Kansas and quilting have gone hand in hand since 1854 when Kansas was still a territory. During immigration to Kansas, quilts played a major role in providing comfort to those brave enough to venture west. People brought quilts to the west not only for comfort but as a family tie to relatives back east who had made them.
During travels west it was doubtful women quilted. Simply because of the rough ride and the fact that people walked along with their wagons. This helped the team of horses endure travels over the rolling grasslands of Kansas.
When Kansas became a statehood in 1861, many immigrants settled in log homes and dugouts. quilting became more popular as settlers made Kansas their home.
Leavenworth held the first state fair in 1863. A quilt competition was held for best quilt. County fairs began springing up all over the state with prizes for the best quilts. Prizes were generally two or three dollars for first place.
The Yellow Brick Quilt is a tribute to Kansas, Quilting, and the women of the past, present, and future who make quilts. It symbolizes the common grounds of the people of Kansas and invites people all over the world to stake their claim and be a part of the new frontier, "The Kansas Frontier."
If you wish to be a part of the Yellow Brick Quilt and have your name embroidered on a 4" by 8" quilted brick, please send your check for $15.00 along with the official form to:
Yellow Brick Quilt
P.O. Box 118
Clifton, KS 66937
Attn: Daniel L. Deaver
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