Day 4 of Ruby’s Block Hop

It’s Day 4 and we welcome Pat Speth to the blog hop fun! Pat is a newcomer to our blog hop group and I think you will enjoy her tutorial. Pat and I became friends at a quilt retreat and I’m here to say, she has a lot of really cool tricks and I bet she has something clever to share with you on her blog. So hop on over to visit Pat. Find the link at the bottom of this post.

And here’s more about the creation of Vintage 30s Ruby’s Treasures. During the course of designing a fabric collection there are some prints that you can’t help but love the minute you see them. Others need a bit of tweaking before they get the stamp of approval or in some cases, the ax. Yes, it happens. Some prints don’t make the cut.

Leftovers from Ruby’s business, currently in the care of her granddaughter Merrily, are much the way she left them in 1935 when she switched from quilting to doll making. Most of the fabric swatches I saw were solids but three prints were reproduced from samples found in Ruby’s archives. This gorgeous yellow and blue tulip print was originally much larger. Working from a scrap of the original fabric, we scaled it down a bit and brightened it up. The favorite of the group for many, it’s also available pre-quilted with a yellow print on the other side.4-color1One of the little kits Merrily showed me was for an apron made with red, cream and blue stripes. The new version of the fabric has pink in place of the red, since we weren’t including red in the color palette. At one point we also had this same stripe in violet, green and yellow. But after a few iterations it just didn’t sing so it was eliminated. You’ll have to take my word for it, it sounds prettier than it looked!5-color1The last print that came from Ruby’s treasures is this diagonal plaid. The original was pink and we added a second color way in green. 6-color1

6-color2This block hop is a fun way to collect 6 different block tutorials all made with the Vintage 30s Ruby’s Treasures fabric collection. Make each block in both colorways and you’ll have enough for a 12 block quilt! If you are joining in late, don’t worry, the drawings won’t take place until later in Nov. If it’s much later you can still collect the tutorials and sign up to follow Inspired by Fabric so you don’t miss their next great blog hop!

Here is the list of participants.

Friday 11/4: Barb Eikmeier @Barb’s Favorites

Monday 11/7: Donna Lynn Thomas @DonnaLynnThomasQuilter

Tuesday 11/8:Theresa Ward @AlwaysQuilts

Wednesday 11/9: Pat Speth @NickelQuilts

Thursday 11/10: Reeze Hanson @MorningGloryDesigns

Friday 11/11: Kelly Ashton @KellyQuilter

And here’s the link to Inspired by Fabric, our blog host