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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

9 comments:

  1. I love the secondary designs these create.

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  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.

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

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  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.

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  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

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

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  9. 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!

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