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March 23, 2015

For Your Reading – and Quilting – Pleasure

Our latest offerings include a beautiful art book by designer Ann Loveless, who won $200,000 for one of her quilts.

Also new is a nostalgia-packed book by renowned quilt historian Gloria Nixon. Our new modern book by the mother-daughter duo of Jo Kramer and Kelli Hanken is packed with inspiration. And our latest cross-stitch book is filled with great projects by two popular teachers, Susan Greening Davis and Sally Criswell. Find these and our other great books at the Kansas City Star Quilts Store.

Here are out latest books:

Landscape Art Quilts 300 dpiLandscape Art Quilts, Step-by-Step: Learn Fast, Fusible Fabric Collage with Ann Loveless

Award-winning art quilter Ann Loveless shares her time-tested method for creating one-of-a-kind art quilts based on your favorite landscape photographs. With step-by-step instructions, she shows you her free-form method of cutting and placing fabrics on fusible web and finishing with free-motion machine quilting.

Ann Loveless of Frankfort, Michigan, is a national award-winning quiltmaker. Her collage landscape art quilt, Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore, won first place at the 2013 ArtPrize competition, with a prize of $200,000. It is the largest prize ever awarded to a quilt, and this is the first textile piece to ever win ArtPrize.

Rag Darlings: Dolls from the Feedsack Era, by Gloria NixonRag Darlings 300 dpi

Dolls – from a simple rag doll that came over on the Mayflower to Barbie – have captured our hearts for centuries. Through the decades, early homemade ones with painted faces gave way to commercial cut-and-sew versions. Advertisers jumped in with dolls printed on flour sacks and fabric panels, which became precious possessions of little girls in the dark days of the Great Depression and World War II.

You’ll find history and photographs of more than 250 dolls, fabric panels and doll ephemera, many rarely seen items, all carefully collected and documented by historian Gloria Nixon.

Country Girl Modern: 11 Modern-Traditional Quilts from the Junction, by Jo Kramer and Kelli Hankencountry girl modern cover

Add a bit of country to your modern quilts!

The mother-daughter duo of Jo Kramer and Kelli Hanken brings modern quilting to the country with these 11 updated quilts. Included are a quilt for a modern-day patriot, a vintage modern design and an Amish-inspired quilt. There is something here for every taste – country or city.

A Journey with Sibbel: An 18th Century Orphan’s Study of Needlework, by Susan Greening Davis and Sally Criswella journey with sibbel 300 dpi

Authors Susan Greening Davis and Sally Criswell found Sibbel’s sampler in Belgium, fell in love with it and brought it to America. Through their research, they have opened a window for us to see what life for Sibbel was like growing up in the 1700s, learning needlework techniques and coming to love stitching.

As Sibbel creates the motifs in her sampler and learns special joining stitches, you are invited to stitch along. In the project pages, you can create many of the items Sibbel would have made, such as her leather pin cushion or the gorgeous stitching weight used to hold her sampler in place.

March 23, 2015

Mrs. Bobbins

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March 20, 2015

Block 3 Now Available

The third block in our 2015 Kansas City Star Quilts block-of-the-month project is called Canasta. This block recalls family nights spent listening to the radio and playing games as chronicled in the diary of a teenage girl.

03March BOM Canasta

Shelly Pagliai of Wien, Missouri, designed the quilt, Hazel’s Diary, which tells the story of her mother, Hazel Ilene Hyde, who was born Sept. 19, 1936. Hazel’s parents gave her a diary for Christmas 1950. She faithfully wrote in the book every day for the next few years.

Look for a new block the third Sunday of each month in The Kansas City Star. To read about the block in the newspaper, go to kansascity.com. Go to the Living tab, then House & Home.  Nonsubscribers should get five free clicks a month.

Click here to read about the third block, which is 18 inches finished.

We will no longer offer a free download of the patterns. We realized that over time it’s not fair to the authors to give away their creative efforts.

To read the complete transcript of the diary, including more stories and pictures, with recipes and additional quilt patterns, click here. You also can get information on buying the pattern for the second block there.

To buy Blocks 1 and 2, go to the Kansas City Star Quilts Store.

Here’s the compete quilt:

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March 16, 2015

Mrs. Bobbins

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March 13, 2015

From Dreams to Reality

By Edie McGinnis

edie_mug1I think it was about eight years ago that I decided to retire from The Kansas City Star. I left with a contract and pretty much kept right on working but doing my job from home. It was a pretty cushy deal to be able to sit around in my jammies with a cat on my lap while I worked.

It wasn’t long before I was back on the payroll. No question, I had flunked retirement. I didn’t even make a good ne’er-do-well, to be truthful about the matter.

But now I am eight years older, and we have two babies coming in our family this spring. I’m thinking I ought to give semiretirement a shot and enjoy those new little people because they don’t stay little for long, you know. So this will be my last blog for Kansas City Star Quilts.

I am rather sad about leaving, but I am so grateful for all the opportunities I’ve been given. I’ve had dreams fulfilled that I didn’t even know I had whirling around in my head. And really, how many people get to retire from the same place twice?

Back when I was in my 20s, I dreamed of working for a big city newspaper. I had worked for a very small paper called The Woodstock Daily Sentinel in Woodstock, Illinois. I fell in love with the smell of the ink and the miracle of watching all the pieces and parts of the newspaper come together and roll off the presses every blooming day of the year. It was the best job I had ever had, in my opinion.

It was sometime later that I got hired at The Kansas City Star, and that became the best job I ever had. And I am grateful for all the years I’ve spent there.

I became a quilter, and while I was at The Star, I discovered the rich heritage it had with quilting. And then it opened a books division. Ah, quilt patterns and books, what a perfect match! Oh, and guess who among them knew how to quilt!old patterns

Yep, that would be me. So I have spent the last 15 years of my life living my dream. I got to edit books. And I got to write books. Not just one either, but 17 of them. Who even knew that I could do that? Who even gets the chance to see that become a reality? That happens to very few people, my friends, very few!book covers

And I have Doug Weaver, our publisher, to thank for that. There is nothing better than having someone believe in you more than your believe in yourself.

And let’s talk about going to International Quilt Market for a moment. I had the privilege of meeting so many people and learning so much. I will never forget walking into that exhibition hall the first time and just standing there with my mouth hanging open. I could barely take it all in.

And there we were with our half booth, no props, no drapes, nothing but two books to show off on our little table. We were quick studies, though, and the next year we came back prepared. We had a booth that showed Kansas City Star Quilts off like nobody’s business, and each year, we got better. Seriously, how many people get to do that?blog1

And while I’m leaving The Star, I’m not planning to become a ne’er-do-well yet. I will continue to do lectures and trunk shows and share my quilts and feedsacks with anyone who wants to listen.

I still have stories to tell, so I will continue to write a blog. You can read it here and see what Earl is up to and how annoying he has been. He is going to be in charge of any giveaways.  After all, it’s a well-known fact that cats aren’t very savvy about making money, so he ought to do well with that.

I especially want to thank each of you who took the time to read my blog and made the effort to hit that like button on Facebook or leave a comment. Having that kind of encouragement has meant a lot to me.

So I’ve rattled on long enough. Please come visit me at ediemcginnis.com. We have a new adventure waiting.