Yellow Rose of Texas Quilt

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Pattern Names: Yellow Rose of Texas
Top By: McKay, Donoene
Quilted By: McKay, Donoene
Period: 1976-1999
Date: 1983
Location Made: Gilmer, Texas (TX) United States
Project Name: Texas Sesquicentennial Quilt Association, Texas Quilt Search
Contributor: Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin
ID Number: tqs_0134
Layout Format: Pictorial
Quilt Size: 66 in. x 80 in.
Fabrics: Cotton, Broadcloth, Solid/plain
Colors: Beige or Tan, Green, Pink, Red, Yellow
Construction: Machine Piecing
Quilting Techniques: Hand quilting
Purpose or Function: Commemorative, Artwork/wall hanging
Other Notes: After Mrs. McKay made this Yellow Rose of Texas quilt, she entered it in the American International Quilt Association's judged show, held each fall in Houston at the International Quilt Festival. Because she had quilted the rose design and tacked the background, the quilt hung unevenly, a fact pointed out by the judge during her critique. With the benefit of this helpful criticism, Mrs. McKay decided to remove all her tacking and then to quilt the background like the rose. Her quilt then hung flat. She retained a border of the tacking for the difference in texture. She changed her "finish date," embroidered on her quilt's front to 1986 to make her quilt a Texas Sesquicentennial quilt, because that is the year she considered she finally had finished her project., The Story of Emily Morgan, known as The Yellow Rose of Texas--is celebrated in story and song. According to popular tradition, Emily Morgan was a mulatto servant captured in 1836 by Mexican General Santa Anna on his way to the Battle of San Jacinto during the Texas Revolution. Legend states that Emily Morgan deliberately distracted the General, thereby enabling Houston's forces to rout the Mexican army. Her owner subsequently freed Miss Morgan for her loyalty to the Texas cause. , Quiltmaker continues to take classes in fiber art, including painting on silk.
Inscription: Donoene McKay 1986
Related Items/Publications: Bresenhan, Karoline Patterson and Nancy O'Bryant Puentes, Lone Stars: A Legacy of Texas Quilts, Vol. II, 1936-1986 (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1990), p. 168-169.
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