Tuesday, January 21, 2014

World War I Remembrance:Quilt Block of the Month

Father's Choice
Sunday morning I opened my Kansas City Star newspaper to find this lovely quilt block as the first in a new series: “Where Poppies Grow … Remembering Almo,” a block-of-the-month honoring those who served in World War I.

A surprise to find such a graceful combination of piecing and applique and the best surprise that it was designed by my friend Denniele Bohannon.

Where Poppies Grow
by Denniele O'Kell Bohannon
and Janice Britz.
Quilted by Angela Walters

Now, she has been telling me she has some family letters from her great-grandfather and that she has been working on a quilt linked to them---but she didn't tell me much more.

Here's what the Star says:
"This year’s quilt was designed by Denniele O’Kell Bohannon of Louanna Mary Quilt Design, Harrisonville, and Janice Britz of Bee Merry Farms, Peculiar, as a tribute to Bohannon’s great-grandfather Almo Ebenezer O’Kell. Angela Walters of Quilting Is My Therapy in Kearney did the free-motion quilting.

Almo O’Kell, 30, died Jan. 12, 1919, while serving his country in Koblenz, Germany.O’Kell’s correspondence and photos have been preserved by his family and provide a rich history of Almo’s duty as a medic with Field Hospital No. 3 and the First Division under Gen. John J. Pershing, a Missouri native.
Each month, along with a new quilt block, we’ll share a piece of Almo’s story."

You can participate in this Block of the Month from Star Quilts. The pattern will be published on the third Sunday of each month in 2014 in the newspaper. It's also available online.

The Star says each block will be available as a free download for one week at the online home of Kansas City Star Quilts (PickleDish.com). After that, the pattern will be available as a download for $3.95 at Kansas City Star Quilts Store (PickleDishstore.com).

Here's the temporary free link to Block 1:

You'll have to remember to access the site in the week after the third Sunday each month if you want to download it for free.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2014/01/17/4751625/the-stars-2014-quilt-project-block.html#storylink=cpy
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Congratulations to Denniele and Janice!


  1. Secrets are hard for me to keep! Thank you for the kind words and sharing. :)

  2. I found that and it is a beautiful quilt. I am downloading the blocks and when I feel more proficient with my quilting, I will have all the blocks.


  3. Thank you for letting us know about this BOM. That is a lovely quilt. I will add it to my list of future projects :\

  4. Thank you for sharing our quilt, Barbara. What a treat it is for me to work on this project with Denniele and now be mentioned on your blog--I am excited beyond words.

    Your kindness is much appreciated!

  5. Thanks for being such an early riser and sharing this with us. I absolutely love this gorgeous quilt and the really strange thing is I just stumbled across your blog while perusing pinterest. Will be a regular from now on.

  6. My Great-grandfather, Elijah Broadhead, was a veteran of World War I. He was a cowboy and assigned to the cavalry. I'm thrilled you shared this beautiful quilt.

  7. What a great quilt to remember and honor our War Heroes.

    Well done, Denniele, Janice and Angela.

  8. Thanks for the info. I've downloaded the first block!