Sears Century of Progress in Quilt Making – 1933

This is one of two booklets I own which were published after the Sears National Quilt Contest associated with the 1933 World’s Fair held in Chicago. It is mentioned in the wonderful out-of-print book, Patchwork Souvenirs of the 1933 World’s Fair by Merikay Waldvogel and Barbara Brackman — a great story about the contest with fabulous photos of the entries.

When I acquired these booklets, I was researching the Autumn Leaves quilt pattern. Anyone familiar with this pattern will notice that it has been radically simplified in this publication — as have some of the other quilt entries to a lesser degree. I’ve been excited to clean it up and share it with you, though, because it’s still a wonderful, historical document.

Both of these booklets are quite rare, and owners of the originals often sell copies for up to $20. Since I wanted my readers to be able to enjoy these patterns, but also wanted to discourage anyone else from selling my images, I have added a watermark to each of the pages.  You might also be interested in the other booklet, The Quilt Fair Comes to You.

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