Saturday, October 3, 2020

Kansas City Star Quilt Patterns: A List


Kansas City Star quilt patterns

I was looking through my first book for the Kansas City Star from 2001 (back when they did quilt books) and remembered the editors ended it with a list of patterns published in the newspaper between 1928 and 1961. 

This would be useful if one were looking for a pattern.

You can see the list at the end of the preview here:

I don't think it includes patterns published exclusively in the Weekly Star Farmer, their agricultural weekly---just the designs in the city newspaper.

Since I was making their list into jpgs for myself I thought some of you might like to have a digital list. I've illustrated it with a few patterns from this 2018 book about the patterns.

Preview here:


So below are the pages reframed into lists you can print on 8-1/2 x 11" sheets.


The third pattern in 1928

Pattern from Kansas City Star Quilts Sampler

Tattered block from the time of McKim's pattern

From the recent sampler


Mary Edwards Miller, New York Project & the Quilt Index

I was surprised at how few quilters were inspired by McKim's 1930 design
to sew a Mexican Star. Most like this one are after 1960. I made one in
the 1970s.


Arabic Lattice,  March 1935



1940 Garden Walk



Crazy Anne (#2)




The last pattern in 1961 was Little Boy's Breeches, probably a reprint of this one from 1934.

Top possibly made from that last pattern in the 1960s


  1. I love the secondary designs these create.

  2. I made a "Crazy Ann" quilt in the earlier part of the century. I didn't know what the pattern was called. It is all hand pieced.

  3. Barbara- as always, you are such a wealth of information and are sso gracious in sharing it with us. Many thanks

  4. I remember your Prairie Flower book from 2001. I was the new owner of a quilt shop that year. Lone Star House of Quilts in Arlington TX. I recognized it right away from our shop inventory.

  5. Thank you so much for sharing this
    Brought back memories of my mother in law she is the one that introduced me to quilting

  6. Barbara, thank you for the interesting information! Always fun to read about patterns from the newspapers!

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  8. I am trying to identify the block in an old quilt. It is a variation of Country Farm. I am in St Joseph, MO, just north of Kansas City, so it wouldn’t surprise me to learn it was published in the KC Star. Is there a way I can show you a photo and see if you recognize it? Much thanks!

  9. Barbara, your newly revised Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns was invaluable to me recently in identifying the pattern of a vintage Little Boy's Britches quilt top that one of my clients rescued and brought to me for longarm quilting. When she found it in a thrift shop, it was filthy and was being used to wrap motor parts in!! Hand pieced quilt blocks!! I feel like someone ought to have been arrested! My question is, do you keep records of what size quilt blocks were originally intended to be, and have you considered adding that information to your reference books? As an EQ8 user (and happy owner of Blockbase) I know I can make quilt blocks any size I want them, but when the goal is to create an authentic reproduction it would really help to know what size the pattern designer originally intended. Scale can make such a huge impact on how modern or antique a quilt appears, regardless of whether appropriate vintage or reproduction fabrics have been used. Thank you!