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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Object Name
date made
Owen, Mildred C.
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
overall: 48 in x 33 in; 122 cm x 84 cm
place made
United States: Georgia, Atlanta
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Children's Literature
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Brenda Kathryn Brown
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