Kansas Celebration Quilt

Feb 2, 2012


January 2011, Kansas celebrated 150 years. It was at that time the McPherson Museum and Arts Foundation launched a memorial quilt project to commemorate the anniversary for the McPherson community. This project would take a year to complete, and some very dedicated people's hard work. The quilt was displayed Sunday, January 29, 2012 on Kansas' 151st birthday at Stitches Quilt Shop on Main Street.
Some of the donor blocks on the quilt.
The quilt's blocks were donated by people, organizations and businesses in the McPherson community. It is meant to be a snapshot of life in McPherson during 2011. The quilt will be shown each year on Kansas Day, or other occasions when appropriate, after the building of the new McPherson Museum that should be complete in 2013. The Museum will preserve the quilt when it is not being shown. The quilt raised more than $5,000 for the Museum.

LaQuita Geis standing with the quilt.There was a dedicated committee ensuring the integrity of the quilt's design. They provided the guidelines and advice to quilt participants to make sure the quilt could be preserved for generations to come. The committee included Janet Yowell, owner of Stitches; Donna Burke, member and representative of the McPherson Quilt Guild; Carla Barber executive director of the McPherson Museum and Arts Foundation; and Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Loyd's very own LaQuita Geis, who is also an avid quilter. Janet, Donna and LaQuita helped create blocks for the quilt while Karin O'Reilly did the quilting and and Bill Snyder with Seams Unlimited did most of the embroidery of the quilt blocks.

Please help us in thanking LaQuita and the rest of those involved in the quilt making process. This unique piece of history will be something we can enjoy for years to come and remind us what life was like here in 2011. It is hard to believe that 2011 will someday be, "so long ago."