I think all of us know the tale of the Three Little Pigs
who went out into the world to seek their fortune,
built homes from straw, twigs and brick,
and did their best to keep away from the big bad wolf.
That was my favorite story when I was a wee girl
and I remember my Grandpa reading it to me, over and over again.
My grandma made this crib size piggy quilt when my Dad was little.
She embroidered and appliqued each square.
The quilt was passed down to me,
because I was the granddaughter who loved piggies.
And I used it when I had children of my own.
It says (in rebus form):
"Open the door and let me in.
No! By th' hair of my chiny chin chin.
Then I'll huff and I'll puff,
I'll blow your house in!"
Ruby Short McKim was the designer and illustrator of this quilt. Her quilt patterns were published in newspapers across the country in the 1920's and 30's. This piggy quilt was designed as a series. Years later I discovered the piggy pattern republished in this book of McKim designs. Naturally I had to buy the book!
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UPDATE: Please visit this link to Karen's post, Ruby McKim's Big Bad Wolf
to see another fun version of the piggy quilt.
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