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NOTE: There are so many quilters in the world that admire and appreciate my grandmother's work, I am constantly amazed and inspired.

I have spent the last few years on this journey to reclaim my grandmother's work which is our family's legacy. My mission is to build a library, of sorts, honoring her life's work. My goal is not to make money on this journey as a business, but to make enough to support the effort.

I have had many requests for permission to publish Grammy's work in the past couple of years, and I find it more and more difficult to respond each time. Grammy had the foresight to copyright everything she has ever done dating way back to 1916. She protected her designs so others could not profit from her talent and hard work. I feel it is my obligation as her granddaughter to protect her work as she did to the best of my ability. Therefore, I'm sorry, but I cannot grant permission to publish Grammy's work.

Thank you,
Merrily McKim Tuohey


February 25, 2010
I am a member of the Bear Creek Quilt Guild in Keller, Texas. I believe a member of our quilt show committee, Janice I., contacted you a couple of months ago to invite you to our April 2010 show. She indicated that you would not be able to accept the invitation. We deeply regret this fact as we would have enjoyed meeting you and presenting our display of your grandmother's work.

Since you will not be able to attend our show and view the display, I'd like to describe this very special exhibit for you. 

Twenty-seven embroidered, antique quilt blocks made from your grandmother's original pattern series called Rhymeland Quilt will be framed and wonderfully displayed in a special area at our quilt show. Janice, the owner of these embroidered blocks who happens to be the granddaughter of the artist, also has the original newspaper patterns from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.  We plan to display some of these as well. I have attached two photographs of the items mentioned for you to see.

…I hope you are delighted with our plans to honor your grandmother's artistry…

Sincerely - Donna H.


February 3, 2010
I made the Ships of the World quilt for my son. I loved embroidering the ships! It is hand quilted. I added the border of Friendship Stars.

I have made the Flower Garden, Peter Pan quilt, Roly Poly Circus Quilt, and look forward to doing many more! I am SO glad you are republishing the patterns.

Sincerely - Nancy B. • Muskegon MI


January 19, 2010
My aunt Alice was embroidering the state bird series, about 24 finished when she passed away. In 2004 those blocks vanished from my mother's home. I have been looking since for those patterns, as I so much want to make that quilt. I am now 71 yrs., need to get started. Let me know as soon as they are available. A few years ago the Smithsonian featured a finished one, it has 48 blocks.

Thank you - Alice W. • Ionia, MI


January 19, 2010
Hi Merrily, (I do love your name!)
I am a quilter, quilt collector, quilt appraiser, and lecturer. I have discovered that I love Ruby's work. I am currently working on a quilt program and I am including Ruby as "One of the Grand Ladies of Quilting". If I don't have one of her quilts already in my collection, I am recreating it. Currently I am hand quilting Roly Poly Circus and hand embroidering Farm Life. I grew up on a farm and married my farmer 25 years ago. That is what I plan to do with these patterns. I am so glad that you have them available!

Janette D.


November 30, 2009
I wrote to you a couple years ago asking about the patterns for the Burgess characters and you pointed my way to your grandmother's "Quaddy Quiltie" pattern. I finally finished my version of it this past spring. I wanted a more involved setting and since Tennessee Waltz was on my 'someday' list, that is what I did with a wide selection of batiks in rich greens, golds, rusts, and browns. I have attached a couple pictures.

Thank you so much for preserving your grandmother's memory and quilts designs. I can tell from the letters included on the website that many people are very appreciative of your efforts.

Sarah S. • Sandwich, IL


October 12, 2009
What a wonderful tribute to your Grandmother and a wonderful way to share with those of us that love Ruby Short Mckims Handicraft Art.

My Grandmother had a few clippings and patterns tucked in book and It renewed my interest your Grandmothers work.

I was wondering do you have any plans of allowing the wonderful Apron collections to be sold on your site? The 'Little Sweetheart Apron' is adorable, all the Apron designs were so cute and functional. Love the applique and the embroidery designs. I do hope the patterns from the 1920's will be available. In fact am working on a napkin project, Designs from the Orient from 1920s. It was a newspaper clipping My Grandmother (Granny Pearl) had kept through the years. Granny Pearl taught us embroidery (back in 1974) with one of your Grandmothers designs pillowcases, with one of Ruby Mckims Butterfly patterns. I no longer have the pillowcases I made but I have the faded pattern.

Thank you so much and I look forward to ordering from you very soon.

Margaret M. •ForestHill, CA


August 21, 2009
I just found your web page and love the fact you are stiil putting your Grammys stuff out. I 'm so bored with the hurry put together quilts in all the magazines. I always wonder where are all the people like me who love to hand quilt and think that its the best part. You can take two colors make the quilt top and then quilt it to your hearts content. No one publishes quilting designs anymore. So I'm glad I found your site and thank you so much. I have your Grammys book 101 Patchwork Patterns I love the Pattern Dresden Flowers on page 96.

Thank you so much, I'm sure your grammy is looking down from Heaven and smiling at her loved ones who still miss her.

God Bless - Pandy G. • Lexington MO


June 17, 2009
Love your web site. Spent a long time reading and looking at patterns last night. I have been quilting only about 3 years but love it! And to think I grew up in Independence in her quilting heyday. Wish I had known her.

Thank you so much for sharing all her treasures with everyone. It is a wonderful thing you are doing.

Sincerely - Linda


May 23, 2009
Just to let you know I received the Flower Garden Quilt book in the mail yesterday. In your note, you said you hoped my wife would enjoy the patterns. There is more to the story I would like to tell you.

When my mother died over 5 years ago, my wife was going through her belongings and found several quilts, some of them quite old that belonged to my grandmother, my fathers mother. Also, she found a small box that contained 25 squares of hand embroideried flowers from a pattern from The Daily Oklahoman in 1930. In this box was also an article from April 27, 1930 that contained the instructions for the picket fence border block. This was the only article that was found.

A few years ago, my wife's sister asked her to make a quilt from some squares from her husband's grandmother that were also the same flowers for the flower garden quilt. These grandmothers did not know each other.

From the book you sent me, I plan on digitizing each pattern and embroider each pattern on an embroidery machine. From these my wife plans on making a quilt that contains the squares from my grandmother and along each square put the same pattern that I digitized and machine embroideried to make a "Generations" quilt.

Just thought I would give you the whole story. Again, thanks for the book.
Lee


March 18, 2009
Several years ago there was a article in a special addition of Better Homes and Garden "American Patchwork Quilts" magazine, that gave a history of quilting. There was an article about Ruby Short McKim. They had a picture of the Quaddy Quilt. I loved it, so I copied and enlarged the pattern and made the quilt. I even went on-line and purchased some of the books that this quilt was inspired by. (I plan on giving the quilt and the books to my grandson on his 4th birthday in June 09) I have just come across this web site and am thrilled you are offering other embroidery patterns. I love doing embroidery especially since I have 2 grandchildren and 2 more on the way. I just love the simplicity and sweetness of her patterns. Right now I am concentrating on children's quilts, but will probably want some of your other embroidery pattern books in the future.

