Amish and "English": Quilts from the Illinois State Museum
Jan WassThis comparative exhibit of Amish and “English” quilts from the Illinois State Museum collection dispels the notion that Amish quilts were made in isolation from larger American trends. In Illinois, Amish and “English” quilters were using the same fabrics, techniques, colors, formats, and patterns, with only a few exceptions. The Amish didn’t use print fabrics in quilts made for their own use because of their religious beliefs, and they rarely used applique patterns or large amounts of white fabric.
In the Shadow of the Quilt: Political Messaging in Quilts
Marybeth StalpQuilts have been used to visualize political messages and express feelings. In this essay, Marybeth Stalp discusses the negative messages that certain quilts have portrayed.
Sears Quilt Contest Project, Waldvogel Archival Collection
Merikay WaldvogelMerikay Waldovogel writes about the Sears National Quilt Contest. Sears Roebuck & Co. with headquarters in Chicago was a financial backer of the 1933 World’s Fair, known as The Century of Progress Exposition. To drum up interest in the Fair nationwide, Sears announced a national quilt contest in January 1933 with prizes totaling $7500. Over 24,000 quilts were entered by the contest deadline in May 1933. It still holds the record for the most contest entries. Not only was it a huge success, it had a major impact on the quilt revival of the 1930s.