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July 24, 2014

Bobbins’ Bargains heads west

This week, Mrs. Bobbins is hitching up the wagon and crossing the frontier.

bobbins bargains logo - 200 wideShe is always one to find a good deal out there in the quilt world. Now she brings her amazing talents to you … with her weekly Bobbins’ Bargains!

Every Thursday, Mrs. Bobbins will select one of our books and offer it to you at a very special price … 75% off the current listed price!

Better yet, your shipping is FREE in the continental U.S.

Better, better yet, “Five Gets You a Freebie!” If you order a Bobbins’ Bargain just five times (from five different sales), you get a free copy of any of our books! Take your pick. We’ll contact you by email once you’ve qualified for a free book and take your order.  Plus your shipping on that one is free as well. Easy as pie!

This week’s Bobbins’ Bargain is Leaving Baltimore: A Prairie Album Quilt – Combining Traditional and Dimensional Appliqué, by Christina DeArmond, Eula Lang and Kaye Spitzli.LeavingBaltimoreWeb

Imagine living in the mid-1800s. Now imagine leaving your home and heading west in a covered wagon to your new home on the prairie. The flora, fauna and landscape are all new to you, and like the ladies of Baltimore, you want to record this journey by creating an album quilt.

Using both traditional and 3-dimensional appliqué, you record the wildflowers, fruits and vegetables, and animals you see along the way and around your new home.  You add the Prairie Schooner that brought you to this new land, the cherished Bible that provided guidance when the journey was rough, and the bald eagle that symbolizes the strength and freedom of this young country.

Included in this book are large photographs and full-sized patterns for the nine album blocks and four cutwork blocks, with clear, detailed instructions for embellishing your quilt with 3-dimensional appliqué. Additional projects include a Prairie Chain quilt, a table mat and an embroidered wall hanging.

Click here to see a YouTube video of the book.

The book is on sale for $22.95. Your price using our Bobbins’ Bargains promotion code is just $5.74, plus your shipping on this book is free in the continental U.S.!

(SHIPPING NOTE! Please allow 14 business days for delivery after Wednesday, July 30, the last day of this week’s sale.)

Be sure to use this promotion code before checkout:


Please make sure to click the “Apply Promotion Code Now” button after entering the code. The discount won’t apply unless you do so. Please verify that you’ve received the discount before checking out.

Click here to order.  And remember  …  your shipping of this book is free in the continental U.S.!

July 24, 2014

The Art of the Quilt Kit

By Donna di Natale

Donna di Natale

Donna di Natale

A quick visit to Lincoln, Nebraska, over the weekend to see family included a visit to the International Quilt Study Center & Museum. I’ve been there several times, and each time I marvel at the exhibitions and displays.

Native Nebraskans Ardis and Robert James founded the museum in 1997, when they donated nearly 1,000 quilts and an endowment to maintain the collection. The physical structure, built with private funds, opened in 2008, and the collection has grown to more than 4,000 quilts. IQSCM



This is not your typical quilt museum. Yes, there are quilt exhibitions, but the main focus is on education and textile conservation. It is an academic program of the Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The master’s degree in textile history with a quilt studies emphasis is the only program of its kind in the world, according to the university. Research, studies and training are continuously taking place at the center. You can plan your visit to include a public lecture, workshop or a Quilt Identification Day.

Modern Marvels
I went to see one of the current exhibitions, “Modern Marvels: Quilts Made From Kits, 1915-1950.” Marin Hanson, the museum’s curator of exhibitions, and graduate student Deborah Rake curated the exhibit. They have done a fine job of explaining quilts from kits and selecting quilts representative of the various manufacturers and designers.

Before I go any further, let me apologize for the poor quality of the photos. No flash is allowed inside the museum, and the only camera I had with me was the one on my phone. These photos will give you some idea of the exhibit, but you really need to see it in person or view the quilts on the museum’s website. display 1
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In the center of the exhibit, displays explain kit quilts from 1915 to 1950. From the early years, there were boxes and packets of squares and diamonds all cut and ready to be sewn into a quilt. Later, toward the ’50s, kits started moving away from precut shapes, instead containing fabric and instructions for cutting the fabric, much like quilt kits today.