I am thrilled you are sharing this patterns with all of us. Thanks! 
Sherry L. • Downers Grove, IL


May 5, 2009
I thought you'd like to see my quilt from Ruby McKim's Jacob's Ladder pattern.

I made this quilt in the 1970s and followed her instructions exactly, including color of fabric. This was the first quilt I made where I purchased all my fabric ahead of time. It was fortunate that I did so, for the store where I purchased the fabric burned shortly after and I would never have been able to finish the quilt if I had purchased only a short yardage. Such a simple quilt and yet it is one of my favorites of all the quilts I have made since.

If I remember correctly I used a piece of white flannel for the batting.

Bless you - Judy P.


March 6, 2009
I am interesting in purchasing the pattern book for the Three Little Pigs. I discovered that baby blanket made up with my father'n laws things. He is now 78 years old and says that was done for him as a baby. I am trying to document all of this for the family and would love to include the pattern, if this is for sale.

Thank you so much - Elisa H.


March 5, 2009
Good Mornig Ms, Merrily.
When I was net surfing, looking for redwork pattern and your grandmother's designs on another site. I am very interest in your grandmother's designs & name.

I feel a nostalgic so come back my childhood. Well, like The Six Sense! I was Your grandmother's name search "bingo". Your grandmother photo is very good looking lady.

I am looking forward to receiving soon.
Thank you very much.
Have a nice day.
Atsuko Suda • Japan


February 6, 2009
What a wonderful surprise to find your website! Years ago, I had checked out and fairly memorized 101 Patchwork Patterns from our local library - the patterns were all so beautiful, modern and classic at the same time. Mrs. McKim was indeed a gifted and talented artist.

Thanks again - Kyra R,


January 22, 2009
I was so thrilled to have found your site this morning. A part of my own grandmother's legacy will be returned to me once I order the Rhymeland Quilt Book.

I also just want to thank you for sharing your grandmother's work. When I was ten years old, my grandmother let me watch - but not touch - as she pulled out her childhood embroidery patterns. She had twelve of the Rhymeland patterns that she had carefully traced onto onionskin paper so as not to harm the originals. She'd received them as a young woman, and had carefully saved them over the years. I fell in love with those images, and ten years later, she and I very carefully traced them onto material so I could embroider a wall hanging for my as yet unborn daughter.

All of the blocks were finished, and we'd sewn them together to begin quilting when life intervened, and later, my grandmother began showing signs of Alzheimer's. Projects were set aside, and eventually forgotten. After she was placed in a home, I went to gather the half-finished project and the patterns she and I treasured, with my grandfather's permission, only to find that another family member had taken them, and would not return them.

While I hurt a bit for my lost project, I hurt more for the loss of the original patterns, the safety patterns, the nearly antique skeins of cotton, the ancient needles and hoop and my grandmother's fine needlework samplers.

Now I'll be able to share those patterns with my own daughters, and I can't even begin to tell you how that feels.
Thank you, so much

Jodi Lee W. • Manitoba, Canada


January 15, 2009
Just found your website and delighted to see Ruby McKim's patterns live on! About 1980 I inherited a box of fabric scraps from my ex-husband's grandmother. In it were cardboard templates, scraps, blocks and pieces of patchwork, but included was an original pattern leaflet of Ruby McKim's that I still have today. It's one of my cherished quilt antiques.

Grace T. • South Portland, Maine
Sanskrit for "war" means "desire more cows"


December 9, 2008
Hi, I am very excited to have found this website as I am looking for more information about the Colonial History quilt. My grandmother completed the 24 squares of redwork embroidery, sometime around 1927-1930. For all these years they have remained carefully packed away, until this year when my sister and I are attempting to complete the quilt as a Christmas present for our Mother (age 75). As far as we know the pattern was first published around 1927 in our local paper the Everett Herald (Everett, Wa) to celebrate the 150th anniversary of our country. And again in 1976 it was republished for the bicentennial. My mother cut out all the info and patterns from the 1976 publication. I have all the patterns except for the 22nd and 23rd squares. We are also wanting to put together a book with the patterns to give her along with the quilt. So am looking for a source for those squares that are missing. Is there a book available with the complete pattern for the quilt? We are using a beautiful red fabric to complete the top, we will have the top finished soon and will have it professionally quilted in the new year.

We feel like we have come across buried treasure and are thankful for our Grandmothers handwork since she died in the early 1960's, when I was a young girl and before my sister was born.

Thanks for your help,
Carol K.

MMT—We've sent out the missing patterns to complete your set. As of today, The Colonial History quilt series is not yet ready for publication, but is on our Special Request List. Thanks for adding your name to the list!


November 29, 2008
I was so excited to find your web site!! My boyfriends mother broke out a stack of these beautiful redwork pattern blocks that had been completed by her aunt, but never stitched together. She told me that the patterns had been in the Portland Orgonian Newspaper. We had no idea who the artist was. I did a search on the Internet…and voila!

I am very interested in getting more information on the Colonial History Quilt Blocks. Have you created a book for the colonial history quilt yet? Please let me know, as I am very much interested in purchasing the book!

Stacey P.

MMT—As of today, The Colonial History quilt series is not yet ready for publication, but is on our Special Request List. Thanks for adding your name to the list!


November 5, 2008
The museum has just uploaded an image of the [Ellen Webster] CD cover at their site. Unfortunately, it is not as sharp as it could be, or clear rather, and the description is scanty. However, it is there. The link to their overall store site is on the front page of my website, http://www.quiltersmuse.com

The direct link to their page is:
http://www.nhhistory.org/store/whatsnew.aspx

Stay well,
Pat Cummings

MMT—See CD description in Oct. 19 posting below...


November 3, 2008
Thanks you very much for the pattern [Farm Life]. It arrived today. I thought you might like to know that I am originally from a small town north of Calgary Alberta Canada and that is where I know the Farm Life quilt from. I remember carding the wool for it about 45 years ago but do not remember who did the embroidery or piecing. I also remember tying the quilt. I thought you might find it interesting to know that your grandmother's work made it up into Canada although I have no idea how.

My daughter has always been very taken with that quilt although it was not hers. She is now a mother and wants to make sure her son is familiar with his farm roots although they live in a large city. So that is why I ordered the pattern - I am making the quilt for my first grandchild. I could not believe it when I saw the pattern - I was just surfing for something to make. I suspect my daughter will cry when I give it to her at the end of the month. The back is already made and I will start embroidering tonight! Thank you very, very much.

