Ruby’s Treasures Blog Hop – The Road to Oklahoma Block

Day 4 of the Ruby’s Treasures Blog Hop!

The Ruby’s Treasures fabric collection was created by Barb Eikmeier and Paintbrush Studio to celebrate 100 years of Ruby Short McKim. In 1916 Ruby’s first quilt pattern was published by the Kansas City Star newspaper launching her career as a quilt designer. Throughout the 20s and early 30s she published numerous patterns but only one book: One Hundred and One Patchwork Patterns.

You can access the original patterns for free online at www.101patchworkpatterns.com

Hop around and collect all 6 tutorials to make a 12 block quilt. Leave a comment at each stop to be entered to win great prizes!

Paintbrush Studio has a giveaway of Ruby’s Treasures FQ bundles for each day of the hop. To be eligible for the giveaway, go to Inspired by Fabric and sign up to follow the Inspired by Fabric blog, either by email or blog reader, then come back to this blog and leave a comment letting me know that you are signed up to follow.

I was asked to participate in this blog hop by choosing one of Ruby’s blocks and make it as a 12″ block, then share a tutorial making the block in two different color ways, using, of course, the Vintage 30s Ruby’s Treasures fabric collection.

I chose the Road to Oklahoma block to make.  For my first color way I went with just one main fabric along with the background fabric.

For those of you who know me, you know I love scrappy quilts and might have as many as seven or eight different fabrics in a block like this.  But this block in this size would be perfect for a beginner quilter and many beginner quilters as well as other quilters are not always comfortable making really scrappy quilts.  This could be a fun and easy introduction into scrap quilting by making each block out of different fabric from the collection and then enjoy arranging them in to a quilt top.

purple-floral-b

For my second color way I’m using two main fabrics along with the background fabric. Picking two fabrics for the block that I decided worked nicely together.

blue-and-green

Materials needed for the block are:

From you background fabric

four 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ pieces

two 3 1/2″ squares

lights-needed

From your main fabric when making my version one of this block:

Ten 3 1/2″ squares

pieces-for-purple-floral

If making my version two of this block:

Six 3 1/2″ squares from one fabric

and

four 3 1/2″ squares from a second fabric

blue-and-green-2

Step 1. We are sewing connecting corners, so on the wrong side of four main fabric squares, draw diagonal lines from point to point.

draw-diagonal-lines

Step 2. We are making what I refer to as “Picket Fence” units. We are making mirror image units.

For two of the units; with right sides together, place a marked square at the left edge of a background rectangle. For the remaining two units; place the marked squares at the right edges of a background rectangles.

Stitch one thread width to the outside of the diagonal line (towards the corner you are going to cut away).

connecting-squares-on-rectangles

A close up showing detail of what I mean by, “stitch one thread width to the outside of the diagonal line, towards the corner you are cutting away”.  This also shows my stitching for the waste triangles I like to utilize. I sew this second line of stitching somewhere between 3/8″ – 1/2″ away from the original diagonal seam. This close up is from a unit that has a square added to the left edge of the rectangles.

close-up-of-connecting-corner

Step 3. Fold back the fabric towards the triangle and check the alignment of the triangle with the edge of the square.

press-pf-units

After the alignment has been checked trim away the waste triangle units and press towards the triangle.

cut-away-waste-triangle

Step 4. Make the center four patch from two background squares and two main fabric squares.  Arrange the squares as shown below.

four-patch-parts-2

Sew the pieces in the top row together. Sew the pieces in the bottom row together. Press towards the dark. Sew the two rows together and press in any direction you like.

four-patch-assembly

Step 5. Arrange the picket fence units, the four patch, and the remaining squares together following the diagram below.

assembly-1

Sew the units and pieces together into three rows. I pressed the seams in the top and bottom rows towards the 3 1/2″ squares, and the seams in the center portion of the block towards the center four patch.

assembly-2

Sew the rows together to complete the block, press the seams in any direction you like. The block should measure 12 1/2″ at this point and will finish at 12″.

purple-floral-b

Blog Hop Schedule

Friday 11/4: Barb Eikmeier @Barb’s Favorites

Monday 11/7: Donna Lynn Thomas @DonnaLynnThomasQuilter

Tuesday 11/8: Theresa Ward @AlwaysQuilts

Wednesday 11/9: Pat Speth @NickelQuilts

Thursday 11/10: Reeze Hanson @MorningGloryDesigns

Friday 11/11: Kelly Ashton @KellyQuilter

Enjoy!
Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

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To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.

