I Am Woman.

On this day in 1972, Australian singer and songwriter Helen Reddy topped the U.S. pop charts with “I Am Woman.” The song represented something entirely new in an era of songs—one about the identity of women that made virtually no reference to men. Reddy wrote the song to reflect “the positive sense of self that I felt Id’ gained from the women’s movement.”

Emma Mary Martha Andres of Prescott, Arizona, hand pieced and hand quilted this quilt inspired by a cross-stitch pattern, titled “Woman Spinning,” for the Sears Quilt Contest at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. The quilt was documented by the Merikay Waldvogel Archival Collection and is part of the Joyce Gross Quilt History collection owned by the Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas-Austin.

View this quilt on The Quilt Index to find out! Read more about its history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view or click the “See full record” link to see a larger image and all the data entered about that quilt.


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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance

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The Quilt Alliance is a nonprofit 501c3 organization established in 1993 whose mission is to document, preserve, and share our International quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts, and their makers, tell about our nation's diverse peoples and their communities. In support of this mission, the Alliance brings together quilt makers and designers, the quilt industry, quilt scholars and teachers, and quilt collectors to further the following goals: To promote the understanding of the quilt as an important grassroots art form. To make information about quilts available to a broad public. To educate the public about the importance of documenting quilts and quiltmakers so that their stories will not be lost.

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