I fell in love with this quilt when I first saw it in McCall’s Vintage Quilts (Fall, 2002). It was made with feedsacks and I loved them. Also, since I grew up in Oklahoma and Kansas, the name appealed to me. My older sister gave me a few feedsack scraps, but I wanted more….lots more. Fortunately, there are quite a few collectors who sell assortments of 6″ squares so I started purchasing these at quilt shows, web sites and ebay. The quilt required over 1,000 of the elongated hexagon pieces. I didn’t manage to collect quite that many, and since I am the impatient type, I substituted some other vintage fabrics that I thought suited the quilt. Because of all the set-in pieces, this quilt was hand pieced and then hand quilted inside each piece. I don’t usually copy quilts exactly the way I did here (although my blocks are quite a bit smaller), but I just had to use a purple. It may be my most garish quilt — I didn’t pay too much attention to matching colors or anything — but I like the look.

Kansas Dugout
Martha Dellasega Gray, 2003
hand pieced, hand quilted
70″ x 80″

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McCall’s Vintage Quilts
Fall, 2002
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