Ruby’s treasures blog hop winner.

I hope everyone enjoyed the blog hop featuring the Ruby’s treasures fabric line from Barb Eikmiere. After being asked to participate in the hop and deciding which block I would showcase, I thought about an old box of old Kansas City Star patterns that I had. I dug the box out and discovered that I have 49 original patterns from the Star newspaper that were Ruby McKims designs.

I didn’t know at the time that I had picked a design from one of the patterns that I had.

I looked through all my patterns to see if I had any of the patterns that the other hop hosts had used. I didn’t, but I do have the one that Barb made using the beggar block pattern and her Ruby’s treasure fabric line.

What fun it was to discover that I had the original block pattern that had been published in the paper.

I hope you enjoyed the blog hop and the winners are  Gloria Cotten  for the fat quarter bundle and Kathy Cummings Slaughter for my e-book.  Congrats ladies!

Have fun and enjoy using The Ruby’s treasures fabric line!


Ruby’s Treasures Blog Hop!

Design wall 12/5/16 purple string quilt

I have become so addicted to string quilts. Whether I’m making squares or sashing units,it doesn’t matter. I just love sewing those strings together and coming up with different ways to put them together into quilts!
I bought these blocks online probably 16 years or so ago. At the time I thought it would be a fast way to put a quilt together  (save time by not having to piece the blocks) and have something to practice my machine quilting on.

Needless to say, I never did get them made into a quilt top.

I always knew I had them in a box somewhere………but where?????

I finally ran across them this last week and knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. I started pulling purple strings from my string basket and cutting a few more.

I’m hoping to find time this week to work on getting the sashings finished. I have all the string pieces made, just need to sew them together to make the sashing units.

But right now I have to get back to the longarm. Check out more design walls at


Design wall 11/21/16 Zig zag and string towers

After deciding to put plain borders on the zig zag quilt, it went pretty fast getting the top completed and ready to quilt. Now my delimma is “panto or custom” for the quilting????? I’ll decide that later.

I’ve been working on another string quilt and finally have it ready to assemble into rows. I’m not real sure about it……..but I used up more strings!!

I call it towers. What do you think?

Anyway, the towers are on my design wall and hopefully I will find time this week to get them sewn together. To see more walls check out


Design wall 11/14/16 gelato zig zag

I got an idea a while back about using EE Schenk’s gelato fabric in a zig zag design. I have a few of the different colors that it comes in, and since I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, I went with one that doesn’t have a big noticeable change in the colors.

I played around with maybe doing a pieced border of some kind, but decided against that idea.

I’m just going to make a simple border and let the colors make a design around the quilt. 

Much faster! Then I can move on to  another project. Maybe I’ll try another zig zag with one of these colors. I think the top one would look good.😀 but for today, that’s what’s on my design wall. Check out more design walls at


My favorite quilt at festival

There were so many beautiful quilts at the Houston festival again this year, but my favorite quilt was this one. This quilt fascinated me.  When I first  looked at the quilt, it looked as if the circles were joined and went together. But they don’t. Each circular design is it’s own circle. Fascinating!  I love the way it fools the eye! Beautiful quilt!!  It didn’t receive a ribbon at the show, but it was an amazing quilt!! The quilt that got viewers choice was amazing too.

Wow! Is all I can say!  


Ruby’s Treasures Blog Hop!

Day 3 is my turn to jump into the hop. Each day of the hop Inspired by Fabric will be giving away a FQ bundle, so be sure to go and sign up to follow their blog, either by email or blog reader, and then come back and leave a comment on my blog. I will give away an e-book of my book “Sew, Slice, Spin and Sash” from all the comments.
Ruby Short McKim wrote only one book, 101 Patchwork Patterns and all the patterns are free to download at
It was hard to choose from all the patterns, but I finally chose to make the Dutchmans Puzzle block.


It’s made using 8 flying geese (FG) units and my favorite way to make FG is doing the no waste method.

Let’s get started.

From blue print cut 1-    7 1/4″   x  7 1/4″ square

From the pink and blue print cut 1-    7 1/4″  x  7 1/4″ square

From the background cut 8-  3 7/8″  x    3 7/8″ squares

(oops, I marked the BG squares before taking the picture)


On the background squares, using a mechanical pencil, mark either a diagonal line from corner to corner, or do the double line, like what is shown below.  If you make the single line, sew 1/4″ on both sides of the line.034

Place two of the background squares onto each of the large squares.
Sew just to the side of the marked line.
After sewing all 4 lines, cut apart between the sewn lines.

 Press away from the large triangle.
Take the remaining background squares and place on the large triangles.
Sew on the drawn lines, cut apart.
Press away from the large triangle.
You now have four FQ units of each color.
At this point, I like to trim off those little pieces sticking out.
You now have everything ready to sew your block together. Using a dark and a light goose, make 4 blocks with the dark goose on the bottom. Press toward the top goose.048
Sew 2 blocks together. Make 2 sets. Press toward the blue goose in the upper right hand square in the picture below.
Now sew the two sets together, and your block is done!
When pressing the final seam, make the little twist in the center, so that your seams will lay nice and flat.
Here’s the other colorway I chose.062
Don’t forget to leave a comment to get in on the drawing.
Have fun hopping!!!Next stop is Pat Speth!
—-Blog Hop schedule and blogs—-

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

And here’s the link to Inspired by Fabric, our blog host

Crown Royal quilt

I finished sewing the crown royal quilt top. Yea! The quilt top measures 110″x 110″. It outgrew my design wall so I had to wait for a good weather day and lay it outside to get a picture of the whole top.

My son wanted it to be a king size quilt so I needed a quick easy block. Making a simple 12″ 9 patch block with 4 patch blocks in the corners, then a 3.5″ sashing and cornerstones did the trick! Next step is to get it quilted and bound. 👍🏻

Have you made a crown royal quilt? Or collecting bags to make one?