Marjorie L. • Klamath Falls, OR


October 21, 2008
I'm very interested in the Bird Life Audubon quilt patterns. Love Ruby's quilts and quilt patterns. She was SO special and talented! I'm thrilled that you are continuing to honor her and share her patterns.

Thank you!
Cher C. • Anchorage, Alaska

MMT—As of today, The Audubon/Bird Life quilt series is not yet ready for publication, but is on our Special Request List. Thanks for adding your name to the list!


October 5, 2008
Just wanted to say I love your quilt site,and good on you for doing something this special for your grandmother. I have a copy of one of her books, 101 Patchwork Patterns dated 1931, which I bought a year ago. What I would like to ask is this - in 1980 I started my journey in quilting and I can say in all honesty it was your grandmothers patterns that inspired me. I found a pattern in Quilt World, which was in a coloum called Ruby's Quilting Party. I still have the pattern, though it falling apart. I can send a copy to you if you would like. My question is do you have these medallion patterns still? As far as I can tell from the magazines there may have been as many as 11 patterns maybe more. Some of the patterns were listed as Sunburst, Gorgeous Chrysanthemum, Russian Sunflower, Moorish Star, Sirus Star, Rising Sun, the Giant Dahlia, Giant Zinna, Golden Dahlia and the Giant Amethyst. They are listed in the magazine as being from the Home Art Studios. I have a couple of these patterns, which I would be willing to copy. If you do have these patterns I would love to get some copies, I will pay for them. I have been trying to get them for many years now. I am very glad your grandmothers patterns have not been forgottern, they are truly stunning.

I thank you for you time,
Katherine R.

MMT—These patterns seem to be from Ruby Duncan, not Ruby Short McKim. Other quilters have confused the two Rubys too! Your copies have helped me better define some of the patterns and where they originated from, there are others looking for the same patterns. Good Luck!


September 11, 2008
Some of your readers might be interested in a quilt I made in 1977 for a Flower Garden Quilt contest–based on Ruby McKim's patterns–sponsored by The Indianapolis Star. It was a juried show with three well-known and respected jurors of needlework. The aim of the contest was for quilters to produce a contemporary interpretation of McKim's designs. I was fortunate to win first place with my reverse applique stylized designs in bold colors. According to write-ups in the paper, the award decision was not well-received among many who saw the show. I did receive many compliments also. A picture of my quilt appears in my September posting at http://www.marthaopdahl.wordpress.com

I think this quilt would now be considered to belong in the "art quilt" or "studio quilt" category which was nascent in the '70s–quilts made for the wall–as opposed to being considered a "traditional quilt."

Martha O.

MMT—Scroll down Martha's page 1/2 way or so to see her contemporary interpretation of the Flower Garden Quilt.


September 3, 2008
I recently bought a quilt I found at an antique shop. I fell in love with all the blue work birds on the light blue and white quilt. Not knowing anything about the quilt, I did a search on the internet and found your web-site. I also found out that I had the book "One hundred and One Patchwork Patterns" by Ruby Short McKim (my first quilt book by the way, bought when I was a teenager in the late 60's). I found the quilt in that book on page 111, the Bird Life Quilt. I have attached pictures of the quilt. It's in almost perfect condition with only one very small cigarette burn on the back.

I went back to the antique store to ask where they got the quilt and they said they bought it from someone in Texas. Other than that I have no idea who made the quilt and when. It looks like it was made around the time the pattern was printed in the Kansas City Star, because the fabric looks like it is from that era. I might add that the blocks are in the same order shown in the book.
I am attaching pictures.

If you have any information about other completed Bird Life Quilts I would love to see them.
As far as I can tell I have one of the few complete quilts out there. I hope you are as excited as I am about this wonderful quilt.

Regards,
Robin


August 21, 2008
…Your Grandmother's patterns are so great. Rosie Werner had some quilts that had been done with Ruby's patterns at Celebration. All but one were in good shape. One had been cut in two. She found it at a flea market and bought it just to save it. She had a good lecture and everyone seemed very interested in your web site, etc. Hope they followed thru.

I am having so much fun with these patterns. So glad you have revived them.

Best wishes
Shelby


July 21, 2008
I have an interesting story to tell you about Ruby Short McKim's Mother Goose quilt that I made. 

A few years ago, I gave a presentation of the history of quilting to a local ladies church group, and in the talk I mentioned that quilt patterns used to be printed in newspapers. A lady by the name of Ida Clarke, born in 1918, said she had an original 1921 Mother Goose quilt pattern from the Portland Telegram newspaper dated 1921, and would I like it. Of course I said yes. I traced each of the twenty blocks onto muslin and stitched the pictures in blue embroidery thread. Lastly I framed the blocks in a blue fabric and hand quilted all in cross-hatch. Friends indicated that the quilt belonged in a museum, and when my sister-in-law, who lives in Nebraska, sent  me an article on the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, part of the University of Nebraska in Lincoln I contacted them about donating the quilt. They were delighted to receive the quilt, especially because of the documentation, which contains the original pattern, which I have put into a scrapbook including biographies on Ruby Short McKim. I note that the museum contains two quilts of your Grammy's.

Hope you have enjoyed this story…
Judy K. • Bend, OR


July 14, 2008
Just a little note to say "Thank You" for this wonderful web site and for caring enough to preserve Ruby Short McKim's work.

Kendra M.


July 12, 2008
Just a quick email to let you know that my order arrived safe and sound. I can't wait to stitch the zoo animals [Gay Zoo Animals], they are so cute. I just love the other patterns too, I am glad that I ordered the ships again from you, the ones that I already have from the seventies are great, but your remastered pattern is so much better.

Regards
Julie B. • Willaston, South Australia


June 25, 2008
Thank you so much for letting me know you received my order. I must tell you why I searched for these nursery rhyme blocks [Nursery Rhyme Quiltie] on the internet and found your site. I received several boxes of embroidery patterns from my husband's grandmother and among them were a few of the same style patterns that I found on your site. I was so impressed by the ones from Grandmother Shoffner and since I love to embroider, I traced them off and finished them into a quilt for my daughter's first baby. My daughter fell in love with them also. I am 61 years old and Grandmother Shoffner was 90 when she passed away several years ago so I knew they were older patterns. I was so excited to find more about who designed them and that there were more in the set. I am anxious to receive them and embroidery the whole set. It was really neat to read about Mrs. McKim - she was a very artistic lady.

Beverly S. • Abilene, KS


June 7, 2008
I really like your site. What you are doing to remember your Grammy and make her work available again is wonderful.

Monique R. • College Station, TX


May 31, 2008
The American Ships book arrived this morning and indeed, it will keep a body busy for a long while! Thanks so much for making it available for Ruby McKim fans and followers. I started quilting in the late '50's/early '60's (telling my age!) and her book, 101 Patchwork Patterns was the first book I bought. Of course, that was just about the ONLY book to purchase and I used several patterns from that book. Ruby would be totally amazed at what they are doing with three layers of 'fiber' today!

