Ruby’s Treasures Blog Hop Starts Here!

Let the Blog Hop Begin! 14958545_10157615643450527_1228008125_nThe Ruby’s Treasures fabric collection was created to celebrate 100 years of Ruby Short McKim. In 1916 Ruby’s first quilt pattern was published by the Kansas City Star newspaper launching her career as a quilt designer. Throughout the 20s and early 30s she published numerous patterns but only one book: One Hundred and One Patchwork Patterns.

For this blog hop I’ve joined together with a five of my quilting friends to bring you blocks from Ruby’s book. You can access the original patterns for free online at www.101patchworkpatterns.com

I’ve asked each participant to choose one of Ruby’s blocks and make it as a 12” block then share a tutorial making the block in two different color ways, using, of course, the Vintage 30s Ruby’s Treasures fabric collection.

Hop around and collect all 6 tutorials to make a 12 block quilt. Leave a comment at each stop to be entered to win great prizes!

I’m kicking things off with Eight Pointed Star. Often called LeMoyne Star, in her book Ruby refers to the pattern simply as Eight Pointed Star. She wrote, “There are ever so many star quilt blocks … the diamond pattern here fits together eight times into a perfect eight pointed one, which is perhaps favorite in the galaxy.” Click here to see Ruby’s pattern.

Here are my two color waystut-14


In my first example I’ve paired the violet floral print with a pink solid in a classic layout. For this version we’ll rotary cut the pieces and construct the block with set in seams. Don’t stop reading just because you saw those words ‘set in seams’. It’s not that hard, you just have to take it one step at a time – and I have tips!

In the blue and cream version we’ll use Marti Michell’s Perfect Patchwork Templates and I’ll show an assembly method that does not require set in seams.

Let’s get started!

Violet Block


Cut (1) 3” x 22” strip of the violet/pink/yellow print

Cut (1) 3″ x 22”  strip of pink solid

Cut (1) 4” x 18” strip of violet/yellow dot; crosscut into (4)  4” x 4” squares

Cut (1) 6 ¼” x 6 ¼” square of violet/yellow dot; cut diagonally twice to make (4) side triangles.

Stack the pink strip and floral strip of fabric right side up and cut four diamonds from each. Use the 45° line on the ruler to trim the end then cut in 3” intervals. Cut (4) of each fabric. tut-1



There are several ways to sew the eight pointed star block together. This is my favorite.

Mark a dot at the 1/4″ seam lines of the pink diamonds. If you have trouble eyeing the 1/4″ seam line draw intersecting lines and use the point where the lines cross.tut-5

Sew the diamonds into pairs starting the stitching ¼” from the outside edge, backstitch, then stitch all the way to the end on the inside point. Press the seams toward the pink fabric. Repeat to make 4.tut-7

Sew the pairs into halves the same way, by starting at the outside edge, ¼” from the end, backstitching, and sewing all the way to the other end.tut-8


Sew the two halves together, match the center and pin. You might find that your center points come out better if you sew from the center to the outside, stopping ¼” from the outside edge and backstitching then cut the threads and go back to the center to stitch the other side, again stopping ¼” from the edge. Sometimes stitching across the center will push the center to one side making a less than perfect center.

Now comes the fun part – setting in the corners and side triangles. I’ve laid out all the pieces so you can see where they go.img_9039 I prefer to start with a corner and work in one direction going around the block alternating a corner with a side triangle. You could also set in the four corners then go back and set in the four triangles. Or you could set the triangles in first. img_9040


The block will come out the same no matter which way you sew it together. It’s not necessary to press until all the pieces are set in. Here’s a tip: No matter which order you choose to set the pieces in, sew all the way to the outside edges and leave the seam open ¼” on the inside corners and backstitching whenever there is a seam that stops at that 1/4″ seam line.

Mark dots at the 1/4″ point on the corners of the background squares and triangles. Align one side of the square with the edge of a pink diamond. Poke a straight pin through the dot and pin it through the dot on the diamond. Sew from the outside edge toward the dot. Back stitch at the dot.tut-10b

Remove from the sewing machine and rotate so you can align the adjoining side of the square to the floral diamond. Repeat the stitching sewing from the outside toward the center. Backstitch at the dot. tut-11

Add the adjoining side triangle in the same manner.tut-12Tip: When sewing set in seams if you have trouble hitting the dot perfectly it’s better to stop too soon vs stitching too far.


Continue around the block alternating a corner square and triangle until all background pieces have been set it.

Give your block a final pressing and measure it. Does it measure 12 ½” x 12 ½” at this point? Then congratulations! You did an excellent job!tut-14

Let’s make the block again, this time using templates to cut out the block.

For my second color way I’m going to use Marti Michell’s Perfect Patchwork Templates to cut out the shapes. Template Set E is the eight pointed star set, and I’m also using one of my new favorites, the Multi-sized Half Square Triangle Ruler. In this example there are extra seams in the background pieces which is a way to avoid set in seams. Try it both ways and decide which you like better.


Use Marti Michell template set E and the multi-sized half square triangle to cut the pieces.

Cut (1) 3” x 22″ strip of blue/yellow tulip print

Cut (1) 3” x 22″ strip of blue print

Cut (1) 4” x 22″ strip of plain background

Cut (1) 3” x 22″ strip of plain background

For the diamonds use template E 30 and cut (4) from each 3″ strip of print fabric for the stars (4 blue/yellow tulip and 4 blue print) Nip off the points.tut-15



Use template E 32 and cut (8) large triangles from the 4″ strip of background fabric for the corners. Nip off the points.tut-18

Use the multi-sized half square triangle ruler and cut (8) small triangles of the background fabric for the side triangles using the 3” line on the ruler. Nip off the points using the corner of the ruler.tut-20


Sew a small triangle and a large triangle to each diamond as pictured. Make sure the orientation is correct. img_9057On the blue diamonds press the small triangle seams toward the diamond and the large triangle away from the diamond. Press the seams of the floral print units the opposite way with the small triangles going away from the diamond and the large triangles going toward it. Make 4 of each.img_9058

Place the units right sides together. You will notice that the seams nest perfectly since they were pressed in opposing directions. Sew and press the seam toward the blue diamond. Make 4.img_9059Sew together in pairs and press the seams toward the floral diamond. Make 2.

img_9060Match the center and sew the two halves together. Press the seam open. tut-26And there we have it, another beautiful Eight Pointed Star.

Which technique is for you? Set in seams or not? Do you like the pink or blue star best? Have you ever tried Marti’s Michell’s perfect patchwork templates?

Leave a comment to enter the giveaway!

I’m giving away a Craftsy Class Connect the Blocks – it has sashing ideas to complete the blocks in this hop into beautiful quilts and Marti has donated Template Set E and the Half Square Triangle Ruler. And don’t forget, if you haven’t already been to Inspired by Fabric blog, hop on over there, sign up to follow (if you don’t already) and leave a comment – they are giving away fat quarter bundles of Ruby’s Treasures!

Here is the schedule for the rest of the hop. Stop by here each day as well, I’ll be sharing more about Ruby and the fabric collection she inspired.

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