Category Archives: History
by Anna Bernard As a Prairie Village, Kan., native who attends college at Washington University in St. Louis and has grandparents in Indianapolis, I calculate that I’ve traveled the stretch of Interstate 70 between Kansas City and St. Louis about … Continue reading
I know, I know, Christmas is over. But that doesn’t mean that the quilters in your life don’t have birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine’s Day and other occasions when gifts are appropriate. It would be perfect if you would give them a … Continue reading
The fifth book in the My Stars series is right around the corner, but first, we need YOUR help!
This book will feature patterns such as Log Cabin, Victory Quilt and Oklahoma’s Square Dance – and we want to see your quilts of these patterns!
Attached is a list of the 25 patterns that will appear in the book. If you have any quilts in these patterns, please email a picture of them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your quilt is selected, we’ll photograph it and publish it in the book! When the book is ready, we’ll send you a free copy!
Also, if you haven’t already done so, sign up for My Star Collection – a program where for only $20 a year, you receive a redrafted pattern each week from our historical collection. That’s 52 patterns!
We’re looking forward to receiving your submissions! Continue reading
Every Wednesday, we will feature a different book from our large selection of titles. This weekly feature will allow a more in-depth look at some of our favorites.
First up: Bettina Havig’s Across the Pond: Projects Inspired by Quilts of the British Isles.
Add sophistication and charm to your quilts with the projects inspired by the quilts of the British Isles. The frame or medallion quilt projects echo the historical quilts that greatly influenced American quilt makers in the 19th century. In addition there are strippy quilts easily made using the accurate step-by-step directions and reflecting more of the tradition of British quilts. Each quilt or project is named for a memory of Bettina’s travels on her many trips.
Travel with tour guide Bettina Havig and catch her enthusiasm for these traditional quilts. The lure of the quilts will unfold as you share in her travels. Medallion quilts are impressive and stylish. And they are infectious… you can’t make just one. Fortunately there are patterns and instructions for several. You will want to make them all!
In May, we plan to release a book that includes a selection of 25 of the first patterns offered to My Star Collection subscribers. The book, called “My Stars: Patterns from The Kansas City Star, Vol. I,” will include redrafted patterns that were published in The Kansas City Star newspaper sometime between 1928 and 1961. Each pattern will include templates, fabric requirements, and assembly instructions, as well as the history of the block. But we’re missing one thing – quilts made up of these blocks!
This is where you come in! If you have a quilt made up of any of the blocks listed below and would like to have it published in our book, please email us a sample picture. If chosen, we’ll ship your quilt to our studios to be photographed and then back again – we pay for shipping – and we’ll give you a free copy of the book once it is released.
Below are the patterns we’d like to see quilts made of:
Broken Sugar Bowl
Caps for Witches and Dunces
Four Patch Fox and Goose