Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Kansas City Star Stencils and a Giveaway

Contest is over and my two winners are:
Ellen M. from Spain (digital copy of the pattern)
Vivian O. from Pennsylvania (CD of pattern and this lovely, embroidered block)

Many thanks to ALL who commented!

More blocks from the Kansas City Star. This is a series called "Quilting Patterns and Motifs" which features 27 quilting motifs from 1930 to 1938. I redrew each of these stencils using Adobe Illustrator. They are NOT scans of the old newspaper clippings.

This is an orphan block I got about 20 years ago when I was an editor with Quilt Magazine. The unknown maker decided to use it for embroidery. Lovely, huh?

Kansas City Star Motif: November 21, 1934
 The pattern fits a 6" square, so you can center it on a larger 12" background fabric:

6" motif embroidered
These can be quilting stencils or embroidery patterns. Your choice. But, what do the other 26 motifs look like? I'm glad you asked.

Here is my pattern cover (front)
Designs #1-16
Here is a closeup of Design 4 (which fits a 10-12" square):


And pattern back:
Designs #17 - 27
Design 26a fits a 3" x 8" space and could easily work as a continuous line stencil for machine quilting.

Motif Design #26a

OK. If I'm going to show 26a then I have to show 26b, right? This also is perfect for a continuous line design. It fits into a 6" space, but could easily be resized (via your printer settings) to make it larger. This is like stitching feathers in a circle. And just think of what you can do in that circle!

Motif Design 26b
What's the GIVEAWAY? Just like last week: the real block as shown here and the CD of all the designs that runs on any computer. Just leave a comment here about this post and you'll be entered to win. And I will choose one international winner also.

Contest is over Friday, October 25 at midnight (EST).

USA residents: CD plus the block. International visitors: digital copy from my Etsy store. I will pick one USA resident and one International visitor.

Thanks for stopping by!

48 comments:

  1. It’s so lovely to see the KCS designs being renewed. I really like the idea of embroidery as quilting.

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  2. I am 85 and would love to have these patterns. They are beautiful. Thank you for all you do for us.

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  3. I have never thought about embroidering quilt designs, what a great idea!

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  4. WOW. I would love to embroider these designs. My Grandmother made a quilt with embroidery designs. No idea what happened to it. But I remember it well.

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  5. I love these vintage designs. . .so glad you are making them ready for us to use. What marvelous embroidery patterns, too!

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  6. Love the designs, good ideas for embroidery!!
    Hoping to win the digital copy!,

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  7. Thank you for the giveaway Debby. I love the designs.They would be so pretty to embroider on a quilt block.

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  8. Well, Debbie! Leave it to you to jolt my imagination! I can see these being used to create "whole cloth" quilts by stitching white on white or lots of other combinations! I am grateful for all you do to get our creative juices flowing!

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  9. such an inspiration to see so many designs! thanks
    shoshana
    s5821140@gmail.com

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  10. I love the idea of turning them into embroidery designs. Gorgeous.

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  11. I love to embroider! What a fabulous idea! Thank you, Susan

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  12. I've started doing embroidery again and wouldn't have thought of using quilting stencils. Clever!

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  13. There are so many things I could do with these stencil!

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  14. These designs are fantastic and what a great idea to use them for embroidery. Thanks for the chance to win the giveaway.

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  15. Kansas City Star Quilting motifs are a reminder of my grandma quilting. This would be a wonderful collection to add to my quilting motifs as a reminder of my grandma. Thanks for giveaway.
    djcutting2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. Vintage and embroidery two of my favorite things.

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  18. I am so fond of vintage quilts and the beautiful hand quilting from back in the day. Using the quilting stencils for embroidery patterns gives me some ideas for future projects. Another generous giveaway - Thanks.

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  19. Love the patterns, good for machine quilting.

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  20. Great patterns. I have some of the Kansas City Star books.

    Caryn
    caspharm@yahoo.com

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  21. I love the idea of taking the quilting design and turning it into an embroidery design! Have a few original patterns, that my grandmother saved, from the Kansas City newspaper when they were printed. May have to look at them again with new eyes.

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  22. Love those designs. Nice that you were able to find those original patterns. They are beautiful.

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  23. What beautiful designs! I love ALL things vintage! So speaks my language! leshsheri@gmail.com

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  24. I love all the beautiful designs. I would enjoy embroidering those flowers.

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  25. Those are so pretty! I really love the embroidered one!

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  26. The designs are beautiful, I am lucky to have a few pieces of older embroidery. That one reminds me of crocus flowers. I am in the U.K.

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  27. I have been interested in the Kansas City Star quilt patterns for some time now. Thank you for sharing these.

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  28. I love the patterns. Would be great to have in my library.

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  29. What a nice trip down memory lane! I'd love to continue the trip ;-) lamujererrante@gmail.com

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  30. The patterns would make lovely quilting motifs.

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  31. Great designs--would be fun to work with them!!
    barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

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  32. Unos bordados o acolchados muy interesantes. Ya los imagino en toda clase de trabajos.

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  33. so looking forward to using this one! thank you for the opportunity

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  34. These designs are wonderful, intricate enough for a small stand alone project! Thank you for the chance to win!

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  35. A retired neighbor taught me to embroider when I was only 9 or 10. I have loved it ever since (and that is a long, long time).

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  36. Thank you for the chance! It says I'm commenting as me, but in case - schnauzermom@gmail.com. :)

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  37. I love this idea. I have used designs printed out from Word to do bobbin work on my machine.

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  38. I am trying again. I was notified that this was blocked for some reason.
    sharonisaquilter@aol.com

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  39. Lovely. Thanks for the opportunity to win as an international follower.
    Bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  40. I would love to embroider these designs

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  41. The block is so pretty and the designs intriguing.

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  42. Lovely Designs. Thanks for the draw. I am from Canada. raydeer@memlane.com

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  43. I replied on your second email about this, and now, since it technically says to reply on THIS post, I figured I had better not take a chance! Those patterns are too nice to let a chance slip away by replying on the wrong post! :-) Thanks for the chance to win!!
    Blessings,
    Vivian Oaks (wvoaks at comcast dot net)

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  44. Wow, that's beautiful. Thank you for the giveaway

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