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October 22, 2014

Meet Our Authors!

International Quilt Market is this weekend in Houston, so it’s time to start thinking about the events you just can’t miss. We hope our Schoolhouse sessions and books signings make your list!quilt market houston 2014

Here’s the schedule for our Schoolhouse sessions, Friday, Oct. 24:

Heather Willms and Elissa Willms, The Little Things in Life: Quilted Projects to Brighten Your Day, 1:35 p.m., Room 352F

Janice Britz  and Denniele Bohannon, Where Poppies Grow: Quilts and Projects Honoring Those Who Served in World War I,  2:10 p.m., Room 362C

Deanne Eisenman, Blooming Patchwork: A Celebration of Appliqué in Quilts, 2:10 p.m., Room 352F

Dawn Heese, Autumn Splendor: Folk Art Quilts and Projects, 2:10 p.m., Room 362B

Donna di Natale for Suzanne Cosmo, Fabulous Wool Felt: Stitch 17 Fun Gifts and Projects, 2:30 p.m., Room 362B

Betsy Chutchian, Just Treats, No Tricks: Bewitching Quilts and More to Celebrate Autumn, 2:30 p.m., Room 352F

Maggie Bononami, Thistle Down Moon: Fresh Primitive Projects Inspired by an Old Quilt, 2:30 p.m., Room 362C

Donna di Natale and Amy Ubben, Stitches in Rhyme: Mother Goose Embroidered Quilts (and More!) for the Modern Nursery, 2:50 p.m., Room 362C

Melissa Corry, Tia Curtis and Angela Walters, Optical Illusions: Innovative Designs for the Modern Quilter, 2:50 p.m., Room 352F

All of our book signings will be in our booth, No. 2053. Here’s the schedule:

Saturday, Oct. 25:

Donna di Natale and Amy Ubben, Stitches in Rhyme: Mother Goose Embroidered Quilts (and More!) for the Modern Nursery,10:30 a.m.

Betsy Chutchian, Just Treats, No Tricks: Bewitching Quilts and More to Celebrate Autumn, 11:30 a.m.

Janice Britz and Denniele Bohannon, Where Poppies Grow: Quilts and Projects Honoring Those Who Served in World War I, 12:30 p.m.

Maggie Bononami, Thistle Down Moon: Fresh Primitive Projects Inspired by an Old Quilt, 1:30 p.m.

Dawn Heese, Autumn Splendor: Folk Art Quilts and Projects, 2:30 p.m.

Melissa Corry, Tia Curtis and Angela Walters, Optical Illusions: Innovative Designs for the Modern Quilter, 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 26:

Joyce Dean Gieszler, Then and Now Quilts: Yesterday’s Inspiration – Today’s Techniques – Tomorrow’s Treasures, 10 a.m.

Deanne Eisenman, Blooming Patchwork: A Celebration of Appliqué in Quilts, 10:45 a.m.

Heather and Elissa Willms, The Little Things in Life: Quilted Projects to Brighten Your Day, 11:30 a.m.

Follow us on Twitter, check our Facebook page and visit this blog for updates during market. Hope to see you there!

 

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October 21, 2014

Warehouse-on-Wheels Sale: Nebraska

WarehouseOnWheels-page-0The Cornhusker State is the next stop for our popular  traveling book sale!

Kansas City Star Quilts is working with five Nebraska shops to bring you great prices on 30 beautiful books during the sale, which runs through Nov. 2.  During this special sale, books will be as much as 75 percent off, with prices as low as $5.50.

In the next few days, we will run interviews with the shop owners on this blog site to give you a behind-the-scenes look at these great shops.

The shops are:

OGALLALA:

Silver Thimble Sewing Center, 108 N. Spruce St., Ogallala, Nebraska 308-284-6838

LINCOLN:

Calico House, 5221 S 48th St., #4, Lincoln, Nebraska 402-489 1067

NORTH PLATTE:

The Quilt Rack, 101 W. Front St., North Platte, Nebraska 308-532-2606

HEMINGFORD:

Pat’s Creative, 7355 Gage Road, Hemingford, Nebraska 308-487-3999

YORK:

The Quilt Basket, 718 N. Lincoln Ave., York, Nebraska 402-362-5737

For more information and a list of all the sale books, click here. And if you’d like to see our Warehouse-On-Wheels sale come to your state, let us know on our Facebook page!

If you have questions, please call the shops for more information or send email to weaver@kcstar.com.

October 20, 2014

Mrs. Bobbins

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October 19, 2014

Block 10 Free Download!

Here is the 10th 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 Dove in the Window.

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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 October 19 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 Quilts Store.Where Poppies Grow High res

To buy Where Poppies Grow: Quilts and Projects Honoring Those Who Served in World War I, click here. The book has all 12 blocks that make up the quilt. Two color variations and setting options are given for the main quilt. Three more striking quilts, two variations of a table runner and a poppy pin and pincushion round out the projects.

To download Block 10, 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.

October 17, 2014

It’s That Time Again

By Edie McGinnis

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Edie McGinnis

October has rolled around, and we are getting ready to head off to Houston for International Quilt Market.

It’s a busy time for everyone who vends at the wholesale market. Here at Kansas City Star Quilts, we have been planning and making arrangements for months. Long before the truck is loaded and pulls out of the parking lot, we have made many decisions. We have decided how big our booth will be, how many books to take and who is doing what. We also have a pretty good idea of how our booth will end up looking.

Jack Beasley, inventory and order manager, has been working hard to gather up all the forms and new fixtures we are using this year. Our standard black curtains that “look good with any quilt” have been replaced with some silvery gray drapes. We think this will make our booth look lighter and more cheery.boxes forms

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We have some new quilt ladder fixtures that Gary Younger painted for us. Gary works in the carpenter shop at The Kansas City Star and was kind enough to help us out.Gary

Jo Ann Groves, design lead and photo editor, and I spent some time making sure the quilts were counted and in boxes. All the quilts and projects are packed carefully so nothing gets lost or dirty.boxes of quilts

On Monday, Doug Weaver, our publisher, will pack up our truck and head for Houston. Author and editor Donna di Natale, marketing coordinator Deborah Bauer and I will head off to the airport early Thursday morning and arrive in Houston by 10:30 a.m. From there, we will head for the convention center and get to work setting up the booth.loaded

Market is always a lot of hard work, but it’s fun, too. It’s a chance to meet up with old friends we’ve made through the years, as well as an opportunity to make new ones. We watch a large, empty room with concrete floors become a beautiful, quilty place with enough eye candy to make any quilter drool with delight.

Everything a quilter could possibly want will be on display. New tools, scissors, colors of thread, patterns and fabric will tempt everyone passing by.

As for me, I’ve decided I will be immune to temptation this year.

Except for scissors. I will probably feel obligated to buy a pair of scissors.

Edie McGinnis is an author and editor for Kansas City Star Quilts. She writes every Friday.