Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Where Poppies Grow: World War I Memorial Quilts

If you are coming to Kansas City for the June 19-21 Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival
you must make time to see the exhibits at the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial.

The Liberty Memorial, guarded by mourning sphinxes,
is one of the city's s great architectural sites.

Among the  museum exhibits: 
Where Poppies Grow: Quilts and Projects Honoring Those Who Served in World War I

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday
10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 21 
 National World War I Museum and Memorial, 100 W. 26th St. Kansas City, Missouri

During 2014, the centennial of the beginning of the Great War,
Denniele Bohannon and Janice Britz published a Block of the Month
in the Kansas City Star.

The blocks told the story of Denniele's great-grandfather
Almo O'Kell who served with the American troops.

Many quilters followed the series and twenty of their quilts will be on display in the Museum.

Dorry at Colvin Kiwi, born in New Zealand,
used the monthly blocks in a design to honor
her grandfather who served in Gallipoli with the
Australian New Zealand Army Corps.

James Patrick Coughlan, 
New Zealand Expeditionary Force

Dorry's quilt will be in the exhibit.

Denniele and Janice will talk about their project on Saturday afternoon, June 20, 2015 from 1:00  to 2:00
Where Poppies Grow: Quilts and Projects Honoring Those Who Served in World War I
They'll also sign copies of their book.

There's no charge to attend the talk but they would like you to sign up beforehand.

Read about the museum exhibit here:
go to page 2.

Read more about the Festival and the World War I show here:


  1. Me encanta ver como un mismo patrĂ³n cambia al utilizar otras telas!

  2. Thank you, Barbara, for sharing about the display featuring quilts based on Remembering Almo. It is an exciting time and I keep thinking it just can't get much better...then I opened my email today and was surprised again. You truly walk the walk by supporting other quilters and generously sharing your vast knowledge.

  3. I wish I could see this exhibition. It looks like everyone did an extraordinary job making the quilts and putting this together as a beautiful and thought-provoking remembrance.

  4. Hi Barbara, I always enjoy your posts, even if I don't always comment. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. On the subject of this post, I wondered if you'd heard about a poppy project here in Australia. If you're interested, you can read about it here https://5000poppies.wordpress.com/

  5. I love Dorry's quilt and the colors she used in it.
    Someday when I am ready, I will make a memorial quilt for my daughter.