Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Designs Still Worth Doing: Defying the Design Odds, Part 1


Today we continue to explore the quilt patterns of Ruby Short McKim!  What's worth doing this week?  How about designs that defy the norm?  This is a 2 part series and tomorrow we will show a second pattern that exemplifies my theory.

1922 brought changes to Ruby's life.  She became the art editor of a new magazine for children.  Child Life magazine began in 1922 and continued for another 50 years.  It became very successful and many of us remember the magazine from our youth.  Ruby worked for Child Life for the next 16 years.

She introduced a new quilt pattern in this magazine, the Alice in Wonderland series.  Each month, one or two patterns were included in the issues and children could embroider their blocks.  And yes, it was another angular series.  But even if you think that angular patterns are dated, some things transcend styles.  Alice in Wonderland will always be a beloved children's book.  And yes, I think this one is worthwhile a second look.

A few years ago, a friend was having a tea party for her granddaughters.  

My friend wondered what she could use as favors.  I suggested placemats and used the pattern for each mat.

Sorry the above photo is so yellowed, I couldn't figure out how to edit the color properly. 

If you decide to do this kind of project for a child's party, please be advised--ALL the little girls want to be Alice.  You'll have some tears if someone has to be the Queen of Hearts or the Gryphon!  😂

Wishing you a safe and happy day!

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