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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:
https://www.amazon.com/Prairie-Flower-Plains-Barbara-Brackman/dp/0971292000

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:

https://www.google.com/books/edition/The_Kansas_City_Star_Quilts_Sampler/hmx8DwAAQBAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&dq=kansas+city+star+sampler&printsec=frontcover

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

1928-1930

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



1930-1932




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.


1934-1936


Arabic Lattice,  March 1935



1936-1937



1938-1941

1940 Garden Walk





1941-1946

1946-1949

1949
Crazy Anne (#2)





1949-1955

1955-1959

1959-1961



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

6 comments:

Lady Locust said...

I love the secondary designs these create.

Robin said...

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.

kathiquilts said...

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

Alice Cooksey said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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

Lois W said...

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