Contest Kit Quilt


Quilt Index Record: 5B-9D-49

Essay Historical Background

description
Chicago World's Fair kit (one of two)
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 was not entered in the contest. Instead, it was made AFTER the contest with a quilt kit purchased at the 1933 Fair. See #066 and for another quilt made from the same kit. This quilt top came directly from the collection of Sandra Mitchell, an Ohio Quilt Dealer who passed away in 2000. Other quilts in this kit surely will show up. It is interesting to note that the only official quilt souvenir of the 1933 Chicago World's Fair that we know of is this kit. Cora Tussing (#066) reported buying the quilt kit at the Fair, not necessarily at the Sears Pavilion. The symbolism represented in this quilt design-- At the center is Fort Dearborn, below the fort is the Chicago skyline, hovering over the fort is an eagle and seal; in the upper left is a log cabin and in the bottom right is the Travel & Transport Building, the first pavilion built on the Fair site. In the upper right is a covered wagon and team; in the bottom left is an airplane. Represented are the changes in architecture over 100 years and the advances in transportation.

Administrative Fields

InstNameF003
Waldvogel Archival Collection
InstProjNameF003a
Sears Quilt Contest 1933 Chicago World's Fair
InstInvContrNumF004
211

Information source fields

IdentPersonF006
Quilt owner
RelnQuiltF007
Quilt owner
IfQownerF007b
Purchased the quilt
IfOtherF007d
See www.illinoisqulithistory.com
interviewerF007e
Waldvogel

Overall Quilt Description

TypeObjF008
Quilt top with unfinished edge
QuiltTitleF009
Contest Kit Quilt
OverallWidthF12a
88 inches
OverallLengthF012b
96 inches
PredomColorsF014
Blue or Navy
Brown
Green
White
Yellow
OverallColorF14b
Bright or primary colors
TypeInscripF019
Date
ContInscripF020
1833 to 1933
MethodInscripF021
Other
OtherMethodInscripF021a
Applique
DateQuiltF023
1930-1949
DateBegunF023a
1933
DateInfoF023f
This quilt could only have been made after the summer of 1933.
LayFormatF024
Medallion or framed center
SubjQuiltF025
Century of Progress

Quilt top materials and construction

FiberTypesF035
Cotton
FabPrintF037
Solid/plain
ConstrucF038
Machine Piecing
ConstrucF038b
Hand Applique
ConstrucF038g
Embroidery

Quilting Description

DesignF052d
This piece is not quilted.

Quilt provenance

ProvCountryF057f
United States
QuiltHistF059
Quilt top came directly from the Collection of Sandra Mitchell Ohio Quilt Dealer and Folk Art Collector who passed away in 2000. The quilt owner, Susan Wildemuth, purchased it from Barbara Lemme of sign of the Whale Antiques, Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Quilt design and materials sources

OthSourceF063a
Kit included the fabrics
TopSourceF064
Commercial/Published source: Kit
CommSourceF064b
No information on the manufacturer of the kit
PattSourceF065
Kit
AddNotesF066
The manufacturer of this quilt kit remains a mystery. However, the owner found in between a seam on the back side of this quilt top--the following words stamped in orange ink: "No. 3320 Century of Progress Quilt." According to the owner, there is more writing after that, but it is barely visible. This quilt kit could be Wurzburg, Buettner, Virginia Snow Studios or an unknown manufacturer. If you recognize this quilt kit and/or its manufacturer please notify the Quilt Index staff.

Quilt ownership and contact info

OwnershipF082
Private
OwnerCountryF086b
United States

Other source materials available for this quilt

RelItemsF088a
Two other quilt kits in this same design are in museum collections: American Museum of Folk Art (see Glorious American Quilts, p. 107) and the Western Heritage Museum (formerly the Gene Autry Museum) in Riverside, CA. Another one is in a private collection.

Quiltmaker personal information

CountryF108
United States

Image Information

ImageConF075a
Whole quilt
ImageTypeF076
Color
SourceF077
Digital
photocredit079a1
Susan Wildemuth
AccessF080
Restricted
HolderF080a
Susan Wildemuth
ReposFile
CenturyofProgressQuiltKit1933_000.jpg
5B-9D-49-461-CenturyofProgressQuiltKit1933_000.jpg
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image/pjpeg
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File Information

function
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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