Category Archives: History

Get Your Kicks – and Your Stitch

By Donna di Natale I read in the paper that more than 40,000 people from around the world will converge in Joplin, Mo., this week to celebrate Route 66, the highway John Steinbeck called the mother road. I was surprised … Continue reading

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Old MacDonald Had a Quilt

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

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The Gift That Keeps on Giving

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

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Call for Quilts! My Stars V

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

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!

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Book of the Week: Across the Pond

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.

Across the Pond by Bettina HavigAcross the Pond by Bettina HavigAdd 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!
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