Tuesday, November 18, 2014

More From Clara's Garden

KT Winner

Congrats to Allison! You're the winner of last weeks blog giveaway.
  1. My favorite flowers in my garden are the coneflowers. I have over a dozen different kinds and they are all beautiful in their own unique ways. I love the lap quilt! Clara must have been an amazing woman.

Clara's Garden 

If you prefer piecing over applique, this is the project for you. All the blocks are simply 9-patches layered with our wedges cut from a Jelly Roll. This time, we placed them randomly for a scrappier, less planned look. What a great quilt for a wedding or anniversary - rings without the stress! Project included in Clara's Garden booklet (retail $10.95). I also created a wedge template for easier cutting (KT Wedge Template $7.95).

Clara's Raised Bed Garden 72" x 82"

Here's the perfect little table topper using just one of the Clara's Garden blocks. A single 9-patch plus 8 of the layered wedges in the same print make this circular project easy to whip up in just about 3 hours!
Clara's Garden Mini Table Treat 17" Round

Somehow this didn't post last week as expected. I admit I was laying on the beach in Florida while typing, but it looked like it had posted. Sorry I can't send a bit of warm sunshine to each of you. Instead, if you comment here, I'll share a Clara's Garden booklet with the projects above plus last week's and a Jelly Roll to get you started.

I'll be home thru the holidays so watch for more Clara's Garden inspiration next week and our annual 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway in December. So much fun stuff to win!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Introducing.....Clara's Garden

Clara's Garden Debuts at Houston Quilt Market

Over the next few blog posts, I'll be showcasing my newest fabric collection, Clara's Garden. I've recently done some research on our family tree and discovered that Clara was my great, great-grandmother who came to homestead the land across from where we now live. She was widowed on the way to Kansas with 5 small children, but continued onto their planned destination and purchased a good sized parcel of land with her husband's life insurance money. Over the years, her crops were successful and she bought more land. My Dad's farm, my Aunt & Uncle's home/farm and the cabin by the pond where Robert and I live are all on land acquired by this industrious, strong-willed  woman. I remember stories from my Gramma Ethel about Clara's amazing green thumb and the recipes for canning passed down to her. I wish I had known her. Instead, I created a quilt to honor her fortituede and gardening skills, marrying raw-edge applique flowers and my layered patchwork technique in a lap quilt worthy of Clara's heritage

Our signature florals, geometrics and small prints create the classic KT look for warm, inviting quilts for your bed and home decor. Clara's Garden booklet (retail $10.95) offers 5 projects featuring our no-curved-piecing method with layered patchwork. Here's a sampling:

Clara's Garden lap quilt 72" x 72"
 Simple 9-patch blocks and fused raw-edge appliques flower blocks are alternated then layered with a wedge cut from a Jelly Roll with our KT Wedge Template. The wedges are layered and stitched on all four sides of each block to create the circular effect with no curved piecing.
Fresh-Picked Runner

Pick your favorite flower and colorway to whip up a runner in no time at all. I love the plum prints and black-eyed Susan blocks for my Fresh-Picked Runner.

Tune in next week for more of the projects in Clara's Garden. Win a Clara's Garden Layer Cake this week by commenting on your favorite flower in your garden.

Calico Station Quilt Shop, Orange Park, Florida

Come visit me at Calico Station next week, Monday, Nov.10th, for a day of workshops and an evening trunk show. I'd love to share my latest quilts with you! Call Mary at 904-269-6911 for more information and to sign up for all the fun. See you in sunny Florida!

 KT Winner

Congrats to this week's winner:
I don't know if she's my favorite, but I sure do like photos of the fabric by Brenda Riddle that I saw online from Quilt Market. I don't usually sew in those soft colors, but they are very appealing.

I agree! Love Brenda's new line with Moda. And so enjoyed meeting and visiting with her at market. What a delightful lady.Please email us at lynne@ktquilts.com to claim your prize!

