4410 - Cherry Cow

4410 - Cherry Cow
Lynn Rubel
Prescott, AZ    USA

Width: 10.75"   Length: 9"

Designer: Western Artist Cynthia Rigden sketch, Cindy Phar converted the sketch to a quilt pattern. Used with permission.

Materials/Techniques: Front is cotton fabric and cotton blend, machine embroidered. Eyes and nose are ultra suede. The back is an old pair of Levis pocket, waistband and belt loops (a little alternative to a shirt sleeve).

Artist's Statement: My great grandmother and father imported the first Hereford Bull from England and for 4 generations raised herefords throughout the State of Arizona. Originally the cattle grazed at the foot of the Chiricahua Mountains. by an early ranch known at the Chiricahua Cattle Company. Because Chiricahua was difficult to say by those who worked for the ranch and the cattle were a bright and shiny red the soon became know at the "cherry cows" Cynthia Rigden graciously sketched out a calf, bull and cow for me so that I could quilt my own "cherry cow" herd. This little "doggie" didn't make it into the wall hanging with the rest of the herd, but I am hoping he will find a home on someone's wall that appreciates history.

Dedication: Henrietta Pierpont Rockfellow Rubel born April 17, 1897 in Tucson, Arizona (died Dec. 11, 1990). She grew up in Tombstone on the Cochise Stronghold Ranch. Her father was acquainted with the Apache Chief Cochise. Hankie often told us of stories that as a child the family would hid out in the caves above the Cochise Stronghold waiting for Cochise and his warriors to leave. Henrietta or “Hankie” as her grandchildren called her excelled in horsemanship, marksmanship, and other outdoor skills. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.A.. She was an early member and president of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority (the very first Greek-letter sorority for women). After graduation, she taught primary grades at the Tombstone School . Hankie married Albert Chatfield Rubel aka “Cy” in the church in Tombstone he grandfather had helped build. After their marriage, Cy and Hankie spent a year in Veracruz , Mexico . They came to Long Beach , California in 1922, crossing the sand dunes from Yuma on the old narrow plank road which was laid in sections in the shifting sands. The journey took three days. During their married life, Hankie and Cy visited many countries, including Costa Rica , Panama , all over South America and the Pacific. Hankie enjoyed the challenge of strange languages and cultures. Her manner was natural and unspoiled. Hankie remained an active sportswoman, riding horseback until well past the age of seventy. Her interests included gardening, she was an avid reader, especially of history. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in the early 1980’s and continued to live with this disease for the next 20 years. The blessing through Hankie’s journey with Alzheimer’s was a woman who dedicated her life to my grandmother (she went to work for the Rubel household when she was 20) and that was Este Andrade, who recently celebrated her 98th birthday. She stayed with my grandmother to the very end and continues to be a beloved friend of the family. I honor her as well as my grandmother in this mini-quilt.

This quilt is displayed with Fast Finish Triangles.

This quilt earned $50.00 for the AAQI.