Again, much thanks,
Sandra D. • Waka, TX


April 15, 2008
As per our telephone conversation, please send me the Flower Garden Quilt Book #401 so I may finish the quilt my mother began almost 60 years ago. We are so thrilled to be able to find the pattern again since it was lost, although all 25 flower blocks are embroidered. Your grandmother sounds like an amazing woman, and I know she would be pleased that you are reviving her work.

Susan P. • Palmer Lake, CO


April 15, 2008
Thankyou, Thankyou, Thankyou! My beautiful book [Flower Garden] arrived safe & sound, sorry for the delay in thanking you but we were away down the coast for 10 day break which was over Easter. Waited till l was tucked up in bed to savour every page. What wonderful job you have done…

Now l have to decide on how to tackle  mine, thinking maybe embroidering, keeping it colourful like flowers are!!

My mission is to get the blocks ready for stitching early Sept as Phil & l have booked our trip to Canada, Alaska & Hawaii (our trip of a life time) &  thinking l may have time, on cruise, trains & planes to complete maybe a couple!!!! Not sure about the planes with all the security now, but will ask if l can carry a needle on board.

Thankyou again, l am so pleased that l followed up on something l saw on the TV & had such positive results.

Hope we can keep in touch

Best wishes,
Sharon A. • Sydney, Australia


April 15, 2008
I received my patterns today in the mail! I was thrilled-they are wonderful! Great designs and the presentation is wonderful-very well done! I have the first 4 of Farm Life traced off and started stitching on the farmhouse block. Every set is wonderful and I can't wait to do them all.

Again thank you so much-each is a wonderful treasure and I am sure I will be ordering again!

Barbara W. • Reardan, WA


April 14, 2008
In 1984, I fell in love with the little characters created by the genius of Thornton W. Burgess. My daughter and her second grade class read Old Mother West Wind and Old Mother West Wind's Children. The little animals stole my heart and I started collecting his books. About 18 months ago, while reading Better Homes and Gardens Century of Quilts, I saw a red work quilt from 1916 and immediately recognized the little animals of Burgess. It was love at first sight for the work of Ruby Short McKim. I felt Ruby was a woman ahead of her time. Her interpretation of the animals in the quilt square were equally as endearing as the illustrations in the books. I just had to recreate the quilt for myself. This is when I found your cousin on line and she told me where to order the originals from (yours were not available at the time). So I ordered the photocopies (in a spiral book) from a woman in WA or OR can't remember.

Last summer while back in the US my husband was in an antique shop in Florence, Colorado and he saw this old red work quilt. When he got back to Colorado Springs and told me about it, I could not believe it. So bright and early the next day we drove back to the shop and I bought it. It was started in 1916 by a 6 year old boy, Robert Knight, in Oklahoma. He was in first grade at the time. You can see that he added other red work to it and did multiples of some. The only one of the quaddies that is missing is Reddy Fox. I am assuming that his mother or grandmother did the piecing and quilting–it was all done by hand. They used what ever materials they had. Several of the animal blocks were stitched on flour/seed sacks and there is still a slight imprint of the words on them. Many different fabrics were used in its construction. It is faded in some places, but over all it is in very good condition. It covers the top of a queen size bed. Peter Rabbit in the bottom right corner was his first block. He really improved with each block.

Anne B. • New Zealand


April 2, 2008
I will be eager to get the patterns-already bought some backgrounds for the blocks. I am sure you will be receiving future orders from me as new patterns come out. I am looking at ordering some of the special order ones too. I want to do up some quilts for the great grandkids that will come eventually. My grandkids are only 13 and twins that are 11 but that will give me time to get them done for their kids. I can think of nothing better than being able to give them a quilt designed by Ruby Short McKim! Thanks again for making them available.

Barbara W. • Reardan, WA


April 2, 2008
I just wanted to write to say how great it is to see this company still up and running with their beautiful quilt patterns. I was just looking at a catalogue I have from 1931. This is just great!


March 27, 2008
Thank you for your welcome! I called and ordered patterns from you earlier today and I am anxious to see them. I am just sooo glad to have found your website and again thank you for making these patterns available to us again!

Barbara W. • Reardan, WA


March 14, 2008
I was pleased to find on your web site the source of the pattern for the quilt squares I have from my Mother-in-Law. Her Bible History story blocks were beautifully done. She also left 24 blank squares and I have wondered if she was a preparing to do a set of New Testament stories. Do you have any other Bible History patterns?

Marcia M.

MMT—My grandmother did not design any other Bible History patterns. In reading the Bible History text from Designs Worth Doing, Grammy says, "…if a double bed size quilt is to be made, the 24 embroidered blocks are alternated with 24 plain colored squares." So perhaps your grandmother wanted to make a double size instead of a twin. You may be able to find a quilting pattern locally that would compliment the Bible History series.


March 3, 2008
I have just stumbled onto your web-site and I love your grandmother's patterns. Being based in the UK I have no chance of obtaining any as redwork/embroidered quilts are not fashionable here. …you seem to quote only postage and packing for the US. What about the UK? Can you help?

I come over to the US twice a year, just love your country.

Sally • UK


February 27, 2008
One Hundred and One Patchwork Patterns - Page 55 - Wedding Ring

I can see how these pieces stitch together into multiple touching rings, with a curved sided 'square'  space in the centre of the four touching rings. Hope you find the description OK. Should there be a piece of material cut to fill that space or does the 'floppy' multiple rings get pinned to a plain sheet and then stitched on?

Maureen • Aberdeen Scotland

MMT—I'm not an expert, but the way the instructions read to me is that the rings themselves are not floppy, they are attached to the center piece which is the ellipse shown as 1 YELLOW. So the finished blocks are elliptical instead of square with a plain center. The larger background area referred to as the "pillow shape" can be seen and a pattern created for it once you line up your elliptical blocks, OR the elliptical blocks can be appliqued onto a plain sheet.


February 12, 2008
I have always wanted to do a redwork quilt of Alice in Wonderland and now that my granddaughter is born, I am eager to begin. How can I purchase the patterns from you? What is the cost and shipping charge?

Thank you for your help,
Anita C.

MMT—We have added this series to our Special Request List!


February 12, 2008
I am interested in the Alice in Wonderland quilt patterns and perhaps the Child's Life…is there a way to view these?

Thank you for your time, you have beautiful patterns.
A. Cheffer

MMT—Since these series have not been prepared for publication as of yet, we can send out 1 or 2 images to give you an idea of the pattern style, if you like!


February 6, 2008
I discovered in my grandmother's attic some State Flower quilt blocks along with the patterns for some of the states. However, we are missing West Virginia and Oklahoma. Would it be possible to purchase those two patterns?

Marilyn R.

MMT—We sent Marilyn her missing blocks.


