Friday, April 13, 2012

Emma Andres

Emma Andres
Prescott, Arizona
1902 - 1988

I became a huge fan of Emma Andres in 1992 when I first saw her quilts and read about her in the Arizona quilt documentation book
Grand Endeavors: Vintage Arizona Quilts and Their Makers

and in the
1990 Uncoverings "Emma Andres and Her Six Grand Old Characters by Janet Carruth and the late Laurene Sinema
Emma was inducted in the Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame, Class of 2009. 
Emma was also a contemporary of Florence Peto and you can read a little about Emma and her friendship with Florence  in the book
A Passion for Quilts The Story of Florence Peto

The Quilt Index now has downloadable copies of the Quilter’s Journal. In the Summer 1981 issue Joyce Gross wrote the story of Emma Andres.

Quilters Newsletter Magazine April 1984 also has a very nice article about Emma.  I even know several people who met her and went to Prescott to visit her.

One quilt titled Lady at the Spinning Wheel (AKA Silhouetter) was purchased by Joyce Gross sometime in the early 1980’s. That quilt is now in the  Joyce Gross Collection at the University of Texas at Austin.
You can read a little about that here 

I am dreaming Lady at the Spinning Wheel  might someday be returned to Arizona.
Most of Emma quilts are in the care of Mark & Jill Tetreau. Janet Carruth has been doing some intense research for the last several months. Emma kept wonderful scrapbooks. Those who attended the Arizona Regional Quilt Study Day, March 24, 2012 in Tucson, Arizona were most fortunate to see Emma's quilts. They are amazing.  So hoping Janet will continue her research and write a book about Emma Andres.
Janet Carruth with Emma Andres' Ninety and Nine


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