Woman Spinning (Green Merit Ribbon)

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Pattern Names: Lady At Spinning Wheel, Silhouette
Top By: Andres, Emma Mary Martha
Period: 1930-1949
Date: 1933
Location Made: Prescott, Arizona (AZ) United States
Project Name: Sears Quilt Contest 1933 Chicago World's Fair
Contributor: Waldvogel Archival Collection
ID Number: 068
Quilt Size: 70 inches x 82 inches
Fabrics: Cotton
Colors: Red, White
Construction: Hand Piecing
Quilting Techniques: Hand quilting
Purpose or Function: Challenge or Contest entry
Description: Woman With Spinning Wheel pieced using red and white squares inspired by a cross-stitch pattern.
Other Notes: Joyce Gross acquired the quilt from Emma Andres in the 1980s. The Joyce Gross Quilt History Collection including this quilt was acquired in 2008 by the Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas-Austin., The Joyce Gross Quilt History collection has the tissue paper pattern., Emma Andres spent her entire life in Prescott, Arizona. Reading magazines and newspapers for sale in her father's cigar store, she discovered the world outside Prescott. When she sent to a women's magazine for an applique quilt kit, it marked the beginning of a lifetime interest in quiltmaking and quiltmakers. Through a newspaper article, she discovered Charles Pratt, a quiltmaker famous for pictorial quilts made of tiny squares of colored silk. For years they maintained a friendship through letters. This quilt, with 3630 pieces, simulates Pratt's quilt designs. Emma Andres developed lifelong friendhsips with quiltmakers such as Florence Peto and Carrie Hall. She proudly displayed scrapbooks of correspondence from these famous quilters along with her own prize-winning quilts in her "Happiness Museum" the name she gave to her father's store when she became the owner. In the 1933 Sears Contest, she entered this quilt in the Los Angeles region and she won a green merit ribbon. She kept the correspondence concerning the quilt contest from the Sears contest organizers.
Related Items/Publications: Photo of Emma Andres is on pg 23, Patchwork Souvenirs. See the Joyce Gross Quilt History Collection for correspondence and ephemera related to Emma Andres and her quilts.
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