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Ruby’s Flower Basket Quilt
A Block-of-the-Month Program
Brought to you by McKim Studios
Ruby's Flower Basket Quilt


McKim Studios has teamed up with Kansas City Star Quilts to bring you this very special Block-of-the-Month-Program. Donna di Natale, quilt book author and editor at Kansas City Star Quilts, is working directly on the project. This program is the first of many new offerings and events in the works to celebrate Ruby Short McKim’s “A Century of Designs Worth Doing” in 2016. Her first pattern, Quaddy Quiltie, was published in 1916 by The Kansas City Star.

The Original Flower Basket Quilt was designed and published by Ruby Short McKim beginning in October of 1934. Carried in newspapers across the country, the series included 32 floral designs plus templates for the pieced basket and quilting suggestions. Each week’s flower pattern included suggested colors for appliqué with embroidered edges and details. The blocks were 12" square, the finished quilt was 80" x 97" including two 3" borders. Now, 80 years later, this pattern is offered again as a block-of-the month program exclusive to independent quilt shops. So if you're an individual who wants to participate…tell your local quilt shop to sign up!

Ruby’s Flower Basket Quilt patterns have been remastered by Merrily McKim Tuohey, youngest granddaughter of Ruby Short McKim and owner of McKim Studios. Kim Conner of Maple Grove, Minn. has updated the instructions for today’s quilters, offering instructions for embroidered flowers with a pieced basket base in addition to Ruby’s original instructions for appliqué. The use of crayons to color the embroidered blocks offers an additional option.

The Flower Basket BOM Program contains the entire set of patterns, detailed instructions, a brief history of Ruby Short McKim and the original McKim Studios written by Ruby’s eldest granddaughter, Christina Fullerton Jones (the McKim Family Historian ;o) and much much more…
Sponsored By:

Kansas City Star Quilts

Reproduction Fabrics

Prairie Point Quilt & Fabric Shop
Flower Basket Quilt Profile
Get Out Your Needle For A Flower Basket Quilt

There may be more handsome quilts to come, but really, so far as we have seen here is quite the loveliest one that has yet been designed!

Flowers beautifully planned to appliqué in all their natural colors, quaint patchwork baskets, bits of embroidery for stems, stamens, leaf veins, etc., all combine in achieving the charm of our new Flower Basket Quilt.

It’s 32 blocks set together as shown, will have the stronger colored flowers to the outer edges, circling in those of daintier hue to the center. The four corner blocks are in red, while those adjacent shade into henna, orange, apricot and tea rose tones, with blue, pink, orchid and yellow flowers balanced through the center.

Each of the flower designs here shown in miniature will be published in this series exact size to copy onto your materials. Definite instructions as to tracing and applying the patterns, cutting patterns for the strips and triangles and quilting designs for the whole will all be included.

Save this diagram, and each pattern as published, for they are a free gift then, but we will later have to charge 10 cents each for back numbers.

Next week the cutting charts and one quilting pattern will be here so you can go ahead with the foundation work, filling in the flowers as they “bloom.”

Note: If you have any special inquires regarding this quilt or quilt-making in general, just write Ruby Short McKim, Quilt Editor, in charge of this paper, enclosing a self-addressed and stamped envelope, and she will answer you personally without charge.

Omaha World Herald 1934


The Blocks by Row:
Geranium, Hollyhock, Tea Rose, Honeysuckle
Columbine, Lilac, Tulip
Delphinium, Petunia, Cosmos, Virginia Blue Bell
Carnation, Trillium, Bleeding Heart
Clematis, Marigold, Daffodil, Iris
Morning Glory, Peony, Sweet Pea
Pansy, Pyrethrum, Phlox, Crocus
Nasturtium, Canterbury Bell, Zinnia
Salvia, Tiger Lily, Caliopsis and Oriental Poppy

Flower Basket Vintage Block









Sample of
Original Block Pattern
Sample Applique Block
Appliqué Sample Block

by Sue Nelson
Sample Embroidery Block
Embroidery Sample Block

by Morgan Ashley Yeats
Sample Embroidery with Crayon Block
Embroidery Sample Block with Crayon

by Morgan Ashley Yeats

If you’re an individual that wants to participate,
please contact your local quilt shop or one of the participating shops listed below.
ONCE you’ve found a quilt shop to work with, we have a very special offer for you…Customized BOM Notebooks for you to keep track of and organize your Flower Basket patterns, instructions and ‘chapterettes’ of Ruby Short McKim's life story.

THIS sturdy black leather notebook includes a lovely cover insert, as shown below, with fabric pockets inside the front and back for tucking in incidental information. The Title Page features a special story written by Christina Fullerton Jones, eldest granddaughter of Ruby, not published anywhere else. This page is customized just for you with your name, address, sign up date, and the quilt shop you’re working with.

