Ruby Clear showing her quilts

AR.00027 Traditional Quilt Makers in New Mexico Survey

Ruby Clear showing her quilts. AR.00027: Traditional Quilt Makers in New Mexico Survey Project.

Ruby Goggin was born August 16, 1907, in Wellston, Oklahoma. She was a school teacher for 43 years, 16 in Oklahoma and 27 in New Mexico. She married Ray Clear in Santa Fe on June 29, 1949. She made quilts because "she enjoyed the work."

As a girl, Ruby never finished anything. "Mother would get tired of waiting" and would finish her projects for her. After her retirement in 1970, though, she took up pieceing and quilting "with a vengeance." As of July 10, 1985, she had made 185 quilts, 135 of which she had sold. The Lone Star, Broken Star, and Log Cabin quilts sold well for her, but not the Nine Patches.

July 10 1985 Date created
May 17 2017 Date modified
Curatorial Category
Textiles-United States and Canada, Textiles and Dress

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Museum of International Folk Art (publisher)
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