Thursday, April 25, 2019

Emma Andres Twelfth Quilt Out Where The West Begins

Out Where the West Begins
1934

This was Emma's original design.  Took over a year to complete. 
The scrapbook says she dye the brown fabric around the pictures.

When Emma entered the quilt in the local fair years after it was completed, much was made about the swastika design in the border.  Of course most know the swastika design was not recognized as bad until after WWII.  The swastika was use in native Indian designs.















































Emma Andres Eleventh Quilt Wedding Ring



Double Wedding Ring (top only)
1933


Emma's scrapbook says the Sister at the House of Good Shepherd quilted the top.
Emma donated to the quilt to the Altar Society, it raised $36. 
Location unknown.


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Emma Andres Tenth Quilt Puff Quilt




Emma says many times in the scrapbook, quilted in my lap at the store. Emma sent for the Mountain Mist quilt hoop.  This Puff Quilt was the first quilt she quilted using her new "whoop".  Wonderful to have the letter from The Stearns and Foster Co dated January 30, 1933.














The Stearn's and Foster Company Quilting Hoop

1933



Emma's hoop is not in the collection. It is thought that she loaned it to someone in Prescott.  Have you ever seen a hoop like this?  This is the only photo of this, her 10th quilt. 
Note in the scrapbook, 1952 the quilt received 1st place in quilting at the Yavapai County Fair.  There is a large box with Emma's ribbons in the collection. I have not attempted to search for the ribbon. 






Emma Andres Ninth Quilt Broken Star


Broken Star

Emma's notes in her scrapbook say, she cut the pieces herself.  The border materialized out of a dream Mrs. Scapel had. Quilted on the whoops. Made a stencil of feather design for the quilting.

Emma gave a quilt like this, but with larger pieces for a raffle and it brought $48.  Allan ??


Note--This sure makes me wonder how many hours Emma quilted in a day. Seems she did have
friends that influenced her quilts.  Did they also quilt? Was there a group of quilters?  Emma has
many scrapbooks in the collection.  I have purposely resisted even opening them. such a rabbit hole. Are there other clues. I sure am not a scholar. Emma had a long, long friendship with Carrie Hall.  There are many letters from Carrie. They talked about quilting and Carrie even sent Emma a pieced block. Carrie admired Emma's Lady at the Spinning Wheel Quilt.  Carrie says she made one like it in black, gave to a niece.  Sure wonder where that is today.













































Friday, November 2, 2018

Emma Andres Eighth Quilt Doll Nine Patch






Nine Patch Doll Quilt
c. 1933

Emma's notes say she got the idea from a quilt some tribe of Indians had made for Mrs. Fortner.
Hand pieced and hand quilted.




















Thursday, November 1, 2018

Emma Andres Seventh Quilt Baby Flower Garden

Emma's 7th Quilt
Baby Flower Garden
1932


Emma's Baby Flower Garden has 1500 pieces. Fabric from Emma other quilts and plain colors.





Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Emma Andres Sixth Quilt Rainbow Quilt

Rainbow Quilt
McKim Studio
Ready Cut $4.00

Emma made her sixth quilt  in 1932. The first quilt she quilted on her new "whoops".  She added a green border.  Sent the quilt to her sister Alice for a raffle. Whereabouts unknown.



Note-- this original page was not in Emma's scrapbook when I purchased the collection.  I found the original in the archives of Joyce Gross in the Briscoe Center. Joyce befriended Emma in the latter years of Emma's life.  Emma sent several of her scrapbooks to Joyce.  Joyce wrote about Emma in her  Quilters' Journal, Summer 1981





Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Emma Andres Fifth Quilt Lady at the Spinning Wheel

Emma's 5th Quilt
Lady at the Spinning Wheel
1932





Emma's most famous quilt inspired by a cross stitch design. Her first original quilt. 

 Emma's hand drawn design






Purchased by Joyce Gross in 1982 for $250. The quilt is now in the Briscoe Center for American Study, University of Texas-Austin.  

Emma entered this quilt in the 1933 Sears Century of Progress Quilt Contest and received a Merit Award.



I was very honored to be able to see the quilt in person at the Briscoe Center for American History
thanks to Lynn Bell, Associate Director for Material Culture.  What was really of interest to me was being able to see the back of the quilt.  It did not disappoint, Emma without exception. 


























Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Emma Andres Fourth Quilt Fan

Emma's 4th Quilt
Fan 1932




Emma's 4th quilt was a Pink and Green Fan. She quilted it on her lap using a double thickness of Mountain Mist sheet wadding. She gave this to Ed for a Wedding present. Wonder if the Ed was her brother Edward?  I am guessing the darker background is green and the lighter pink.  With the print in the fans blades.







Emma Andres Dresden Plate Quilt




Emma’s Dresden Plate quilt
1932

Emma says really made it before Wild Rose.  She labeled it 3a.

Mrs Pryor Andrews gave me the pieces all sewed for border and blocks.
I put them on unbleached muslin and quilted it on my lap.