Monday, July 15, 2019

Emma Andres Fourteenth Quilt Arizona State Seal

Arizona State Seal Quilt
Original Design by Emma Andres
Collection of the Arizona Historical Society

Emma planned, designed, hand embroidered, and hand quilted this quilt. The top was completed in 1938.

Now in the collection of the Arizona Historical Society-Tucson.

Emma Andres Thirteenth Quilt 48 States Redwork

48 States Redwork Quilt

Emma purchased the patterns from the Home Arts Needlecraft Company.
Emma hand embroidered all the blocks, which took about a year.
Note the broken needle saved in the scrapbook.  This is my favorite quilt, I have a real
passion for redwork. I have a set of the exact 48 blocks.  The set of blocks, by the Rainbow Quilt Block Co could be purchased in 1933 for $1.59.My set was completed with colored thread. Someday hope to complete my interpretation of this quilt.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Emma Andres Twelfth Quilt Out Where The West Begins

Out Where the West Begins

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)

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


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.