Today’s the day! The Kansas City Star‘s 2014 Quilt Project, Where Poppies Grow…Remembering Almo, is in today’s House + Home section of the paper. Denniele Bohannon (Louanna Mary Quilt Design) and Janice Britz (Bee Merry Farms) introduce us to a young man from Quincy, Illinois, who died while serving as a medic in World War I. The quilt honors Denniele’s great-grandfather, Almo Ebenezer O’Kell.
The family has kept Almo’s photos and letters, excerpts of which accompany each block. Almo’s story is both fascinating and sad. The letters provide an interesting glimpse into a world long-gone.
Today’s link provides a supply list for the entire quilt, and a photo and pattern for the first block, “Father’s Choice.” This is a traditional block with some lovely added details, and is presented in scrappy blues, reds, and greens (surely you have those in your stash, right?). Read more today here until 21 January. The Star will publish the block patterns (and more of Almo’s story) the third Sunday each month in the House + Home section. The block is available as a free download today. After the week is up, you can buy it for $3.95 at The Kansas City Star Quilts Store.
I printed the pattern this morning. Have you gotten yours?