Monday, January 4, 2010

Ruby McKim 1930 Patchwork Sampler Quilt

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.

I purchased this quilt in Pennsylvania two years ago. I knew right away when I saw it hanging on the wall it had to come home with me. I was so excited to find this.

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.


  1. Hi Lynn,
    Have you ID'd the pattern of the block that is on the far left hand side Block #5? I've been trying to find that pattern name for a while, Deb

    1. Not sure which one you are talking about for sure. If you are talking about the one pictured in my top it is called Noon Day Lily and was published in the Kansas City Kansan Sunday May 4, 1930. I have copies of all 25 Ruby McKim blocks in the Patchwork Sampler Quilt. Hope this helps.

  2. Hi Lynn,
    Just ran across your website as I am doing some research on Ruby Short McKim's Patchwork Sampler Quilt. Did you know that Ruby's youngest granddaughter, Merrily McKim Tuohey is reissuing and reproducing her grandmother's patterns? They are wonderful! Check her out at

    Janette Dwyer

  3. In my January 2011 Ruby McKim Quilts post ( give links to that and a lots of other info I have found on Ruby McKim.

  4. Wow,these samplers are just awesome.I love all them.Thanks for sharing!!