Monday, October 27, 2014

My Favorite KT Quilt Contest

KT Winner

Congratulations to Ozark Cajun. You're the winner of a KT Barn Raising pattern & KT Favorites charm pack. Now put that charm pack to good use and win big in our new quilt contest!

My Favorite KT Quilt Contest

I introduced the idea for a KT quilt contest in last week's blog post. I'm already receiving inquiries about what the rules are and what the prizes will be! As my grankids say, "Gramma doesn't have alot of rules, just don't mess with them!"

Here are a few official rules for  My Favorite KT Quilt Contest

1. Make a quilt (or enter an existing quilt) that features any Kansas Troubles' pattern using KT or any other Moda designer's fabric. For example, the Five & Dime quilt from Loose Change made with brights by Sandy Gervais' Pieces From My Heart - OR - Aleece's Charming Stars from Layers of Love with Primitive Gatherings fabric.

2. The quilt must include 1 Moda precut - charm pack, mini charm pack, Layer Cake, Jelly Roll, Honey Bun or Honeycomb.

3. Send a photo of your quilt to lynne@ktquilts.com.  Entries must be received by midnight December 31st. Your submission of a photo gives KTQ permission to publish your quilt on the KT blog site and in future blog posts.

The 3 finalists will be be posted here on Monday, January 5th. You will select the winner by voting in blog comments through January 10th. Winners will be announced on January 12th.

1st place winner will receive a $100 KT gift certificate; 2nd place - $50 KT gift certificate; 3rd place - $25 KT gift certificate. KT gift certificates are redeemable in store or online at ktquilts.com.

For inspiration, this week's giveaway is a new KT Favorites charm pack. Comment on your favorite Moda designer (other than KT) for a chance to win! I can't wait to see all the wonderful quilts!

Monday, October 20, 2014

More KT Favorites - and a Contest!

KT Winner

Congratulations to Nancy E! You're the winner of the KT Dugout pattern last week. Due to some technical difficulties (read as user error), this post is just now being published. I accidentally scheduled it to publish in 2015! Oh well. Does that make me a week behind or a week ahead now???

KT Barn Raising

I love it when a quilt block can be rearranged a dozen different ways for a variety of looks. Classic log cabin blocks work well but there are endless little strips to cut and piece for each block. Our twist on the Five & Dime block is so much easier! The trick is a half light/half dark block for graphic impact. KT's new Favorites collection of precuts has more tan prints than ever to achieve this ratio for more ways to play with the block settings. I love this traditional Barn Raising setting for it's visual appeal and traditional character. Using KT's layered patchwork technique makes construction so fast you can make a different quilt layout for everyone on your list! Our pattern also includes several more options for fast & easy quilts that look technically intricate, but feature the same, simple layered block.

Layer a charm sq. centered on a Layer Cake square -
 light on dark and dark on light.  Stitch, cut diagonally.
Sew a light layered triangle to a dark layered triangle
for the basic block. KT Easy!

KT Barn Raising
72" sq. lap quilt

Furrows setting
72" x 81" lap quilt w/borders

Ins & Outs Queen/King quilt
106" sq. w/borders

There's also a pinwheel variation in the pattern but the possibilities are endless! I'd love to see what you all come up with, too. Send pictures to lynne@ktquilts.com. Hey, that kinda sounds like a challenge - no, a CONTEST! How about sending me pictures of your favorite KT quilt by the end of the year. We'll post our 3 favorites and have you all vote for the winner. See next week's post for all the details. To get you started, win a KT Barn Raising pattern & KT Favorites charm pack by commenting on your favorite fall decorating ideas.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

New Favorites!

KT Winners

Congratulations to Maggey & Jim. You're the winners of last week's Layers of Love book giveaway. I love that you quilt together as a couple. Please share nicely :).

