Friday, June 28, 2013

Sunflower Quilt Block

I found this 12" Sunflower block in the book Happy Birthday Kansas! by Linda Frost and published by Kansas City Star Books.  It's the ninth block of my Irish Great-Grandpa Sampler Quilt. 

While my maternal grandmother was still in high school, she interviewed her father, James Lynch, at the urging of her older brother Will, who was living in China at the time.  (Read his letter to her here.)  Later, she wrote a biography of her father from the notes she'd taken during the interview.  Following is the ninth part of this biography: 

"James stayed in Illinois until November 1867 when he went to Kansas after getting letters from former neighbors.  One neighbor was Mr. Phelps, who had bought the farm later known as the Shepherd farm and after that the Kaniper Place.  The other neighbor was Mr. Cunningham, who owned the farm right across the road from where James later built his house.  In later years, James bought that farm, and it was my brother Carl's home.

"These neighbors had written to him that he could buy cheap land in Kansas.  He took the train to Topeka and the stage to Burlingame and visited these friends.  He bid on and bought 134 acres at four dollars per acre.  He then went to live with his younger brother Thomas (who lived between Lawrence and Lecompton) and worked there that winter to get money to farm with."

  - by Hazel Lynch Skonberg, James Lynch's daughter

 Are you interested in reading more about this quilt?  You'll find it all right here.

You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post here.


  1. That is the most beautiful sunflower quilt block I have ever seen! It would be perfect framed as a picture--for Kansans or anyone.

  2. I love that block. I lived in Topeka for 6 months when I was little.

  3. I agree that is the best sunflower block I have seen anywhere.
    I love the story connection too.

  4. This version of my sunflower block is fabulous! I am honored to be a part of your quilt.

  5. What a wonderful sunflower block!!

  6. The colors and design are fabulous! How fun for the designer to comment!

  7. Where is the pattern for this sunflower block and the other one posted previously? Is it only available in a book? If so where do I purchase it?

    1. Terri, if you read the blog post, I have included the pattern source. It's only available in this book from Kansas City Star.


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