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

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






Steamer Trunk Treasure Quilt and the Cross Block

I’ve just uploaded to YouTube a video on the Cross Block for my Steamer Trunk Treasure quilt.  This is a quilt I designed several years ago to showcase a collection of fabrics I designed for Windham Fabrics.  The fabrics have sold out long ago but this quilt pattern is timeless!  Here is the link to the video

Steamer Trunk Treasure Quilt USE THIS

This video has step by step instructions for making the Cross block.

Steamer Trunk Cross block

While making the sample block to show at the start of the video I fell in love with simplicity of this block and how easy it was to make.  It’s been several years since I made the Steamer Trunk Treasure quilt and at the time I was under a tight deadline (1 week start to finish) to get it done in time for Quilt Market and really didn’t have the time to enjoy the process.

Cross block

This time I took the time to enjoy the construction of the block as I was mentally making notes on how I wanted to present the demo of it and any hints that I wanted to pass on to a beginner quilter, or anyone making this block for the first time.

I think I will be making a quilt someday using just this block, it’s one of those projects that can be worked on between other projects when you just need to do some stitching and don’t want to do any thinking!

The Steamer Trunk Treasure quilt pattern is available for purchase from my website.

With this video I also announced 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.

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.

Please feel free to share the video link with any of your friends and quilting groups that you belong to.

Thank you,

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.


Deli Geese Project – Block #2 – Rhett

Here is block number # 2 of the Deli Geese Block Project!


2 Rhett

Since the Deli Geese method makes Top Units and Bottom Units, I’ll be working in sets of two for the blocks. Block #1 Scarlett used Top Units and Block #2 Rhett is using the Bottom Units from the same Dark Flying Geese.  Details on making the units are found here.

Bottom Unit from Dark Flying Geese

Bottom Dark unit

In the basic unit image I will not be showing a center seam even though I have one in the actual block, this is because the large Flying Geese can be constructed from larger squares which eliminate the need for the center seam and I don’t want to have to remember which image to show!  So the above image is the generic image I will be using for the Bottom Unit no matter what method I choose to use.

Rhett uses:

A – four Bottom Units from Dark Flying Geese units.

B – four 2 1/4″ squares

C – four 4 1/2″ squares

D – eight 2 1/2″ squares added to C with the connecting corner method that can be seen here.

2 Rhett

This block will measure 12″ at this point and finish 11 1/2″

Deli Geese, because they’re sliced !


Pat Speth author of:    Nickel Quilts,    More Nickel Quilts,   Amazing Nickel Quilts,  and  Nickel Quilts & Borders

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