Kansas City Star Books

Quilt Block Collection

Pattern Books: Responding to requests for copies of the original quilt block patterns, the Central Oklahoma Quilters Guild has published, with permission of the newspaper, all of the individual patterns and an illustrated index to the pattern collection.  To order books, please indicate your selections on the order form link below.  Mail the form, along with your name and address (including ZIP CODE) and check or money order to:

Central Oklahoma Quilters Guild, Inc.
PO Box 270246
Oklahoma City, OK 73137

Oklahoma Heritage Quilts published by the American Quilters Society, is no longer in print.  The book contains 200 color photos of pre-1940 quilts, plus historical information from the OK Quilt Heritage Project.  As of November 2005, the guild is offering on a compact disk the complete manuscript of the book along with the complete database compiled by the OK Heritage Quilt Project Team in preparation for publishing the book.  And the cost of the CD is only $20 plus $4 for shipping and handling.

Kansas City Star Quilt Block Collection Book and CD order form:
Order Form

Kansas City Star Quilt Blocks

Sponsored by the Central Oklahoma Quilters Guild

The Project: A display featuring nearly 1,000 blocks made from patterns from the Kansas City Star newspaper columns of 1928 through 1961 has been assembled by the Central Oklahoma Quilters Guild.  The complete exhibit includes 41 quilt-sized panels, each containing about 25 individually quilted & bound blocks, plus four quilts made from pattern series.  In 1985 Betty Jo Haines proposed that the guild collect original clippings of the 1,068 patterns published by the Star.  As word spread about the project, original pattern clippings arrived by the bundle.  Each pattern was re-drafted and the quilt block sewn, quilted and bound by a guild member.  As the blocks were completed they were mounted on black felt panels for display.

The Block Collection: The 41 panels of the Kansas City Star Block Collection are arranged chronologically, with the blocks displayed in the same order in which they were originally published.  Blocks containing feed and flour sack fabrics are specially marked, since these materials were widely used by quilters when the patterns appeared in the Kansas City Star.  Every aspect of life was represented over the fifty years the patterns were printed.  Patriotic subjects from World Wars I and II to simple details of everyday life in the Midwest are reflected in such block names as “Many Roads to the White House” and “My Mother’s Apron.”

Display & Rental Information: The 41 quilt-sized panels in the Kansas City Star Quilt Block Collection are available for display at quilt-related events or for educational purposes.  A rental fee of $10 per panel, plus a refundable $200 security deposit. The entire collection of 41 panels may be rented or a lesser number of panels if display space is limited.

Please direct all inquiries regarding rental to:

Kansas City Star Quilt Block Collection
Central Oklahoma Quilters Guild, Inc.
PO Box 270246
Oklahoma City, OK 73137