Friday, July 29, 2011

1930's Quilt Pattern Blocks

Among several finished quilt blocks from a farm auction in north-central Kansas, I found newspaper clippings from the 1930's that contained various quilt block patterns.  Here is some information gathered from PickleDish:

The American Midwest has been dubbed the heart of quilting country, and Kansas City is no exception. In 1928,The Kansas City Star newspaper began printing traditional quilt patterns that would become world famous and remain favorites for generations to come.
The patterns were a weekly feature in The Star or sister publications The Weekly Star and The Star Farmer from 1928 until the mid-1930s, then less regularly until 1961. By the time the last one ran, more than 1,000 had been published in the papers, which circulated in seven Midwestern states as well as North Carolina, Kentucky and Texas.

Not only are the quilt patterns interesting to look at, but the advertising and articles that were included in each clipping are captivating, as well.

I especially got a kick out of the article, "A Missouri Farmer Tried for Keeping 'Boarder Cow.'"

I have several more original newspaper clippings to scan and they will all be available on Etsy.  The link is on the right sidebar.  The clippings are a great piece of history.  Framed, the clippings would look great in a sewing or craft room!

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