Bowl of Flowers


Quilt Index Record: 5B-9D-5

Essay Historical Background

description
This quilt made by Lois Hobgood Crowell won third prize at the Dallas regional round and was shown at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. The quiltmaker told us, "I was teaching school in Paluxy, a little village in Texas. There wasn't much to do for entertainment. When the Sears catalog came with the contest announcement, although I'd never made a quilt, I said to myself, 'Well I can do anything anybody else can' and I told my friend 'I'm gong to enter that contest.' She said, 'You can't do that' but I said 'had two hands, don't I?' My girlfriend Florence Underwood helped me stitch on it and we sent it to the mail order house in Dallas. In the summer they sent me a letter and said I'd won and there were two checks inside so I gave the smaller check to my girl friend and with the bigger one I bought a cedar chest to keep the quilt in. That was a lot of money at that time."
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.

Administrative Fields

InstNameF003
Waldvogel Archival Collection
InstProjNameF003a
Sears Quilt Contest 1933 Chicago World's Fair
InstInvContrNumF004
013

Information source fields

IdentPersonF006
Quiltmaker
DateDataF006b
May 1983 - Letter to Brackman
RelnQuiltF007
Quiltmaker
IfQmakerF007a
Made entire quilt
IfQownerF007b
Made the quilt
PartDesF007c
Designed quilt motif
Designed the pattern
interviewerF007e
Barbara Brackman
locationF007f
Interview notes and letters photocopied. Waldvogel Collection,

Overall Quilt Description

TypeObjF008
Finished quilt
QuiltTitleF009
Bowl of Flowers
OverallWidthF12a
65 inches
OverallLengthF012b
85 inches
PredomColorsF014
Blue or Navy
Coral
Green
Lavender
OverallColorF14b
Light or pastel colors
DateQuiltF023
1930-1949
DateBegunF023a
1933
DateFinishF023b
1933
FamDateF023c
1933
LayFormatF024
Block pattern

Quilt top materials and construction

FiberTypesF035
Cotton
ConstrucF038
Hand Piecing
ConstrucF038b
Blanket, buttonhole, or other decorative applique stitch
Machine Applique
ConstrucF038d
Dimensional applique
EmbellTechF038f
No

Quilting Description

QuiltTechF049
Hand quilting
DesignF052a
Patches outlined/in the ditch
DesignF052b
Floral
DesignF052c
Other

Quilt notes and observations

FeaturesF053
The stuffed applique flowers are a distinctive feature.

Quiltmaker identification

QuiltTopF054
Crowell, Lois Hobgood
Underwood, Fay
OthPeopleF056
Crowell, boyfriend

Quilt provenance

LocMadeF057a
Paluxy
ProvStateF057d
Texas (TX)
ProvCountryF057f
United States
AcquiredF058
Made by owner
ProvenanceF058a
As of 1995, quiltmaker was the owner.

Quilt purposes uses

ReasonsF060
Challenge or Contest entry
QDesignF060b
Bedding, special occasion
PresUseF062
Unknown

Quilt design and materials sources

SourceMatF063
Purchased new
TopSourceF064
Original to maker
PattSourceF065
Unknown
AddNotesF066
Lois reported that she purchased Pastoral Cloth 100 per cent cotton (wash fast and boil fast)for her quilt entry. [Reported to Brackman in 1983.] "Contest was advertised in Sears Spring Catalog 1933 promoting the use of a new line of cotton fabric called "pastoral cloth" a high quality silky textured cloth at 25 cents per yard. I quilted it along with the help of a 20 year old girl friend who had never quilted either. I had watched a professional quilter at work, and she had shown me some of the techniques of quilting." We worked for the pleasure of it. Even the young man I later married sometimes padded the flowers just to have something to do when he was visiting. Making it was more of a social event than it was a job. We just worked on it when we had nothing else that we had rather do." Asked where she got the pattern for the Bowl of Flowers design, by Brackman in April 1983, she replied: I knew that the pattern would really have to be outstandng so I saearched for patterns. I looked and looked. I saw patterns of flowers and I thought that it would be a good idea but I made my own; it's stirctly my own. I submitted my idea to Sears home decorator for advice. She gave me suggestions and it's a good thing she did. My original design had colors that had extreme contrasts. She showed me how to tone it down, blend the colors together. You know when I got my rating on that quilt I lost everything on quilting, it being my first quilt. But I got 100% on design and color and that's what won it for me."

Exhibitions and Contests

ExhibitListF067a
The exhibition of 30 quilts entitled “Patchwork Souvenirs of the 1933 World’s Fair” was curated by Merikay Waldvogel and Barbara Brackman. The Knoxville Museum of Art and Smith-Kramer, Inc. coordinated the travelling exhibition to the following sites: Jan 7-Feb 7, 1994 Palm Beach, FL (The Society of the Four Arts); Mar 20-July 17, 1994 Lexington, MA (Museum of Our National Heritage); Aug 7–Sep 25, 1994 Midland, MI (Midland Center for the Arts); Oct 16–Dec 4, 1994 Logan, KS (Dane G. Hansen Memorial Museum; Dec 18, 1994–Apr 23, 1995 Chicago, IL (Chicago Cultural Center); May 10-Jul 2, 1995 Grosse Pointe Shores, MI (Edsel and Eleanor Ford House); Jul 23-Sep 10, 1995 Los Angeles, CA (Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum); Oct 1-Nov 19, 1995 Janesville, WI (Rock County Historical Society); Dec 10, 1995-Jan 28, 1996 Neenah, WI (Bergstrom-Mahler Museum); Feb 18-Apr 8, 1996 Lexington, KY (University of Kentucky Art Museum); May 3-July 24, 1996 Knoxville, TN (Knoxville Museum of Art).
ContestListF071a
The Sears National Quilt Contest, 1933 Chicago World's Fair

Quilt ownership and contact info

OwnershipF082
Private
OwnerCountryF086b
United States

Other source materials available for this quilt

RelItemsF088a
Lois saved the three ribbons she won along with the description card that hung on her quilt while in Chicago. It read: "Third Prize Dallas Region." See photo of ribbons on pg 38 in Patchwork Souvenirs.

Quiltmaker personal information

MaidenF097b
Hobgood
GenderF098
Female
BirthDateF099
04/29/1909
EnviroF104c
Rural
CityF106a
Paluxy
StateF107
Texas (TX)
CountryF108
United States
WhyQuiltF119
Pleasure
OtherSourceMat
Merikay Waldvogel and Barbara Brackman. Patchwork Souvenirs of the 1933 World's Fair (Nashville, TN: Rutledge Hill Press, 1993), pp. 36-39.
SpouseF113
Crowell, Mr.

Other quilts made by quiltmaker

SellQuiltF127
no
TeachF129
no

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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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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