National Quilt Museum to Host Edie McGinnis Quilts
The Kansas City Star is a newspaper with a tradition of printing traditional quilt patterns. The patterns and quilts have become world famous - in large part due to the passion of quilter and The Star employee, Edie McGinnis. During the time she worked at The Star she became a devoted advocate for reviving the quilt patterns that ran in the paper from 1928-1961. This September, the National Quilt Museum (NQM) in Paducah is hosting McGinnis’ quilts. This exhibit will run from September 7 - December 4. 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 they appeared 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. Since then, The Star, under the brand Kansas City Star Quilts, has published more than 100 quilt books, printed a variety of stand-alone quilt blocks, helped produce a fabric line, introduced dozens of new patterns, and in general has re-established the historic “Star Quilts” brand in an ever-growing business. They sell books not only to quilters, quilt shops and distributors in the United States, but abroad as well – in Australia and Canada, and throughout Europe. For more information on this fabulous exhibition please visit, quiltmuseum.org.