Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Ruby Roads ++ Pattern Release

Hi Everyone, I hope that you are all staying warm, we actually had a snow storm (2 inches!) here in South Carolina on Friday.  We usually get 1-2 snow storms the entire year so to have one so early in December is very unusual.  My kids had a blast playing in the snow and making a snowman.

As we approach the end of the year, I am happy to be able to mark off one of my 2017 goals, releasing patterns for Ruby Roads, Cake Slices, and Yesterday.

You can find Ruby Roads in my pattern shop (digital and print versions) and on Etsy.

A little reminder of how Ruby Roads came to be...

My local traditional guild, the Foothills Piecemakers Quilt Guild, hosted an annual quilt challenge back in the spring.  This year, we had to reach into a bucket, pull out a random letter, and make a quilt based on a block starting with that letter.  I picked the letter "R".

I pulled out my favorite quilt block book, "The Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns: 4050 Pieced Blocks for Quilters(affiliate link) by Jinny Beyer. From there I just went page by page skimming the blocks starting with the letter R until a block called Ruby Roads caught my eye.  Ruby Roads is an older block dating back to the early 1900's.  I altered the block some and set it on point to give it a different look.

About the pattern...

Ruby Roads is a intermediate level, modern quilt and contains both baby and queen sizes (the layout of the quilts are the same, the blocks and sashing are scaled up for the larger size).

The baby sized version of Ruby Roads is fat eighth friendly and the queen version is fat quarter friendly.
I made the cover quilt (baby sized) using the Les Fleurs collection by Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton + Steel on a white fabric background.  I used my favorite soft white (2021) Aurifil in 50 wt for the piecing and quilting and used Warm & White batting by the Warm Company.

When I initially posted about the Ruby Roads finish I asked if there might be interest in a pattern for the design.  I was blown away at the positive response.  I am sorry it took so long to get this pattern finished, I hope that you enjoy it and I would love to see your versions of Ruby Roads (make sure you share them on social media with #RubyRoadsQuilt).

Many, many thanks to Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl and Paige @Quilted Blooms for their help with tech editing this pattern!

Remember, you can find Ruby Roads in my pattern shop (digital and print versions) and on Etsy.   Thanks!


  1. Congrats on the release, Cheryl! Your quilt looks so pretty again the dark fence and lush greenery!

  2. I bought the pattern and am going to starting pulling fabrics today for it. Reminds me of snowflakes :)

  3. Congrats Cheryl! I think this design is beautiful and has so many options with fabrics and color! Endless possibilities!!

  4. I really love this pattern! The snowfall last week that you talk about has me thinking of this pattern as a series of beautiful snowflakes. :)

  5. Lovely. I agree with Yvonne that the blocks are like snowflakes. I smiled at the thought of 2" inches of snow. It's just a dusting where I'm from. We need a good 6" plus for it to be a storm. But I don't want any till Dec 24th.

  6. Congrats on this release! I do love the pattern and am glad to see that you released it :) We finally got our first dusting of snow this week, which is unusual for us. Usually we've had several good snows by now.

  7. Congrats on three releases! Wow! It must be so excited to let them all out into the world this week. They look like snowflakes to me, too!

  8. Congrats on the new pattern. I really like it. I think I like when you use half blocks as it the pattern went off the page. Well done.

  9. I love this quilt and especially that the blocks are on point. Another great pattern, Cheryl!

  10. I love this pattern. Any thoughts about writing it for a king size? Or ideas for modifications to make it fit a king?

    1. Hi Pixie - I am writing to you here because there was no email associated with your comment so I could not email you back. Due to the block sizes, the best way to make the queen into a king would be the addition of borders. Thanks!


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