Donna Wisnoski curated an exhibit which commemorates the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI (11/11/2018). 

Learn more about Professor Hanson at her ASU Webpage or her personal Website. To learn more about cochineal, the book A Perfect Red: The History of Cochineal by Amy Butler Greenfield is an excellent resource. It is available in many libraries.

The October 27, 2018 Regional Study Day​​

An Overview of the Day

Quilting in the Jewish Culture 
Presented by Dr. Ferne Zabezensky

This reproduction of a Kansas City Star pattern (left) from that era was made by several members of the Pebble Creek Quilters. In 2017, it hung in the Kansas City WWI Museum.

Lenna and Anne explored how doll quilts reflect the evolving roles and expectations of girls and women in American culture: from the restrictive domestic life of the early 19th century to the freedom and independence of the late 20th century.  They shared numerous examples of doll quilts spanning 200 years to demonstrate how these textiles reflect the changes.


The sales were an important, and fun, part of the meeting. Attendees were given the opportunity to sell their own items and/or donate items with the proceeds benefiting the study group. 

Presented by Lenna DeMarco (Professor Emeritus) and Dr. Anne Hodgkins (Professor Emeritus)

The Day Ended with Show and Tell

Arizona Quilt Study Group

©Arizona Quilt Study Group 2020

The color and stability of textile dyes is a key factor in dating quilts. In Arizona, cochineal, originally found and cultivated on cacti in Central America, is one the more important natural dyes available in the landscape. Erika discussed cochineal’s history, use, and its important role in fiber arts. She showed samples, demonstrated how the dye is made, and described how fibers are dyed using cochineal. 

Red, White, and Blue

Desert Red

An Introduction to the Technical and Historical Aspects of Cochineal Dye
Presented by Professor Erika Lynne Hanson

Ferne presented a thorough review of how quilting evolved in the Jewish culture with emphasis on its development in the United States. She shared many examples of early Jewish quilts and discussed the symbolism that identifies a quilt as a Jewish, or Jewish influenced, quilt. Ferne also shared her extensive collection of Jewish fabrics and representative quilts and quilted objects.