Through the 1930s, quilt contest were held frequently and were often sponsored by a local newspaper. The contest provided interesting prizes during The Depression and often (but not always) required the participants be subscribers to the sponsoring newspaper.
In 1931, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram coupled with the Leonard Brothers department store held a big quilt contest. This particular contest also featured Ruby McKim's Farm Life Quilt. The pattern had been offered for free in the newspaper throughout 1930 and part of 1931 and it had a special category in the competition.