February 8, 2008
Oh thank you so much! These blocks were apparently published every Sunday in the Daily Oklahoman back in the 1940's or maybe the 1930's and it's such fun to discover them all in her cedar chest. And then a bummer to find we were missing those two states. You are a lifesaver!!

Marilyn


February 4, 2008
I am re-working a Quaddy Quilt which my mother made for my daughter. I have most of the original patterns from The Milwaukee Journal, 1920. I seem to be missing installment 20 of 20 and was wondering if the character is available. I would enjoy having more information to give my daughter. She loved the quilt as a child and cherishes the memories of her grandma.

Thank you,
Carolyn D. • Fredericksburg, TX

MMT—We sent Carolyn her missing block, and she bought the book for background on this series.


February 12, 2008
Merrily,
I’m anxious to get the pattern book for background material. In repairing some of the blocks, I found that my Mother probably started the quilt at a much younger age since a few of the blocks had much larger stitches. After talking to my daughter, I am going to use just the blocks my mother made. She might do the 20th block as a pillow.

Thank you,
Carolyn


January 26, 2008
As an old lady of 77 I am hopeful that the pattern for the Three Little Pigs Quilt is still available. I had this quilt as a child and would love to make it for grandchildren and greats. Any information would be appreciated.

Sincerely,
Patricia G. • Lobelville, TN


January 18, 2008
Hello…quilter from Oregon. I have a quilt that was given to me from my grandmother and was never finished. I am working on it to complete it. I have asked many of my quilter friends to see if anyone can tell me when and where these patterns came from and the time date made. My grandmother has been gone for over 20 years and I have no way to date this…Was hoping you could help. I am attaching some photos of the flowers and hope you can tell me if this is one of Ruby McKim's. If so, can you tell me when the pattern was made?

Thank you so much
Colleen W.

MMT—Colleen's quilt is indeed a Ruby Short McKim pattern, The Flower Garden published in 1930.


January 9, 2008
Thanks for the order confirmation! I'm excited about getting the pattern book…[Quaddie Quiltie]

I just finished reading a Thornton Burgess story and was writing a review for my blog, Up the Hill Gang. I always do research about the author and somewhere in my search I read that a quilt with the characters from his stories was on display somewhere…maybe a museum? I googled several different things and eventually came across this site http://www.quiltersmuse.com/bluework_embroidery_history.htm where I discovered the designer, Ruby Short McKim! I believe I googled "Ruby Short McKim Bedtime Stories Quilt pattern" and voila!

I do a lot of book reviews and I certainly plan on sharing this find with my readers!

Take Care,
Jenny D. • Elizabethton, TN


December 2/3, 2007
I found my mother's quilts she started over 70 years ago and am going to try and finish them. I wonder if you know the name of this block.

Hoping to put my mother's 70 year old work to the quilt she intended. I found one that resembled it called a 4 Patch Daddy's Tie, the coloring was different but same shapes.

Thanks,
Shirley F. • Omaha, NE

MMT—We couldn't find this pattern in our archives. Please check the BULLETIN BOARD / TREASURE HUNT to see if you can help us identify Shirley's quilt!


December 11, 2007
Thanks for trying. I am working on another of mom's quilts too and since I did not really know what I was doing I was not thorough enough. I measured one of the Bird Life squares and it was 9 inches so I assumed all were that size-wrong. Mom never squared them. Well she was only 15. I finally have it together with the sashings-a little crooked but do-able. I notice all of the daddy's tie ones are not the same either so squaring them and putting them against each other will probably not work. That is why I was trying to find it so I could see if it had sashings. I will keep plowing through all my books. You see, once I get hooked on something all my kids think the old lady needs all these books and they keep buying them for me. Looks like I better live up to their expectations.

LOL, Shirley


November 27, 2007
I would like to order the pattern for the Farm Life Quilt. Can you please tell me what shipping would cost to Luxembourg? I will be happy to pay through Paypal if you send me an invoice.

Best wishes,
Margareta F. • Luxembourg


December 12, 2007
Hi Merrily,
Thank you for the pattern book, it arrived safely yesterday. I'm very much looking forward to stitching those cute squares!

Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Margareta F. • Luxembourg


November 18, 2007
…I was looking through the newest Quilter's Newsletter. There I saw a picture of Ruby Short McKim and the Crystal Star pattern, with an article about Kansas City Star patterns. The pattern caught my eye first, as that is the first block my daughter made. Her name is Crystal. She hasn't done a lot of quilting, but she does appreciate them. I'll have to see what happened to those Crystal Star blocks.

Do you ever speak to guilds about Ruby McKim? I'm a member of the Nitetime Needlers. I'm not in charge of programs, but I can always pass on interesting info to the program chair.

Take care,
Marci H. • Kansas City, MO

MMT—We aren't currently doing any presentations, but thanks for asking!


November 3, 2007
I am interested in the Flower Garden Quilt Book. Please let me know when it will be available and the price.

I have embroidered all of the Wildwood Flowers blocks and I am now working on some of the State Flowers blocks. I am planning on combining them into one quilt as I wanted to make a king size coverlet. It has been very enjoyable to see the progress and how pretty they look when I have laid them out on a background fabric. I plan to place 1-1/2" to 2" fabric strips between each block which seems to make them stand out from each other. I'm currently stitching block #41.

I enjoy receiving your emails informing me of the new items available.

Thanks, 
Cari K. • Rockaway Beach, OR


October 2, 2007
I rec'd all of my order, and…my granddaughter is already working on the Three Little Pigs. I am going to make the [Coal] Black Cat this week. Thank you so much. I will be at our quilt guild meeting next Tuesday and tell them about your studio. It was in our newsletter from Karen Alexander but I would like to make sure they remember. I will take some of my order with me to show them.

Shelby WG • Marion, IN


September 21, 2007
I would like to find out more about the appliquéd blocks that my great Great Aunt Stacy (Proskocil) Ripa finished. The pattern came from the Kansas City Star. I would love to find out what year they were published. The blocks consist of an Iris, Pansy, Tulip, Daffodil , Daisy, Rose, Marigold, Lilly of the Valley, Lily Pad - there are 24 blocks in all. They are all different flowers. I would love the name of the pattern, if possible. I finished the quilt blocks with a simple sashing. I would like to gather any information so that it can be written on the back of the quilt on muslin for future generations. The blocks are in excellent condition and are perfectly sewn. Her father, a tailor, came to this country from Austria and made all of the dress uniforms for the Austrian Army in the late 1800's and early 1900's. They arrived in the U.S. in about 1905.

Thank you,
Pat W.

MMT—Again, it's the Flower Garden Quilt!


September 18, 2007
I have an old quilt that is clearly a Ruby Short McKim design – picket fence with embroidered flowers. I’d love to know when this pattern was published (I think it was in the Kansan). I’ve attached two photos of the quilt – I had it framed. I think it was made by my great-grandmother who lived in Missouri. It is really a thing of beauty.