Email: pat@patspeth.com

www.patspeth.com

 

 

 

 

Town Square – Block #1 from my Color Me Happy BOM

I uploaded a video to YouTube showing how to make the Town Square block, it’s block #1 in my Color Me Happy block of the month.

Here is the link to the video https://youtu.be/RHzxgC0CEFs

town-square-block

Starting with 5″ squares

5-inch-squares

or 2 1/2″ strips to create the block!

strips-dark

light-strips

The pattern packet for my Color Me Happy block of the month now includes materials information and quilt diagrams for making the quilt in three sizes!

Lap  57″ x 69″

Twin  71″ x 91″

Queen  99″ x 105″

I’ll be posting a new video every 4 to 5 weeks until all thirteen blocks have been posted.  It’s a fun quilt to make, so follow along on YouTube and make this in any fabric combination you love.

CMH Row Assembly A

The pattern packet can be purchased on my website.

http://www.patspeth.com/patterns.html

Please feel free to share the video link with any of your friends and quilting groups that you belong to.  https://youtu.be/RHzxgC0CEFs

Thank you,
Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.

Email: pat@patspeth.com
www.patspeth.com

Star and Crown Quilt the Star Block

I uploaded a video to YouTube showing how to make the Star Block in my Star and Crown quilt.

Here is the link to the video https://youtu.be/048Woh_1rE0

Star Block

Starting with 5″ squares; one blue and one background and turning them into half-square-triangles.

five inch squares

HST

And then the magic begins!  Sub cutting the half-square-triangles into 2 1/4″ pieces to play and design with.  I refer to these pieces as “Small Wonders”.

Small Wonders

Arrange them into star points.

arrange units

And sew together to form 1/4 of the star block.

Star Points

Select four star points and sew together into the block.

units for block

Besides the one main fabric color version I used for my block, it’s also fun to make it scrappier!

Two Fabric version

Four Fabrics

I hope this has inspired some of you to dig into your stash, cut some 5″ squares, and make this Star and Crown quilt!

Please feel free to share the video link with any of your friends and quilting groups that you belong to.  https://youtu.be/048Woh_1rE0

Thank you,
Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.

Email: pat@patspeth.com
www.patspeth.com

Picket Fence Border for the Dawn to Dusk Quilt

I uploaded a video to YouTube showing how to make the Picket Fence pieced border I used on my Dawn to Dusk quilt.  The quilt is in my More Nickel Quilts book as well as The Big Book of Nickel Quilts.

Here is the link to the video  https://youtu.be/_zqo9TFtezM

This fun and unusual pieced border is really very easy to make!

Picket Fence Border

Using my basic Picket Fence units; one light and one dark.

Light and Dark Picket Fence Units

Then sewing them together into the border blocks.

Border block

So simple and yet it can add so much to a quilt!

Half Quilt Image B

This Picket Fence border is just one of the 260 pieced borders that are in my Nickel Quilts & Borders book.

Nickel Quilts & Borders

Please feel free to share the video link with any of your friends and quilting groups that you belong to.  https://youtu.be/_zqo9TFtezM

Thank you,
Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.

Email: pat@patspeth.com
www.patspeth.com

Dawn to Dusk Quilt

I uploaded a video to YouTube showing how to make the block I used in my Dawn to Dusk quilt; it is a variation on the Northwind Block.  The quilt is in my More Nickel Quilts book as well as The Big Book of Nickel Quilts.

Here is the link to the video  https://youtu.be/HMBnDipweT8

Half Quilt Image B

This block is so simple, is fast to make, and has many design possibilities.  To me it reads like a Log Cabin block, half light and half dark. A person could play around with this block for hours arranging it in all those great Log Cabin block designs we has seen over the years.

Dawn to Dusk 1 block

And we can make it from 5″ squares or 2 1/2″ strips!

