Sunday, November 4, 2018

Kansas City Star Quilts at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah KY

In September, my husband wanted to see the Grand Canyon – a very long drive from Maryland. So of course, Paducah, Kentucky’s National Quilt Museum HAD to be a stopover!

We saw fabulous quilts from the permanent collection and several special exhibits. Edie McGinnis’s collection of Kansas City Star Quilts was something I was excited to see. (The exhibit is open until December 4, 2018.) 

I plan to post more photos from the museum, but here are a few of my favorites from the Kansas City Star collection. I chose those with hand quilting; I am always interested in the quilting stitch designs and how quilters interpret "Quilt as Desired." (Click on photos for closer detail.)

The Aircraft Quilt (1929) Symbolic of the times in airline history.

English Flower Garden (1930) Spring is the time to make gardens and garden quilts.

Pineapple Cactus (1932) Eveline Foland wrote: “This very elaborate pattern is not for the novice in quilt making, but the experienced quilter will revel in its intricacy.” This quiltmaker even added feather wreaths and a special prairie point edging.

Love in a Tangle (1950) You can’t go wrong with red and white.

Edie is a former associate editor of “Kansas City Star Quilts,” and the author of many quilt books and articles. Through her career she has researched the Kansas City Star patterns that were printed in the newspapers, and much of their history. She has collected a number of the newspaper’s original 1928–1961 patterns, and quilts made from them, which she shared for this exhibit. (Thanks, Edie!)

Edie’s collection is on exhibit at the National Quilt Museum until December 4, 2018.

Keep Stitching!
Barbara M. Burnham

(c)2018 Barbara M. Burnham. All rights reserved. Reproduction of any kind is expressly prohibited without prior written authorization.

1 comment:

  1. Love that museum! That prairie point edge is something I have nevery seen before. Wow I thought traveling from Tx to the Grand Canyon was a long trip!


Note: Comments are moderated at this time.