Thank you so much,
Mary M. • Santa Fe, NM

MMT—It is, of course, the Flower Garden Quilt!


August 31, 2007
I live in Marion, IN - the home of The Quilter's Hall of Fame. I am a supporter of the QHF and a member of the Marie Webster Quilt Guild.

I just wanted to tell you how pleased I was to hear from Karen Alexander that you were reviving your grandmother's patterns. (Especially the Three Little Pigs)

In 1947, when I was four years old, my wonderful Grandmother began my embroidery career with Ruby McKim's Three Little Pigs. I stitched them in blue as it is my favorite color. The stitches were what a four year old would do, but over the past 60 years I have improved a little.

Now I hope to be able to purchase the pattern for the Three Little Pigs sometime in the future as my granddaughter is now ready to learn to embroider.

Shelby WG • Marion, IN


August 28, 2007
Just wanted to respond and say the State Flower patterns arrived and I can't wait to do them. I'm working on the Flower Garden patterns at the moment so I must stay focused and finish them before I start another project or my UFO pile will get bigger! Many thanks.

Sally R. • Trappe, PA


August 21, 2007
I understand that Ruby McKim designed redwork patterns based on the Burgess Bedtime Stories. Are the patterns still available for purchase?

My grandfather read the stories to my father and his brothers when they were children, my father read them to his six children, and I read them to my two sons. Both of my grandmothers were quilters but I have found no such patterns among their quilting stashes.

I think this quilt would make wonderful gifts in my family and would appreciate any help you can give me to obtain patterns.

Sarah Stevens • Sandwich, IL


August 19, 2007
I am writing to share some information that I think you will be pleased to know. My baby quilt was made according to Ruby's 'Three Little Pigs' pattern–all colors and the scalloped edges just as she suggested. It was well loved but intact.

I now reside in Maryland, not to far from D.C. As I had no children to leave my quilt to, I got the idea in my head that I should see if the Smithsonian would be interested in having my little 'treasure' in their quilt collection. The quilting was very 'utility' but the applique and embroidery was 'wonderful'. Long story made short, they were delighted to have it! They do not have much 'space' to accept quilts any more, but with its history (long ago fairy tale) and Ruby being the designer, it had wonderful 'historical' interest and value.

I remember we had another quilt designed by Ruby–the Mother Goose pattern. It was a large bed-size with blue setting blocks. Sadly, I know it was 'used' and I have no idea of what happened to it. I had forgotten all about it until I was looking for a picture of me with the 'Three Little Pigs' quilt as a child. The museum asked if I had a picture and I was so surprised and happy when I found one, but stunned by seeing the other one of which I had completely forgotten about.

Hope this has made you happy to know that the 'Three Little Pigs' now reside in our nation's museum. If you have any questions, feel free to respond to this email.

Quiltingly,
Kathy Brown


July 27, 2007
I'm so glad I found your web site. I was at an estate sale when I thought I found a bag of brown j/p coats thread for a dollar. When I got home I found in the bag quilt blocks, some finished some not, with a pattern of several ships in it. The name of the quilt was American Ships Quilt by Ruby McKim. Dated on the paper was Feb-March1976, every month a ship pict. was sent. I have the first 10 blocks and that's all. I would like to get the rest of these ships to finish this quilt. On the botton of the pages it's printed in the corner of the page, the name of the magazine it came in, Olde Time Needlecraft. If you have any thing on this quilt please e-mail me back w/the price so I may order this info.

Thanks
Sharon P.


June 25, 2007
Hi! I wrote to you a few months back, asking for pictures of the McKim Wild Rose and Sunflower blocks which were mentioned in Designs Worth Doing, but not pictured. You said that you had no pictures of these blocks. Well, my good friend Victoria Miller from Northfield, MN has found a pattern she ordered from Quilters Newsletter Magazine (many years ago) of the Wild Rose block. Bless her heart - she made a block for me and made a copy of the directions…I see you are making cards with the pieced flowers. You might be able to add this to your line.

Sincerely,
Rose Marie Werner • Dundas, MN


June 16, 2007
I have a question about the "First Lady Quilt"…Is there a pattern that can be purchased for this quilt? Is there a website that has a picture of this quilt? I am an Eleanor R. fan as well as a Ruby fan. Thank you.

Sincerely,
Marti Phelps • Calvert Quilt Shop • Prince Frederick, Maryland

MMT—Does anyone know about this quilt? If so, e-Mail us at letters@mckimstudios.com


June 5, 2007
Merrily, I sent my order yesterday by mail for the Peter Pan Quilt book. I'm still elated to have this information & source for the pattern [ see Pat's email from June 3rd ]. It would be fine with me if you want to post the redwork quilt photos on the bulletin board. It would be wonderful to be able to identify that one too. It's a plus to have some history on a quilt. Thank you very much.

I think it is wonderful what you are doing with your grandmother's legacy. So many people will benefit from it & it's a wonderful tribute to your grandmother.

Best wishes,
Pat H. • Clinton, MO

MMT—Please check the BULLETIN BOARD / TREASURE HUNT to see if you can help us identify Pat's quilt!


June 4, 2007
Hello - I have an embroidery pattern called "Covered Wagon States" and I am wondering if this is one of Ruby McKim's patterns?

Thank you,
Brenda Y. • Lake Oswego, OR


MMT—There used to be a publishing company here in KC that sold a variety of my grandmother's patterns. Their order form listed the "Covered Wagon States" as one of my grandmother's quilt series, but I have no references on my end to verify that. Unfortunately, they're not in business anymore.

Does anyone know about this quilt? If so, e-Mail us at letters@mckimstudios.com


June 3, 2007
I was very happy to find the McKim Studio site & your email address. I have an embroidered baby quilt that I am trying to find out if the patterns are Ruby Short McKim patterns. Can you help me? I would be glad to send a picture, etc. to help identify the nursery rhyme patterns. I would be forever grateful!

Sincerely,
Pat H. • Clinton, MO

MMT—One of Pat's quilts is a Peter Pan Quilt, the other redwork quilt is not a RSM design.


May 23, 2007
I was introduced to the patterns of Ruby McKim in my redwork club. Since then I have collected both examples of her patterns and the patterns themselves.

I am thrilled to see that you are re-introducing the patterns. Have you ever considered sponsoring a Ruby McKim Redwork Club? ( If Ruby were alive today, I know she would be doing one. It so fits in with her entrepreneurial spirit.) Many of the redwork clubs are looking for fresh ideas, and I think a Ruby McKim Redwork Club would be great and would not involve too much additional work on your part…

Keep up the great work. If you are interested in the redwork club idea, I will be glad to share both my ideas and experiences with you.

Regards,
Kathe L.


