Once upon a time, I belonged to the Olathe Quilter’s Guild in Olathe, Kansas. Every year they had a “Block of the Month” quilt. In 2001, the theme was “Kansas” and featured quilt blocks that related to the history of this state. Most of these blocks were part of the Kansas City Star patterns.
The sunflower in the center is appliqued. The patterns starting in the upper left-hand corner and going clockwise are: Indian Star, Santa Fe Trail, Temperance Tree, Oregon Trail, Kansas Dugout, Prairie Queen, Rocky Road to Kansas, and Weathervane. The quilt is edged by a 4-Rail Fence pattern and appliqued cottonwood leaves in the corners.
I loved this quilt design; I loved the variety of fabrics that could be incorporated into the quilt. This quilt belongs to my parents who celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2002. I pieced the entire quilt; however, my aunt and a dear friend (both of whom are marvelous quilters) helped to finish it.