Quilt Index Record: 5B-9D-4E

Essay Historical Background

description
Century of Progress quilt made in Tennessee.
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 made in East Tennessee many miles from the epicenter of excitement about the Chicago World's Fair still contains many images common to those from the Upper Midwest. Her pieced rendition of red and yellow airplanes pointed toward the center of the quilt is original. Putting the Sears Pavilion prominently in the center of her quilt is something other Century of Progress quilt designers also did. The family still owns the Sears Contest brochure that includes an illustration of the Sears Pavilion's white tower. She traced the image and used it for her applique design. She won a green merit ribbon. It is not known which store or mail order house she sent her quilt to. The quiltmaker Addie Swofford Robnette of Pikeville, TN had previously entered an earlier national quilt contest The Eastern States Storrowton Contest in Massachusetts.

Administrative Fields

InstNameF003
Waldvogel Archival Collection
InstProjNameF003a
Sears Quilt Contest 1933 Chicago World's Fair
InstInvContrNumF004
153

Information source fields

IdentPersonF006
Daughter of quiltmaker
Quilt owner
RelnQuiltF007
Quilt owner
IfQownerF007b
Inherited

Overall Quilt Description

TypeObjF008
Finished quilt
QuiltTitleF009
Sears Building
PredomColorsF014
Cream
Pink
Red
Yellow
OverallColorF14b
Bright or primary colors
TypeInscripF019
Date
OtherTypeInscripF019a
Appliqued
DateInscripF020a
1933
LocInscripF022
other
OtherLocInscripF022a
On front above the Sears Building
DateQuiltF023
1930-1949
DateBegunF023a
1933
DateFinishF023b
1933
LayFormatF024
Medallion or framed center
SubjQuiltF025
Century of Progress in Transportation

Quilt top materials and construction

FiberTypesF035
Cotton
FabPrintF037
Solid/plain
ConstrucF038b
Hand Applique

Quilting Description

QuiltTechF049
Hand quilting
DesignF052b
Other
DesignF052d
Buildings (cabins) and Transportation (sailing ships, dirigibles, covered wagons)

Quiltmaker identification

QuiltTopF054
Robnette, Addie
QuiltedByF055
Robnette, Addie

Quilt provenance

LocMadeF057a
Pikeville
ProvStateF057d
Tennessee (TN)
ProvCountryF057f
United States
AcquiredF058
Inheritance

Quilt purposes uses

ReasonsF060
Challenge or Contest entry
PresUseF062
Keepsake/memento

Quilt design and materials sources

SourceMatF063
Purchased new
TopSourceF064
Original to maker
PattSourceF065
Original to maker

Exhibitions and Contests

ExhibitListF067a
Tennessee Bicentennial Celebration/Bledsoe County Quilt Airing and Show, June 1994.
ContestListF071a
Sears Quilt Contest, 1933 Chicago World's Fair

Quilt ownership and contact info

OwnershipF082
Private
OwnerCountryF086b
United States

Quiltmaker personal information

MaidenF097b
Swofford
GenderF098
Female
EnviroF104c
Rural
CityF106a
Pikeville
StateF107
Tennessee (TN)
CountryF108
United States
SpouseF113
Robnette,

Image Information

ImageConF075a
Whole quilt
ImageTypeF076
Color
SourceF077
Print
AccessF080
Restricted
HolderF080a
Merikay Waldvogel
CreditLineF080b
Merikay Waldvogel and Barbara Brackman
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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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