May 21, 2007
...I was so inspired by Melinda's gift to some guild members, that I thought they [ Icebox Bags ] would make wonderful gifts for friends and family that have everything. They certainly won't have these darling bags. The design is wonderful and I am sooo in love with embroidery. I am a member of our Redwork Club, so I am always looking for more embroidery items. The design is wonderful and I am looking forward to getting started on these. Melinda shared her method of printing the pattern off on her printer, so I am looking forward to experimenting with her method, too. I will be checking my mailbox, awaiting their arrival.

Thank you so much for these patterns, I love them.

Connie N. • Ocean Park, WA


May 19, 2007
I finished the veggie [ Icebox ] bags and gave them to my guild board members and committee chairs Monday, 26 in all. They were so pleased. I used my surger to make them, how easy.

Thank you for such wonderful recognition and the pictures of our quilt show on your website. Your site is my favorite to visit. The pansy quilt will be my next large quilt, probably will start it this fall. There is still one question I have - The caption under Janet King's and Karen Snyder's Mother Goose Quiltie "aka Mother Goose Colonial Quilt" - should that be there? Was the Mother Goose Quiltie also know as Mother Goose Colonial Quilt? Anyway, by adding us to your website you've honored my guild and myself. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Have a great day,
Melinda C. • Long Beach, WA

MMT—I do have a set of original clippings that title this quilt as "Mother Goose Colonial Quilt." The patterns are identical to the "Mother Goose Quiltie."


May 7, 2007
I just discovered your web site and am absolutely thrilled!! I bought 101 Patchwork Patterns soon after it was published. Immediately, I fell in love with the Oriental Poppy pattern, but had no inkling that I would ever have a source for it. Now I learn it is available! How wonderful!! Please advise me of the price and shipping charges.

Thank you.

Virginia C. • Thibodaux, LA


April 23, 2007
I picked up a copy of 101 Patchwork Patterns at a library book sale on Saturday. I've fallen in love with the picture on page 82 of the Oriental Poppy quilt. Do you have a pattern available for this quilt?

What a wonderful way for your grandmother and her artistic vision to live on.

Again, thank you, and regards,
Gloria W. • Santa Rosa, CA

MMT—Thanks to this special request we found original illustrated instructions for the Oriental Poppy Quilt, as well as cut pieces for the quilt in a kit in our family archives. Many thanks for inquiring!


April 16, 2007
l live in Sydney Australia. l enjoy quilting very much, but like everyone there is not enough hours in the day what with work, family etc. Also resources over here are very limited - thank goodness for the Internet!

l happened to see episode 625 on Simply Quilts - Jane Przybsz! showing a reproduction quilt of your grandmother/greatgrandmother Ruby Mckim's quilt with flowers.

Reading through your website l see you have the patterns available for  "Flower Garden" & "Wildwood Flowers".
l am hoping that the Flower Garden quilt is the one l saw on the show & may be able to make may own appliqued flower quilt. l managed to purchase the 101 Quilt Pattern book but this only shows a small picture of the embroidered patterns.

l hope this all makes a little sense? From memory l think it had a lilly of the valley, tulip, rose etc. Hoping to hear from you very soon, letting me know what is available,  price, payment & posting details.

Kind Regards
Sharon


April 6, 2007
Hello! I am a quilt shop owner in Cynthiana KY. I just stumbled upon your site and am amazed at the designs. This is my first experience with Ruby's work. I would like to make several of the books available in my shop, if possible. Would you offer a discount if I ordered several at one time?

Thanks dearly,
Heather • Cynthiana, KY

MMT—The answer is of course, YES, YES, YES!


March 26, 2007
Merrily: I have a LOT of McKim stuff; some original clippings/patterns and lots of pc's. Now. Do You have all of her booklets "Designs Worth Doing" etc.? I'm in the process of downsizing my extensive quilt ephemera collection, and will be glad to send all of the McKim things, if you would pay postage. (At least a large boot box full.) I can't think of a better place to send these things to!!

I will also send pictures of the quilts in my collection that are made from her "series" patterns, if you like.

Shirley McElderry

March 26, 2007
Original Message-----From: Merrily Tuohey
Hi Shirley,
Debby Kratovil gave me your name and email address and asked me to contact you regarding donations for the Historical Society's "Ruby Short McKim Collection". I don't expect anyone to donate their original clippings unless they wish to, they do have a dollar value. We would be happy to receive originals or copies of originals, whichever works best for you.

Thank you for your offer, I look forward to hearing from you!

Merrily McKim Tuohey


March 25, 2007
As a quilt historian, I'm delighted that you are reprinting Ruby's work. My very first quilt book -- back in about 1970, was her 101 Patterns book -- I couldn't believe there were that many patterns. Little did I know that was but a drop in the bucket <grin>.

I hope you have a good day, and continued success as you revive her work. Through your website I'm learning more about the breadth of her work. Thank you.

Sincerely,
Barb G. in PA


March 25, 2007
What a wonderful legacy for your family. Thanks for being willing to share them.

Cari K. • Rockaway Beach, OR


March 25, 2007
A friend sent me the address to both your Ruby McKim websites today. I am so pleased to see what you are doing to keep your grandmother's legacy alive in the hearts of American needlewomen! I have tried to keep my eye out for Ruby McKim quilts on eBay. I lucked out and found a crib quilt dated 1918 made from a selection of Ruby's Bedtime Quilt series. It is a well-loved, well-worn little quilt, but I even have the name of the child it was made for. That is a real thrill as a quilt historian!

I wish you all the best in your on-going efforts to recover all of Ruby's patterns and other paper ephemera concerning her work. We can never have too much history about our honorees and their contributions the legacy of the quilting world!

Sincerely,
Karen A. • Lopez Island, WA • President, The Quilters Hall of Fame


March 24, 2007
I saw Debby Kratovil's posting on the Quilt History List asking for original or copies of newspaper clippings for the historical society. I have several original newspaper clippings but they may be in the same shape as what you already have. Since they are clippings, I sometimes can't determine where they were originally published or the date.

Personally I have made the Toy Shop Window quilt and use it on our guest bed for the grandchildren at Christmastime. I love doing embroidery.

Audrey W., Co-Director • Quilt Camp in the Pines • Quilting in the Desert


March 24, 2007
What a wonderful website! Ruby McKim is one of my heroes.

I have a question for you about one of Ruby's patterns/kits. I have been documenting the quilt kits from the 1920s through the 70s and am working on a book about the kits. I have Designs Worth Doing catalogs from 1931, 31-32, and 1932. In them I found the pieced floral kits, including wild rose and sunflower - which are not pictured in the catalogs. Do you have any pictures of these two designs? I've looked through her columns in Better Homes and Gardens with hopes that I'd find them there, but no luck so far.

