Ring Around The Rosie, Paper Quilt, (Paper, Ink & Thread) 10" x 12" (Mahogany Brown Wood Frame Measures 12" x 14")
From The Bedtime Stories Series: 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