1938 - 1945 Brenda Brown's "Three Little Pigs" Quilt

Mildred C. Owen, crafted this child’s quilt for her daughter, Brenda Owen Brown, in the 1940s. “The Three Little Pigs” pattern was designed by Ruby Short McKim in 1934 and published in various newspapers. Embroidered inscriptions and appliqued motifs on seven blocks relate the well-known story. “Open the [applique of a door]; And Let Me in; NO? by the hair; Of my Chin [two appliqued chins]; Then I’ll Huff; and I’ll Puff; I’ll blow [applique of house] in.” Eight other appliqued blocks depict 3 pigs, 3 houses, and two blocks for the wolf. It was quilted by a neighbor. This is a delightful example of a children's story used as an inspiration for crib or children's quilt patterns.
Mildred C. Owen was born on August 18, 1913 in Calhoun, Georgia, to Charles Lee and Nora Starnes Chatmon. She and her two sisters grew up doing many kinds of handwork and made many of their own clothes. Mildred was also an avid gardener, her hybridized daylilies won horticulture awards. Mildred died June 8, 1973 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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date made
Owen, Mildred C.
place made
United States: Georgia, Atlanta
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
overall: 48 in x 33 in; 122 cm x 84 cm
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accession number
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Credit Line
Gift of Brenda Kathryn Brown
Children's Literature
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National Museum of American History


I knew Mildred for many years & am so happy to see her work. She was a wonderful person & I remain close friends w/ her family. She was also a great Gardner a was known for her beautiful day lilies & hybridized a day Lilly. She was a wonderful cook and I still miss her buttermilk biscuits.

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