2 Pairs for blocks

2 and one half inch strips

This would also be a good block to use Charm Packs on; working with two identical Charm Packs so that you have pairs of dark and light squares.

2 charm packs

When making the sample block for the video I feel in love with this block all over again.  People often ask which of my quilts is my favorite, and I always say, “It’s the one I currently working on!”  Now I might have to add to that, also the one I just demoed on YouTube!

Please feel free to share the video link with any of your friends and quilting groups that you belong to.  https://youtu.be/HMBnDipweT8

With this video I also continue a free pattern offer: When you purchase a book from my website you can receive a free pattern of your choice from any of my published patterns (retail value $10 or less) .

Write the name of the pattern in the “Inscription Area” next to your book selection.

Book order page with circle

One free pattern per book purchased. Yes if you purchase more than one book you may select a free pattern for each book purchased!

You must write in the pattern name at the time of purchase, if a pattern name is not written in a free pattern will not be shipped after the book is shipped.   http://www.patspeth.com/store.html

Thank you,
Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.

Email: pat@patspeth.com
www.patspeth.com

Using Charm Packs in the Big Dipper Block

I’ve just uploaded to YouTube a video on using charm packs in the Big Dipper block. This block is perfect for making the most of those charm packs!

Here is the link to the video https://youtu.be/qNWArRZvGJ4

two Big Dipper blocks

Using two identical charm packs for the pairs of squares.

2 charm packs

Sorting out the squares from each charm pack into the pairs of identical squares. I like to just make a stack of these pairs and sort for my lights, mediums, and darks later.

Stacking squares

All sorted into what I considered the lights, mediums, and darks.

Sorting

And now the fun begins! I start auditioning the fabrics to see which fabrics, when sewn together, might make some great hourglass units. I’ll be combining; lights with mediums or darks, and the mediums with the darks. With this collection of fabrics there is enough color contrast within the mediums that I could combine some mediums together and have hourglass units that sparkle!

Auditioning

With this video I also continue a free pattern offer: When you purchase a book from my website you can receive a free pattern of your choice from any of my published patterns (retail value $10 or less) .

Write the name of the pattern in the “Inscription Area” next to your book selection.

Book order page with circle

One free pattern per book purchased. Yes if you purchase more than one book you may select a free pattern for each book purchased!

You must write in the pattern name at the time of purchase, if a pattern name is not written in a free pattern will not be shipped after the book is shipped.   http://www.patspeth.com/store.html

Please feel free to share the video link with any of your friends and quilting groups that you belong to.  https://youtu.be/qNWArRZvGJ4

Thank you,
Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.

Email: pat@patspeth.com
www.patspeth.com

Big Dipper Quilt – A Stash Buster

I’ve just uploaded to YouTube a video on the Big Dipper quilt. This quilt is a great project to use those less than beautiful fabrics you might have in your stash. I just grouped together darks with lights or sometimes darks with mediums.    Here is the link to the video https://youtu.be/Njw22jvPJ3w

Big Dipper for blog

This video has step by step instructions for making the Big Dipper blocks. I demo trimming the hourglass units using a piece of shelf liner with a hole in it to hold the ruler in place.

Trimming of Hourglass with shelf liner

Gorgeous fabrics, ugly fabrics, old fabrics, and new fabrics – it doesn’t matter – you can use anything you like in this quilt! Two pairs of 5 inch squares will make a block that finishes 7 inches.

Pairs of squares

With this video I also continue a free pattern offer: When you purchase a book from my website you can receive a free pattern of your choice from any of my published patterns (retail value $10 or less) .

Write the name of the pattern in the “Inscription Area” next to your book selection.

Book order page with circle

One free pattern per book purchased. Yes if you purchase more than one book you may select a free pattern for each book purchased!

You must write in the pattern name at the time of purchase, if a pattern name is not written in a free pattern will not be shipped after the book is shipped.   http://www.patspeth.com/store.html

Please feel free to share the video link with any of your friends and quilting groups that you belong to. https://youtu.be/Njw22jvPJ3w

Thank you,
Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.

Email: pat@patspeth.com
www.patspeth.com