1932 - 1952 Ruth Patrick's "Animal Quilt"

Ruth Jones Black Patrick (1905-1999), an artist, teacher and illustrator, began making this quilt, her first, in 1932 for her infant son. He was 20 years old when she finished it! In a 1971 newspaper interview, she is quoted thus, “. . . Edward was a little boy, I needed some sort of cover for his bed and thought I’d do something original. It was just going to be a small quilt . . . but it grew as he did—into twin bed size.” She made her own designs for her quilts, inspired by life, pictures in books, and quilt patterns of the time. Her unique quilts won ribbons at Alabama State Fairs.
Currently not on view
Object Name
quilt, appliqued, pieced and embroidered
date made
Patrick, Ruth Jones Black
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
overall: 82 in x 54 in; 208 cm x 136 cm
place made
United States: Alabama, Montgomery
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
Children's Literature
Family & Social Life
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. Edward D. Black
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