Tobacco Flannels quilt made by Josephene Elizabeth Maldonado Speed (1876-1968, Willcox, Arizona, c. 1915.
Saturday was a fun time at the meeting of The Arizona Historical Quilt Study Group an offspring of the American Quilt Study Group. http://www.americanquiltstudygroup.org/.
We met in Tucson at the Arizona History Museum http://www.arizonahistoricalsociety.org/museums/#tuc.
Textile Curator, Loraine Jones arranged a great display of quilts for us and told wonderful stories of the people who made them. We were given a tour of more quilts in the archives.
Feather Plumes with Coxcombs quilts made by Cora Viola Howell Slaughter(1860-1941 and Edith Stowe(?-1938),Slaughter Ranch, Cochise County Arizona, c. 1890. Collection of Arizona Historical Society.
Crazy quilt, maker unknown, Arizona Territory, c. 1887. Collection of Arizona Historical Society.
The best part of the day was seeing Goldie Tracy Richmond's(1896-1972) quilt and hearing Carolyn O'Bagy Davis tell about Goldie's life. Read Carolyn's article in the Uncoverings 1999: Volume 20 of the Research Papers of the American Quilt Study Group
Papago Indian Activity's Quilt made by Goldie Tracy Richmond of San Simon Arizona in 1966.
Collection of Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona, Tucson.
Remember Arizona was the 48th state born on February 14, 1912. We are not even 100 yet!
I highly recommend Grand Endeavors: Vintage Arizona Quilts and Their Makers it is the Arizona state documentation book.