By: Laurene Sinema and Janet Carruth
During the period 1930 – 1950 several male quiltmakers were receiving ribbons and awards for their quilts. The subsequent nationwide publicity brought them to the attention of Emma M. Andres, a quiltmaker in Prescott, Arizona. Correspondence with them sparked Emma’s innate creativity and some 15 original prize-winning quilts were born. For several years before Emma’s death we were personal friends and were intrigued by her memories of these men and her extensive scrapbook collection of letters, newspaper articles, and mementos dating from 1930 – 1985. Our research consists on in-depth personal interviews with Emma from 1979 – 1987 and a comprehensive study of the five scrapbooks which pertain to her rich friendships with these men. It is a documented fact that this group of male needleworkers had a great impact on Emma Andres. Since the majority of them are forgotten in the realm of quilt history – with this paper we will also recognize their works and abilities.