Andrew Quilt Blocks

Many South Dade quilters expressed their hurricane experiences through quilting. These two blocks are part of the Miami Centennial Quilt, made in 1996 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the City of Miami. The quilt is in the HistoryMiami museum collections.

by Beatrice Esplin

Machine piecing, appliqué, silver lame embellishment on cotton

"Ever since Hurricane Andrew, I've thought of the devastation wrought by that storm to our South Dade area and of the impact it had on individuals, families, homes, property, nature and historic sites," says Ms. Esplin. "The silver lining is the courage of those who persevered and rebuilt better than ever, like our Cape Florida lighthouse," which was relit on July 19, 1996.

by Maya Schoenenberger Boeglin

Crazy quilt, strip piecing, appliqué

Ms. Boeglin and her family moved to Miami in the fall of 1995 and visited Biscayne National Park and the Everglades. "I saw the remnants of the damage Hurricane Andrew did to this area and I was appalled. Some places look completely different and much sadder now." Her block combines fallen growth and new vegetation. "Dead large trees together with the newly grown smaller trees and bushes, demonstrating nature's opposites, destructive and regenerative forces."