|Ribbon Still Attached
A First Place County Fair Winner!
Macoupin County Illinois 2002
Beautiful isn't it?
Hand pieced and hand quilted - the maker had a gift for color and placement.
Another special feature - it is 100% Polyester.
That's right, double knit top and backing and filled with polyester batting. I had so many questions I started researching as soon as I got back in the car.
|Illinois Map - Macoupin in Red
Macoupin County is in Illinois. The county seat is in Carlinville, Illinois.
The fair has a Facebook site and they responded to my inquiry within an hour. Would I be able to access fair records from 2002? Maybe.
The responder gave me a name and phone number for the Fair Board where I left a voicemail.
I did a little research on the fair.
The county fair has a rich history - 163 years making it the oldest county fair in Illinois history.
The polyester of my youth was never a quilt.
It wasn't a jumpsuit either - let alone backless.
No, it was pull over shirts with stretchy ribbed necklines, mini skirts and stretch pants.
There were colors and textures, polyester could do so much!
I don't think I ever saw a polyester quilt.
The quilt my grandmother made for my wedding in the 1980's had poly blend fabrics and poly batting. She never would have hand pieced and hand quilted polyester double knit.
The maker of my new found treasure made a work of art out of her polyester double knit - and all by hand.
In subsequent phone conversations the fair board representative was able to confirm it is highly likely the ribbon belongs to the quilt. It was entered in the 'Hand Quilted - Small' category and the measurement fit the entry description based on her 2002 Fair Book.
The writing on the back of the ribbon provided the numeric code representing the entrants name. Unfortunately the fair is only able to keep their records for 10 years - they are not digitized and stored. She also mentioned once an entrant gets a number representing their name, they keep it for life. The number on my quilt has been retired, meaning the maker is deceased.
The maker remains a mystery. I've tried the newspapers and found livestock and 4H ribbon winners. I am holding out hope someone might recognize the quilt. With this skill - this wasn't a first project.
She may have entered her project more than once.
Was the quilt made decades ago when double knits were so popular?
Did she buy yardage or cut up clothing?
What other quilts did she make?
This is another example - why all quilts need labels!
The backing is green, and was folded to the front to create the binding.
I will link this post on the Fair Facebook page hoping maybe, just maybe, someone knows more about this quilt. My goal is to identify the maker and preserve her name with this beautiful quilt. Her work in polyester double knit just might last forever and it deserves to carry her name.
Have you made a polyester double knit quilt?
Want to collect them?
I'd love to her your polyester story.
Read more about polyester HERE.
Polyester in Fashion HERE.
Wonkyworld Polyester Quilts HERE.