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Saturday, April 22, 2006

For Shirlee

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!


Dawn said...

Oh I'm so happy you shared the KCS blocks your friends made! I thought about doing them, but I have so much going on I decided I had just better pass - but wow - what fun those are! I can't wait to see them as they get more done. PROMISE you will make them let you take pictures and post them???!!!!

dot said...

Looks like everyone had a good time. The quilting in beautiful also. I am going to have to try my hand at hand applique.

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Your friend Shirley is quite a lucky girl to have a friend like you. Cats always do love to get into boxes...perhaps he was trying to help?

Nines said...

Beautiful applique!! I loved both color ways. Congrats on the weight loss and getting rid of that dress!!! Shew! Time to move on. As I was eating lunch, today, I overheard a lady say she had "body dysmorphic syndrome"... I guess she meant that she didn't have a clear picture of the size and shape that she is. Don't we all? you're lookin' great!

Judy said...

I too love the patterns and both of your friends do fabulous work. Are those patterns available online somewhere? I'd love to save them for doing later. I love applique.

Great kitty too. They always want to help us out don't they?

Finn said...

Neat post Sharon..I love seeing Shirlee's and Ibby's blocks..really neat work, both of them!

Oh, and a cute kitty pic too, I'll believe he tossed the fabrics out, ok..*VBG*

Sandra said...

What gorgeous gorgeous blocks! Sewing friends are just so special :-)

Shirlee said...

Sharon, it has been a fun 10 years and we have all come a long ways in our quilting! Thank you for your kind words about my work. I enjoy reading the blogs and checking out what everyone is working on!

Sharon said...

GASP!! I finally got Shirlee out of the anonymous reading! LOL!

The Calico Cat said...

You know I can't not comment about the box kitty! Oh, & I have a KC blocks book, the one with the hexagon blocks... (Never did any of the blocks, but I love having the book.)

Answer to your question, I have too many left over homespuns, but an idea on how to use some of them!

Judy said...

Thanks Sharon for the link! I love applique blocks that are very home-y and old fashion looking. I've already ordered them to add to my To-Do list!

Laura said...

What gorgeous blocks by both Shirlee and Ibby. I have bought the books each year from the monthly patterns.