I love quilt designs by Ruby Short McKim. These patterns were published weekly in newspapers around the country. Cherry Basket block appear first on March 30, 1930 in the Kansas City Kansan. I went to EQ and was able to find all of the patterns. The EQ picture is how the original pattern was designed. It will be much easier to reproduce using updated methods of constructions. I need to do more research as to the colors. Each original patterns usually had color recommendations. I would love to make this quilt. I have a vintage top with all but one of the patterns.
25 Block names --
Cherry Basket, Bear’s Paw, Sunbeam, Double T, Noon Day Lily
Corn and Beans, Crazy Ann, Rising Sun, Grandmother’s Cross, Rambler
The Mill Wheel, Sky Rocket, Order No. 11, The Weathervane, Spools
Road to Oklahoma, Wild Goose Chase, The Strawberry, The V Block
Crosses and Losses, Grandmothers Fan, Road to California
Palm Leaf, Double Nine Patch, Little Beech Tree
Here is picture of my vintage Ruby McKim Sampler Quilt. It needs work. Would love to take it apart and set it like the original. Update--I have taken this apart. Found several of the blocks that need a
little lot of
help. Still working on this.
I have a few more examples of this pattern since I first wrote about Ruby McKim's Sampler Quilt.
Found this quilt in Oregon last summer. It is old blocks with a current setting. It is machine quilted beautifully. Wish I knew who did it, they did a beautiful job and used the original quilting pattern of Ruby McKim's. I had to have it.
Can you see the big hole in this one right in the middle. Also other problems, the tan (think it might have been green at some time) is shredding and some of the cones look like an animal might have enjoyed nibbling. The fabric looks like it could have been in the makers stash for a while, since this pattern did not appear until 1930. It is machine quilted. A pattern I have seen before in early quilts. I found this in Oregon last year also. Couldn't leave it there had to rescue it for $32.
You can see some of my other sampler quilts Here.