Rustic Stars

Thanks to everyone who fell in love with my Rustic Stars quilt featured on the cover of the October issue of American Patchwork & Quilting. Due to the high demand for kits, we're waiting on Moda to reprint several of the key fabrics in the quilt. The shipment is due mid-November, so please be patient with us. We'll be cutting as fast as we can once the bolts arrive. What a fun Thanksgiving surprise when the mailman drops off your box of goodies!

Layered Patchwork 101

I've had several questions regarding my statement in the Loose Change and Layers of Love books about the layered patchwork technique - "Do not stitch in seam allowance".  By this, I mean to only topstitch the layered piece 1/8" from the pinked or bias edge on the inside of the block, not along the seam allowance, indicated by arrows. You'll be stitching over both layers when adding the next pieces to the block so it is not only duplicate stitching, but could cause puckering along the edge when sewing the blocks together. I try to provide stitching diagrams such as this to clarify where the layered patchwork topstitching is applied. Please email or call if you have questions about any of my patterns/projects.

This simple block is in a new pattern featuring a KT Favorites Jelly Roll called KT Dugout. Moda's bringing back KT Favorites with a collection of favorite prints from past KT lines that blend with everything new. There are 39 prints in the group with 20 of those doubled for precuts  - Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes and Charms. KT Favorites is due to arrive in your local quilt shop in December.

Watch next week for another KT Favorites project featuring a Layer Cake and Charm using our Five & Dime ruler. This week, win the KT Dugout pattern. It would make a really quick and easy holiday gift for someone special with our $25 Christmas Jelly Rolls! 

Monday, September 29, 2014

KT Bernina News

The new bernette Sew Pink Edition sewing machine is available October 1st at KT Bernina. This adorable little workhorse is all dressed in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month. For each machine sold, Bernina will donate $20 to Breast Cancer Research Foundation. This is a great machine for traveling or your newest little quilter. Come in and try one out today!

Robert and I are in TX for a few days visiting his youngest daughter, Jacque, and squeezing the newest addition to the family, Evan, born just a month ago. He must be the most content baby ever since all the pictures we've seen are of him asleep! Can't wait to meet him and see what his big brother, Eli, has to tell us.

To celebrate another grandchild (since Evan missed being in the Layers of Love book by just a few months) we're giving away a Layers of Love book this week. Comment here on grandchildren - yours or in general -to win. I'll have pictures to share of Evan with his eyes open next week!


Monday, September 22, 2014

Paisley Park Preview #4

Day at the Park

Our Paisley Park Preview was happily interrupted by the Moda Love Blog Tour. I hope you all had a chance to visit the other designers' blogs to learn more about their fabric collections and what they all love about quilting. I enjoy discovering a few little secrets about these talented women I see only twice a year at market. So fun!

Now, for the final project from our Paisley Park collection - our Day at the Park charm quilt. For each KT fabric line, I challenge myself to create a simple quilt using just one charm pack plus a couple extra fabrics for a fast & easy project. Whether a wall quilt, table runner or pair of pillows, my charm-ing inspirations provide lots of options for your home decor or gift giving throughout the year. For example, Day at the Park requires a charm pack, mini charm pack plus 2 fabrics for borders - kit price, including pattern, is only $29.88!

The Day at the Park quilt was inspired by a brick path in our favorite park that meanders past flower gardens, fountains and bird baths to a bench hidden under a blooming trellis. A lovely spot for an impromptu picnic lunch. Love it! I could see the brick work as charm squares and took a picture to remind me of it's pattern. Look around you - inspiration is everywhere!

By starting with 2 precuts, your project is half done. Piece traditiional half square triangle blocks from assorted charm squares. Cut a mini charm into fourths, then layer two of those squares on opposite corners of bias squares and stitch. So easy!

Play with the blocks as you're laying them out - there are several ways to create even more designs!

Comment here about your favorite spot for a relaxing lunch (or dinner or snack) to win a Paisley Park charm pack and our Day at the Park pattern. See you next Monday!