Hickory Dickory Dock,  Paper Quilt, (Paper, Ink & Thread) 10" x 12" (Mahogany Brown Wood Frame Measures 12" x 14") by Julie Mcintyre

Hickory Dickory Dock, Paper Quilt, (Paper, Ink & Thread) 10" x 12" (Mahogany Brown Wood Frame Measures 12" x 14")


The words to the Ring Around the Rosy may date back to the Great Plague of London in 1665 or possibly when the first outbreak of the Bubonic Plague hit England in the 1300’s. The symptoms of the plague included a rosy red skin rash in the shape of a ring.  Since many believed at the time that disease was transmitted by bad smells, pockets and pouches were filled with sweet smelling herbs (or posies). The term “Ashes Ashes” refers to the cremation of the dead bodies, but the English version of the rhyme replaces Ashes with (A-tishoo, A-tishoo), perhaps because  violent sneezing was another symptom of the disease.   Over 60% of the population was believed to have died from the plague which was only halted by the Great Fire of London in 1666.  The blaze killed the rats which carried the disease via water sources.

Quilt Pattern:  Original Kaleidoscope

$125.00 CAD