May Tulips


Pink Dogwood
The exhibit includes well-known quilts, such as Marie Webster’s May Tulips; Poppy; and Pink Dogwood.

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Royal Aster
Anne Orr is represented by her Dresden I kit quilt, taken from a crochet pattern she designed. The Royal Aster Quilt by Home Art Studio, a Hubert ver Mehren design, is front and center as you walk into the room.

Daisy Chain

Blue Baskets

Snow Flake
Also included are a Daisy Chain quilt designed by Mary McElwain and two kit quilts from Paragon Needlecraft Co. – a Blue Basket quilt and a Snowflake quilt. The Snowflake is one I hadn’t seen before. I would love to find an original kit for this beautiful quilt, with all its unique appliquéd shapes.

Trip Around the World

Broken Star

Floral Basket

Other quilts displayed from unknown designers are pieced quilts Trip Around the World, Double Wedding Ring (not shown) and Broken Star, and a lovely appliquéd quilt called Floral Basket.

If you have made a quilt from a kit – whether vintage or modern-day – the museum encourages you to share it on its Pinterest board.

I am a member of the museum and encourage others to become members. It is a marvelous place, and we as quilters are fortunate to have such a center. “Modern Marvels: Quilts Made From Kits, 1915-1950” continues through Feb. 28.

Donna di Natale is an author and editor for Kansas City Star Quilts. She writes every Wednesday.


July 22, 2014

Texas Quilt Shop Owner Q&A: Suzanne Weberand and Lori LaParche, Quilt Country

WarehouseOnWheels-page-0To celebrate the second week of our Warehouse on Wheels sale in Texas, we’re  talking with two sisters who own a shop in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Our special sale at seven quilt shops in the Houston, Austin and Dallas-Fort Worth areas — with books as much as 75 percent off! — continues through July 26.

Suzanne Weber and Lori LaParche own Quilt Country in Lewisville Texas.

What made you decide to open a shop?

Our motivation for buying this existing shop was love for quilting and the opportunity to keep our favorite shop open and expanding.

What trends do you see in quilting today? Have tastes changed since you opened your shop?Quilt Country1

We see the demand for more and more brights and batiks, which is what our customers have come to love, anticipate and expect from Quilt Country. We don’t see a lot of demand in our shop for the more traditional fabrics, but there are several other great shops nearby which feature these other styles.

Quilt Country, 701 Stemmons Freeway, Lewisville, Texas (972) 436-7022

July 21, 2014

Mrs. Bobbins


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July 20, 2014

Block 7 Free Download!

Here is the seventh block in Kansas City Star Quilts’ 2014 block-of-the-month project, a tribute to those who served in World War I. This block is called French Star.


Where Poppies Grow … Remembering Almo commemorates the Great War, which started a century ago, in July 1914. Denniele O’Kell Bohannon of Louanna Mary Quilt Design in Harrisonville, Missouri, and Janice Britz of Bee Merry Farms in Peculiar, Missouri, designed this year’s quilt as a remembrance of Almo Ebenezer O’Kell, Bohannon’s great-grandfather.

Angela Walters of Quilting Is My Therapy in Kearney, Missouri, did the free-motion quilting.

The finished quilt is 72 inches by 83 inches.

The pattern for this block appeared in the July 20 Kansas City Star. The Star will publish a new block on the third Sunday of every month. The pattern for this block appeared in the July 20 Kansas City Star. The Star will publish a new block on the third Sunday of every month. Go to the Living tab, then House & Home. To read the story about the quilt and this month’s block in the online version of The Star, click here.

Every month, we will offer the current block on this site as a free download for one week. The blocks then will be available for $3.95 at the Kansas City Star Quilt Store.

To download Block 7, click here.

(Be sure to download the file to your hard drive before attempting to print it out. Because of the file’s large size, you might not be able to simply open the PDF on your screen and print from there. Instead, please open it on your screen, then click the download button to load it on your hard drive. Once the PDF is on your hard drive, open your Adobe reader, find the file, click on it to open, then print it from there.)

One free download per person.  This pattern is available for personal use only — not commercial use — by the person downloading the pattern.  It is a violation of the authors’ and The Kansas City Star’s copyright to copy this pattern and give it to others, or to re-purpose it in any way.