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Irene Schramm's Contest Quilt

 

 

State Flower Quilt

Ruby Short McKim Design

1933 Century of Progress Quilt

Quiltmaker: Irene Schramm, Gridley, Illinois

Dwyer Collection

  

Irene (Andrews) Schramm

 

Birth:                               July 27, 1892 in Gridley, Illinois (McLean County)

 

Death:                             March 7, 1974 in Bloomington, Illinois (hospital)

 

Buried:                            Gridley Cemetery

 

Parents:                           Thomas and Olive (Walker) Andrews

 

Siblings:                           Mrs. Ethel (Andrews) Breese

                                       Mrs. Ruth (Andrews) Holmes

                                       Two brothers deceased

 

Husband:                         Frank Schramm

 

Marriage:                         May 29, 1909

 

Children:                          Mrs. Olive (Schramm) Smith

                                        Thomas Schramm

                                        J. W. Schramm

                                        Roy Schramm                  

                                        Mrs. Evelyn (Schramm) Foor                                                                 Two sons deceased

 

Irene’s Occupation:          Housewife

                                        Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) – Gridley Columnist

 

Frank’s Occupation:        Clerk – Furniture Store (1920 Census)

                                       Salesman – Hardware Store (1930 Census)       

  

Organizations:                  United Methodist Church

                                       Royal Neighbors of America

                                       American Legion Auxiliary (Past President)

 

Interests:                         Writing

                                       Quilting

                                       Letter writing ** A patriotic soul, she was known

                                       as “Grandma Schramm” to hundreds of servicemen to     

                                      whom she corresponded with.

                                         

This quilt was created by Irene Schramm from a Ruby Short McKim series design called State Flowers which she collected and clipped from the Pantagraph, a larger Bloomington, Illinois newspaper. The oral history surrounding this quilt is that it was entered in a “State Flower Quilt Contest 1931-1932” (top prize was $500.00). Then she was clever enough to turn around five months later, add a top section to the quilt with the words Century of Progress 1933 and entered it in the 1933 World’s Fair Contest.  This quilt was purchased from an estate sale by Janette Dwyer on September 30, 2003 in Gridley, Illinois.  Affixed to the quilt was a blue ribbon that reads “Fall Festival and Colt Show Gridley, Illinois August 29-31, 1940.”  This quilt was officially entered in three separate quilt events – hence the title of this article. 

 

If anyone has more information about this quilt, please contact:

Janette Dwyer

Professional Quilt Appraiser and Lecturer

19781 U.S. Highway 6

Atkinson, Illinois  61235

309-936-7618

quiltqtr@hotmail.com

 

 

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