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March Guild Meeting – Via Zoom

Event Type(s): pagesGuild Meetings
  • Date/Time: March 23, 2021 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Location: TBD

Our March Guild Meeting will be on Zoom and features Nova Montgomery. Almost 25,000 people entered quilts in the quilt contest of the Chicago World’s Fair of 1933 – find out why! Nova will take us back in time to see the background in our country leading up to the Fair, the factors that contributed to the enormous participation, some of the quilts made for the Fair, and the people who made them. 

Please check your latest Guild Newsletter for access information for Zoom.


A great exposition was held in Chicago in 1933 to celebrate the city’s 100th anniversary.  “A Century of Progress” was selected as the theme of the Fair to highlight advances in science and technology during the previous 100 years.  Scientific exhibits of all kinds were set up.  New inventions such as the television were seen by the public for the first time.  Foreign nations came and had pavilions to exhibit their culture, history, foods and products.  Manufacturers took the opportunity to set up displays and advertise their wares.

The Fair was a success that created great memories for the millions who attended.

Sears, Roebuck, and Company, the nation’s largest retailer, was based out of Chicago.  They built a pavilion at the fair that diagrammed their shipping and delivery systems (since most of their business was mail order) and a comfortable place for visitors to rest.  On the mezzanine level visitors could view the winners of the Sears National Quilt Contest. 

About Nova

Nova Montgomery is a quilter and quilt historian. She is an independent professional instructor and lecturer who loves sharing her passion for quilts and history with audiences and workshop participants. Nova’s relaxed style draws her audiences into the lecture and has made her a popular speaker with civic groups as well as quilt guilds. Nova has served as a guest lecturer at Texas A&M University, a member of the teaching faculty at the Vermont Quilt Festival, for multiple years at the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival, and the International Quilt Festival in Houston.  She was the featured teacher for Featherweight Frenzy at the International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln, NE. Additionally, her writing has been published in The American Quilter

Her specialty is the Singer Featherweight 221. She teaches a nationally acclaimed Maintenance Workshop on the Singer Featherweight, carries a full line of Singer Featherweight parts and accessories, and has developed specialty products for the Singer Featherweight that are unique to her.  Nova is the respected leader in the Featherweight industry.  “She is a master teacher!”

Read more about Nova Montgomery at her website: https://www.novamontgomery.com

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