Indianapolis 500 Quilt Made for Bobby Unser by Jeanetta Holder, 1981

Summary

Jeanetta Holder combined her sewing talents with her love of auto racing in 1976 when she created an Indianapolis 500-themed quilt for that year's race winner, Johnny Rutherford. Holder's quilts, covered with embroidered reproductions of autographs she collected over the years, became an Indy tradition. She made this quilt for Bobby Unser in 1981 after his third and final Indy 500 victory.

Jeanetta Holder combined her sewing talents with her love of auto racing in 1976 when she created an Indianapolis 500-themed quilt for that year's race winner, Johnny Rutherford. Holder's quilts, covered with embroidered reproductions of autographs she collected over the years, became an Indy tradition. She made this quilt for Bobby Unser in 1981 after his third and final Indy 500 victory.

Artifact

Pictorial quilt

Date Made

1981

Creators

Holder, Jeanetta, 1932- 

Place of Creation

United States, Indiana, Indianapolis 

Creator Notes

Made by Jeanetta Holder of Indianapolis, Indiana.

Collection Title

Bobby Unser Collection 

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2009.171.18

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Bobby and Lisa Unser.

Material

Cotton (Textile)
Polyester (Fiber)
Batting

Technique

Applique (Technique)
Piecing
Embroidering
Quilting
Hand sewing
Machine sewing (Technique)

Color

Multicolored
White (Color)
Blue
Red

Dimensions

Height: 117 in

Width: 128 in

Inscriptions

At center of quilt: 3/ 1975/ 1968/ 1981/ INDIANAPOLIS-500 Embroidered on alternating areas: NORTON In purple thread on lower right corner: MADE BY JEANETTA HOLDER / . . . / TO BOBBY-UNSER / THANKS FOR ALL YOU HAVE GAVE / TO RACING. KNOWING YOU HAS BEEN / A JOY TO ME. I'M SURE RACING / WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN THE SAME WITHOUT / YOU. SO FROM ALL THE FANS AND ME / THANKS / "MUCH LOVE" / THE QUILT LADY JNET

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