Looking through records and accounts of the 1893 fair we see mention of intriguing needlework items--- among them something that sounds spectacular: The 'Columbian Celebration Quilt'
In the center an "American shield: I can just imagine it.
...13 stars and spreading palm branches with...
The American Eagle
... bordered by strips featuring the the arms of Illinois (the state seal)...
Imaginary the appliqued Columbian Celebration quilt will have to remain because it really isn't a quilt. Like maize/corn there is a translation problem. The New York Times explained it:
Well, that Columbian bedspread could provide inspiration for an appliquéd medallion.