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

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.


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.


Materials needed for the block are:

From you background fabric

four 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ pieces

two 3 1/2″ squares


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

Ten 3 1/2″ squares


If making my version two of this block:

Six 3 1/2″ squares from one fabric


four 3 1/2″ squares from a second fabric


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


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).


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.


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


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


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


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.


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


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.


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″.


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


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

Nickel Quilt  YouTube Channel

Nickel Quilt  Facebook page

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






72 thoughts on “Ruby’s Treasures Blog Hop – The Road to Oklahoma Block

  1. that is certainly different from your usual 5″ squares for making blocks. But I like it, I like your scrappy very much. will give this one a try.

  2. Already follow Inspired by Fabric by Email & Bloglovin 🙂

    Looove your block..’specially the blue & green version!! Beautiful!! thanks for the tutorial & chance to win the give-a-way too 🙂

  3. I enjoyed your tutorial especially seeing it in the two settings. I enjoy scrappy quilt making, yet, it is nice to occasionally do a two color quilt. I follow Inspired by Fabric by email and always enjoy their posts. Thank you for sharing and the give away opportunity! Have a fantastic creative day!

  4. Ruby McKim was one of the first names I heard when I started to quilt. I like your versions.
    I am signed up at Inspired by Fabric.

  5. I like both of your quilt blocks but think I prefer the extra color in it. Thanks for the tutorial. I follow Inspired by Fabric through email.

  6. Such an easy block but can look complicated based on the fabrics used. I prefer the mixed color block but both look great. I received email posts from Inspired by Fabric.

  7. I can’t decide if I like the 2 or 3 color block better, but it’s a great block that I think I’ll use for a quick baby quilt. Love your Nickel Quilts, and I follow Inspired by Fabric through email.

  8. I follow Inspired by Fabric on Bloglovin.
    I like this block especially in the purple. It looks different when you use two fabrics.

  9. I already follow the Inspired by Fabric blog through Blog Lovin. I am really enjoying all these tutorials. They are so easy to follow!

  10. Hi Pat, it’s nice to meet you via Blog. Road to Oklahoma is a keeper, and for a novice quilter like me, easy. Thank you so much for sharing both colorways /combo’s.

  11. I have been a follower of Inspired by Fabric for quite some time, love it. Thank you for the tutorial, I have made this block previously but this makes it easier.

  12. I follow your blog through e-mail. I love this block, both colorways. I think I am more partial to the blue and green one, since pink is definitely not my color, but I like the block with two colors or with three.

  13. PS, I also follow Inspired by fabric by e-mail, but at a different address. Thanks for the chance to win – though I might be too late, but that’s okay, too!

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