Sometime I'd like to send you a list of the McKim kits I have documented, to see if I've missed anything. My quilt collection includes several of her designs: Peter Pan, American History, Bird Life, State Flowers, the Flower Garden series, and a combination of Quaddy Quiltie, and one of the Nursery Rhyme Quilties. If you would like photos, I'd be happy to oblige.

Rose Marie W. • Dundas, MN


March 24, 2007
Your grandmother was a PROLIFIC designer. She gave us such a rich history of design. We are indebted to her. There is an online group called The Quilt History List. I am a member. They talk about all sorts of historical things related to quilts. I suggest you sign up and tell that what you're about. You can join here: www.quilthistory.com/

Debby Kratovil • Projects Editor, Quilt Magazine


March 17, 2007
Thanks for the great website, and for taking Paypal! I'll be ordering soon! I've gotten into collecting Ruby McKim patterns. 2 weeks ago, I was at a flea market, and found a Designs Worth Doing catalogue, together with several newspaper patterns from the Portland Oregonian. What a treasure! Today, at the used book store, I found 101 Patchwork Patterns. Another treasure.

BTW--we also call my mother "Grammy"!
Susan in Oregon



February 12, 2007
I have been going through some of Mom's papers, she passed away at age 98 and so I have almost 100 years of stuff. And, I found a set of quilt block patterns called the Bible History Quilt. All 24 block are here. Mom pasted them into an old John Deere implement book and cut out of wallpaper scraps a book cover for it. I saw the name Ruby Short McKim and there she is on a website. Isn't life wonderful! Congratulations on reconstructing her life. I want to do that with Mom's papers…and don’t know how to begin. I have over 12 boxes (LARGE)  of recipes, patterns, poems, pictures she cut out of magazines and letters, postcards and I’m not sure what else. It is a journey. I am not a quilter but I treasure her book and I wanted you to know that ruby lives on.

Thank you,
Darlene L.


January 29, 2007
Hi there-
My name is Melissa & I have just discovered that some of the vintage redwork I love is by Ruby Short McKim. I have really enjoyed looking at your website. I am also a huge Thornton Burgess fan and it looks as though Ruby Short McKim designed the Quaddie Quiltie patterns based on his stories. Is this correct?

Thanks again and how wonderful of you to keep the work of Ruby Short McKim available!!

Sincerely,
Melissa S.


January 26, 2007
Hello! I am so thrilled to have found your website. I am very interested in obtaining the pattern for the 'Three Pigs Quilt.' I understand this pattern is special order only, so I will wait to hear from you with the details for ordering.

Thank you.
Dale FC.


January 15, 2007
I too have found the patterns for the 'Rhyme Land' Quilt in my grandmother's belongings. I have 28 blocks. Is that the complete set?

Your grandmother is truly an inspiration!
Thank-you for sharing her work.

Leah

NOTE: There are 31 blocks for the 'Rhyme Land' Quilt. #29 and #30 are for the alternate blocks (Girl Goose and Boy Goose), #31 is for the border (Baby Goose). We also have a miniature profile and 2 pages of Grammy's original instructions available.


January 10, 2007
I just had to write and say a big THANK YOU for the work you are doing. I love the patterns by Ruby Short McKim. I am an embroiderer (a teacher in fact). My particular favorites are the vintage patterns such as Ms. McKim's. Please keep up the good work.

Many many thanks,
Brenda Y. • Lake Oswego, OR


January 9, 2007
I am so excited to see your website. I just think it is wonderful that the family is so interested in not only keeping their talented grandmothers memory alive but to keep the art she so loved alive. I give you thanks.

Lauri M.


January 6, 2007
Thank you SO much for reviving her designs. I can't wait to see what you offer next!

avid stitcher & stitching teacher,
LouAnne in CA


November 30, 2006
Hello I've been trying to find some information on Kimcraft and Kimport dolls. Would you know of any sites that have any information on these dolls? I had no idea that she was also a famous quilter. I find that very interesting and would like to know more about her so I will put your site in my favorites and visit it from time to time. Thank you!

Theresa M.


October 14, 2006
I am so pleased to find your website. I was lucky enough to find the complete set of 'Rhyme Land' quilt patterns in the attic of my husband's grandmother's home which had been unoccupied for about 40 years. They must have been printed in the Birmingham Post.  I've had them for almost 15 years. Last week I had some surgery, so I planned ahead and traced some of the blocks and purchased some floss. This week I have finished 5 blocks. I knew nothing of Mrs. Ruby until tonight when I decided to try and find out something about her. You have a wonderful heritage. Thanks for sharing it with all of us.

Shirley H. • Aliceville, AL


October 8, 2006
I received your package [Quaddy Quiltie, Alice In Wonderland, The Three Pigs]. I love them! I'm looking forward to seeing 'Peter Pan'. I can see opportunities to use appliqué with some of the patterns as well as embroidery.

Jeanne B. • Hudson WI


September 22, 2006
Thank you again for your help with the [Rhyme Land] quilt pieces. Please do let us know when the web page is up. My mum very much wants to see more of your grandmothers work.

Daphne C. • Abbotsford, BC, Canada


August 15, 2006
I’m so happy to hear from you. I’m part of a small work craft group and we loved the [Quaddy Quiltie] design. I also love the Alice in Wonderland patterns and the Three Pigs…they are wonderful!

Jeanne B. • Hudson WI


August 3, 2006
That was fast. Thank you so much for your time and effort in locating it [Flower Garden Quilt].

I'm looking forward to being able to show these to my mother. I still have some of the sugar sack material that she did the original squares on, that I may use to do some of the new ones.

Lorraine M. • Prince George, BC, Canada


July 21, 2006
Just came across this website today and have tears in my eyes while writing to you. What a wonderful way to preserve her memory. She would be so proud of you and so would your Dad.

Love Ron and Wink


July 14, 2006
I think what you're doing is great, and wish you success. I've always thought Grammy's designs could be used in many ways.

Love to all,
Chris Jones


July 1, 2006
I want to buy McKim quilt patterns. Could you send me prices and a list of all quilt patterns you have. Brochures and catalogs too. She is mentioned in my quilt books and I am delighted to know I have found a trace of her patterns. She had some of the most beautiful patterns I have ever seen but I can't find her books and patterns now and I certainly want her patterns. I've tried to find an address but no luck until now.

Kay D. • El Dorado, AR


June 20, 2006
I got your mailing yesterday and I'm very excited about making the [Rhyme Land] quilt. It will probably take me a good year to complete all the embroidery but when I saw how it was pieced together I wished I had it before my girls were born. That not being the case, I will make it and put it in a cedar chest to give to my first grandchild! Or a good friends child. Someone whom I know would appreciate all the work that went into it. Thank you so much for doing the trade, it now has an even more special meaning and I feel I have a new friend.

Thanks again Merrily and keep in touch.

Cheryl D. • Block Island, RI

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