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The 1933 Sears Quilt Contest Revisited! Presented by Quilt Alliance
The 1933 Sears National Quilt Contest attracted 24,878 entrants vying for the grand prize of $1000 in the depths of the Great Depression. The fact that the winner may not have made the quilt and that the whereabouts of that quilt are unknown add to the intrigue and mystery swirling around this great quilt story.

Barbara Brackman and Merikay Waldvogel reminisce about their early sleuthing adventures in the 1980s, culminating in the 1993 book and exhibit Patchwork Souvenirs of the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. At the time of its publication, they had located 100 Sears Contest quilts, but not the grand-prize quilt entered by Margaret Caden of Lexington, KY.

In this Textile Talk, Barbara and Merikay will take another look at the contest, its impact, and what might have happened to the Caden Quilt.

Mar 22, 2023 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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