of the patchwork art, will be on exhibition at the Parlors of the Westville Methodist Church . . . . The Woman's Home Missionary Society invite the public (a small admission fee) to view these beautiful reminders of what can be done by that most wonderful of all machines, The Human Hand."

Quilt purposes uses

ReasonsF060
Challenge or Contest entry
Fundraising
PresUseF062
Keepsake/memento

Quilt design and materials sources

SourceMatF063
Purchased new
TopSourceF064
Commercial/Published source: Newspaper
CommSourceF064b
Nancy Page Quilt Club column
AddNotesF066
Exhibit notes by Dr. William Rush Dunton Jr. in 1933, on seeing this quilt "Bird 16 urns-flowers & 2 birds"

Exhibitions and Contests

ContestListF071a
Sears Quilt Contest, 1933 Chicago World's Fair Probably entered in New Haven, Connecticut where it won a top prize. In the regional round in Boston, it won second place.

Quilt ownership and contact info

OwnershipF082
Private
OwnerCountryF086b
United States

Other source materials available for this quilt

RelItemsF088a
List of Winners in Sears Catalog, see p. 108 Patchwork Souvenirs of the 1933 World's Fair. Set of "Garden Bouquet" series blocks designed by Florence La Ganke (editor of the Nancy Quilt Club) are in the collection of Merikay Waldvogel.

Quiltmaker personal information

MaidenF097b
Rand
GenderF098
Female
BirthDateF099
12/19/1871
DeathF100
1955
EnviroF104c
Urban
CityF106a
New Haven
StateF107
Connecticut (CT)
CountryF108
United States
OtherSourceMat
See another quilt made by Grace Bentley in the Quilt Index. #2166 Connecticut Quilt Search.

Image Information

ImageConF075a
Whole quilt
ImageTypeF076
Color
SourceF077
Print
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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