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Ruby Short McKim 2016 Celebration

2016 Marks the 100th aniversary of Ruby Short McKim’s 1st published Quilt Pattern, Quaddy Quiltie, in 1916.

Many of you are familiar with Ruby Short McKim’s quilt and needlework designs. She is widely recognized for her body of work, as well as for her book One Hundred and One Patchwork Patterns published in 1931. Her quilt pattern series were syndicated in newspapers all over the country–weekly or monthly.

Quaddy Quiltie, also known as the “Bedtime Quilt”, was published in The Kansas City Star in 1916. This was her first, and probably most famous quilt series.

Henry Holt and Company, a New York publishing firm, was getting ready to launch a series of children’s stories about small woodland animals written by author Thornton Burgess. The Kansas City Star ran a contest to design a quilt pattern for children to be published in a promotion that was co-copyrighted with the author.

Ruby Short was chosen as the winner of the contest. She was only 25 years old, and not yet married to Arthur McKim. There is no doubt her “Quaddy Quiltie” quilt blocks were the beginning of her newfound career, with children’s themes at the heart of those first offerings.

Go!Read more about Ruby Short McKim

McKim Studios is organizing a National 2016 Celebration to honor Ruby Short McKim’s contribution to the quilt world both past and present.

We’re still working on A TON of new offerings and events for 2016 to light up Grammy throughout the entire year!

Ruby’s “Designs Worth Doing Club” will launch in the first quarter of 2016. We’ve wanted to get this going for a few years now, and FINALLY it will be part of the Grammy mix. The club will offer a variety of rare patterns for a variety of uses.

Go!Ruby’s Flower Basket BOM Program has launched, everyone loves it and can’t wait until the next mailing. Has your quilt shop signed up for it yet?

Go!The 2016 Celebration Calendar and Contest was a huge success and a wonderful experience for all involved. I think we may need to run a contest for 2017… Calendars are still available at the link above!

McKim Studios has set up a ‘2016 Celebration’ Group on Facebook for everyone to post their events/plans for the 2016 Celebration, share ideas, gather information, ask questions, make suggestions, etc.

Watch for special
exhibits for Ruby’s Flower Basket BOM Program and Designs Worth Doing Club!
SPONSORS:
The Quilters Hall of Fame
The Quilters Hall of Fame

Minnesota Quilters
Minnesota Quilters


Four Seasons Quilts


Morgan Ashley Yeats

How to Become a Sponsor…


Getting started for the 2016 Celebration

Announcements:
Ruby Short McKim • A Century of Designs Worth Doing 1916-2016

Ruby’s Flower Basket BOM Program debut

Ruby’s 2016 Celebration Calendar Contest begins

Also…just for fun
175th Royal Adelaide Show
Merrily was invited to be the judge in their “Farm Life Quilt” contest. There are A LOT of Ruby Short McKim fans down under. Trip of a lifetime!
Adelaide, Australia

Miscellaneous:
United Federation of Doll Clubs Convention
Kimport Dolls Exhibit & Luncheon
Kansas City, MO

Ruby’s 2016 Celebration Calendar Contest
The finalists were announced, and the Calendars turned out BEAUTIFULLY!
Kansas City, MO

Articles:
The Appliqué Society’s November/December issue kicks off the first of several articles and patterns to be featured throughout 2016.


In the works
Go!Check out our Calendar for details!
2016
Exhibits:

CALIFORNIA
The Folsom History Museum
Folsom, CA

INDIANA
The Quilters Hall of Fame
Marion, IN

KANSAS
Sunflower Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Lansing, KS

MINNESOTA
Minnesota Quilters Show
St. Cloud, MN

Four Seasons Quilts
Maple Grove, MN

MISSOURI
Grammy’s Hometown Celebration
Independence, MO

Northland Needlers Quilt Show
Kansas City, MO


Clubs:

MINNESOTA
Four Seasons Quilts
Ruby Short McKim • Then and Now Club
Maple Grove, MN
Articles & Patterns:

The Appliqué Society (bi-monthly all year)

Quilters Newsletter (February/March issue)

Primitive Quilts & Projects
(Fall issue)


Presentations:

MINNESOTA
Minnesota Quilters Show
Rose Marie Werner
St. Cloud, MN


Special Events:

UTAH
International Quilt Market (Spring 2016)
Big surprises…we'll keep you posted!
Salt Lake City, UT
Special Offerings:

“Quaddy Quiltie” Commemorative Edition

Ruby’s Designs Worth Doing Club

Children’s stories written by Ruby

Online Library for Research

And of course…NEW PATTERNS!


Everyone Can Be Part of Grammy’s 2016 Centennial Celebration

JOIN US IN THIS GRASS ROOTS EFFORT!
NO EFFORT IS TOO SMALL! (or too big :o)

QUILT SHOPS & CLUBS
Contest — Challenge — Fundraiser — Shop Hop

2016 Show Exhibit (local or state) — Shop Exhibit

Show & Tell — Presentations

RSM Club or Classes

Designs Worth Doing Club — Flower Basket BOM
QUILT GUILDS

Contest — Challenge — Fundraiser

2016 Show Exhibit

Show & Tell — Presentations

Talk with your nearest Quilt Study Group
INDIVIDUALS

Talk with your local Quilt Shop and Guild about what they could plan for 2016

Talk with your nearest Quilt Study Group

Submit articles for publication in
Newsletters, Newspapers, Magazines

Submit photos of your RSM Quilts
Spread the Word!
 Newsletter – Website – Blog – Facebook – Twitter –
Linked In
Press Release in local/state papers – Place Ads in your local paper for your RSM event

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Submit an Event OR Volunteer · · ·

· · · Download Marketing Materials · · ·

Start Gathering Photographs of your Ruby Short McKim Quilts for the Gallery!


Many Thanks to our Volunteers

Barbara Eikmeier
Lansing Kansas
• Author of RSM Articles to be published in 2015/2016
• Research & Development for Ruby’s DWD Club


Barbara Wells, Board Member

Reardan Washington
• Handing out 2016 Celebration Bookmarks to local shops and events

Christina Jones, Board Member
Independence Missouri
• Coordinator for Independence, MO events.
• Handing out 2016 Celebration Bookmarks to local shops and events

Donna Kooistra, Board Member
Shipshewana Indiana
• Handing out 2016 Celebration Bookmarks to local shops and events

Kim Conner
Maple Grove Minnesota

• Developing new RSM patterns for today’s quilter
kimdconner@comcast.net
LaNae Reyburn, Board Member
Geneseo Illinois
• Handing out 2016 Celebration Bookmarks to local shops and events

Morgan A. Yeats
Saint Paul Minnesota
• Co-Coordinator for RSM Exhibit in MN Quilters 2016 Show
• Making several McKim quilts for exhibit in 2016
• 2016 Celebration handouts at the 2014 MN Quilters Show
If anyone in Minnesota wants to host an event or help with an existing event Contact Me

Rose Marie Werner, Board Member
Dundas Minnesota
• Co-Coordinator for RSM Exhibit in MN Quilters 2016 Show
• MN Quilters 2016  Show – Lecture:
  Ruby Short McKim: 100 Years of Designs Worth Doing
• 2016 Celebration handouts at the 2014 MN Quilters Show

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