|McKim Studios, in
collaboration with Barbara J. Eikmeier and Paintbrush Studio, presents
the new “Designs Worth Doing Club”. The debut of this quilt shop
exclusive club coincides with the 100th anniversary of the publication
of Ruby Short McKim’s first quilt pattern.
Club projects were designed by Ruby Short McKim in the 1920s and 30s.
They've been updated and rewritten especially for members of the Designs Worth Doing Club.
The Designs Worth Doing Club
Will run two sessions per year at participating quilt shops.
Each session includes 6 patterns from Ruby’s archives.
Participating shops will receive a shop promotional packet.
Kit cutting guides using "Vintage 30s · Ruby’s Treasures" by Barbara J. Eikmeier for Paintbrush Studio.
A newsletter per project that you are free to copy and share with your club members. The newsletter
will include history, old advertisements and more unexpected treasures from Ruby’s archives.
Minimum Order: 10 Members
Ruby Short McKim, a 20th Century American quilt designer, wanted to inspire creativity in all. She was a champion of Frank Alvah Parsons’ philosophy that art should not just be on canvases, but should be part of every day life including fashion, architecture, interior design and advertising. Ruby’s needlework and quilt pattern designs were published in syndicated newspapers in the US and abroad and offered through her Designs Worth Doing Catalogs.
Designs Worth Doing Catalogs were an integral part of the success of the original McKim Studios’ mail-order business in the 1920s and 30s. In addition to quilt patterns the Studio offered hundreds of patterns and designs for the home – household items, toys, fashion, odds and ends, and more.
Ruby’s original patterns have been remastered by Merrily McKim Tuohey. Barbara J. Eikmeier has updated and written new instructions for each pattern, and created samples for each project with her new fabric line "Vintage 30s · Ruby’s Treasures" for Paintbrush Studio.
Club Members are encouraged to join the "Designs Worth Doing" Group on Facebook. McKim Studios will host an online exhibit for the Designs Worth Doing Club at the end of each session, so be sure to send or post photos of your finished treasures!