Flower Basket BOM Notebook Cover Flower Basket BOM Title Page $25.00


McKim Studios is hosting a Facebook Group “Ruby's Flower Basket” for ALL Flower Basket BOM customers to post photos, ask questions of each other, share ideas, etc.

Watch for our Flower Basket BOM Gallery Opening! Everyone will be able to send in photos of their finished Flower Basket projects for us all to admire...we’re very excited about this one ;o)

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The Quilt Shops Listed Below are Offering the Flower Basket BOM Program
ALASKA
Quilt Creative
7130 Scalero
Anchorage, AK 99507
(907) 349-9301

e-Mail

ARKANSAS
The Rabbit's Lair
116 South First Street
Rogers, AR 72756
(479) 636-3385

e-Mail Website

CALIFORNIA
Cozy Creative Center
756 Jamacha Road
El Cajon, CA 92019
(619) 670-0652

e-Mail Website

*CANADA
My Sewing Room
148 - 8228 Macleod TR SE
Calgary, AB T2H2B8
(403) 252-3711

e-Mail Website

COLORADO
The Creative Needle
6905 So Broadway #113
Littleton, CO 80122
(303) 794-7312
e-Mail Website

ILLINOIS
A Touch of Amish
130 Applebee Street
Barrington, IL 60010
(847) 381-0900
e-Mail Website

Village Stitchery
108 East Main Street
Oblong
, IL 62449
(847) 381-0900
e-Mail Website

INDIANA
The Quilters Hall of Fame
926 S. Washington Street
Marion, IN 46952-0681
(765) 664-9333
e-Mail Website

KANSAS
Prairie Point Quilt  Shop
11950 Shawnee Mission Pkwy.
Shawnee, KS 66216
(913) 268-3333

e-Mail Website

Stitch and Chatter
513 Main
Stockton, KS 67669
(785) 415-2015
e-Mail Website


ALABAMA

ARIZONA

CONNECTICUT

DELAWARE

FLORIDA

GEORGIA

HAWAII

IDAHO

IOWA
MASSACHUSETTS
Cobblestone Quilts
10 Elm Street
Townsend, MA 01469
(978) 597-0091

e-Mail Website

MICHIGAN
Attic Window Quilt Shop
5307 Alpine Avenue NW
Comstock Park, MI 49321
(616) 785-3357

e-Mail

Quilted Memories
9919 Business US 31
Montague, MI 49437
(231)
893-0096
e-Mail Website

MINNESOTA
Four Seasons Quilts
9708 63rd Avenue North
Maple Grove, MN 55369
(763) 557-5899

e-Mail Website

Reproduction Fabrics
105 E Fourth Street 205
Northfield, MN 55057
(507) 664-1447

e-Mail Website

MISSOURI
Around the Frame Quilting
2301 Frederick Ave., #1
St. Joseph, MO 64506
(816) 273-5535
e-Mail Website

Homestead Hearth
105 North Coal
Mexico, MO 65265
(573) 581-1966
e-Mail Website

NEW JERSEY
Quilting Possibilities
918 Lacey Road
Forked River, NJ 08731
(609) 242-0033

e-Mail Website


KENTUCKY

LOUISIANA

MAINE


MARYLAND

MISSISSIPPI

MONTANA

NEBRASKA

NEVADA

NEW HAMPSHIRE

NEW MEXICO

NORTH CAROLINA

NORTH DAKOTA

OHIO
NEW YORK
Calico Gals
3906 New Court Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13206
(978) 597-0091
e-Mail Website

OREGON
Grandma’s Attic
167 SW Court Street
Dallas, OR 97338
(503) 623-0451

e-Mail Website

Marilynn’s Picket & Patchwork
Nyssa, OR 97913

Tater Patch Quilts
109 East Front Street
Merrill, OR 97633
(541) 798-5955

e-Mail Website

TENNESSEE
Stitcher’s Garden
209 S. Royal Oaks Blvd. #223
Franklin, TN 37064
(615) 790-0603

e-Mail Website

TEXAS
Blue Ribbon Quilt Shoppe
Wylie, TX 75098

It’s A Stitch
9574 FM 1960 Bypass
Humble, TX  77338
(281) 446-4999

e-Mail Website

The Old Craft Store
1110 W Main
Carrollton, TX 75006
(972) 242-9111

e-Mail Website

WASHINGTON
Quilted Strait
32280 Puget Way NE
Port Gamble, WA 98364
Toll free: 1-855-GOQUILT

e-Mail Website


OKLAHOMA

PENNSYLVANIA

RHODE ISLAND

SOUTH CAROLINA

SOUTH DAKOTA

UTAH

VERMONT

VIRGINIA

WASHINGTON DC

WEST VIRGINIA

WISCONSIN

WYOMING
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