Sunday, November 20, 2011
Ruby Short McKim Revival
Ruby Short McKim, July 27, 1891- July 1976
“What is the compelling fascination of quilts?” is a question I hear frequently once someone discovers my passion for quilt history. One of the reasons I give is because quilt history is a natural vehicle for learning about the changing theories of social history and, more specifically, the changing tides of women’s history. But quilts also have an amazing thread linking them to the study of economics, trade and the industrial revolution.
After the 1880s, quilts also gradually began to reflect the shifts in Western attitudes about children and childhood, i.e. childhood as distinct from the world of adulthood, a trend that blossomed as we entered the 20th century.
Children, Art and Ruby Short McKim
Children and art naturally make me think of Ruby Short McKim, the 33rd Inductee of The Quilters Hall of Fame. McKim's first quilt designs focused uniquely on themes that would entertain children but eventually her newspaper series contained many traditional quilt patterns as well.
To read my complete article, visit The Quilters Hall of Fame blog by clicking here.