The Kansas City Star published a quilt block pattern in the newspaper each week from the fall of 1928 until 1961. They apeared as line drawings, and over that period of time, there were over a thousand printed. Many quilters collected them each week, and we still run across boxes or binders of these original patterns when you go to auctions or estate sales. Barbara Brackman and Terry Clothier Thompson are two local quilters (nationally known) who have participated in bringing back this tradition for the Kansas City Star, only instead of weekly, one is published monthly. Edie McGinnis, another local quilter, puts them together at the end of the year in a book. You can find these patterns and books HERE
This is Shirlee and her version of this year's Kansas City Star monthly patterns published each month in the newspaper. Isn't it beautiful? Shirlee is one of the Amazing Quilt Babes, and we've been stitching together now for over 10 years. She always chooses the greatest colors, and does wonderful applique work! She's another one who seems to work fast, too!
And something else about my friend Shirlee? She reads my blog everyday, and I think she scrolls through all the Quilt Mavericks blogs too. But you'd never know it, because she never leaves a comment - do you Shirlee?
This is Ibby's block from the same pattern. (Sorry about the rug pattern the block is on.) Notice how Shirlee and Ibby have put the pieces together on the opposite sides?
This is Shirlee's second block (with Ibby's hands holding it!)
And of course, what's a blog posting without a cat helper? It almost looks like Clyde threw the fabric out of the box, doesn't it? Well, that's my story and I'm sticking to it!