Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Soakin' up the Sun

KT Scrap Bag Winner

Congrats to Jodi Connors of Mountain Gurl Quilts. You're the winner of this week's scrap bag giveaway. I have a pile ready to go, just send me your address at lynne@ktquilts.com and you can start stitching!

It's been difficult to sit at the computer, looking out my windows and not go outside to sit in the sun - so I'm not going to fight it. After all, it's a good source of Vitamin D, reduces stress, gives me a little color after a long winter and totally lifts my spirits, so it's all good. I can check out the new strike-offs, edit patterns and figure yardage for a new quilt out on the swing just as easily as inside my studio. The first tulips of spring only bloom for a short time. Don't miss a minute of it.

Token of Friendship

The new Tokens fabric has arrived! Jamie unpacked the boxes a few days ago and made room for all the lovely shades of KT spring prints. Here's another look at the collection:

There are so many great tan prints in this one I used them alot in the Tokens projects. Simple piecing separates the tans to make the stars & pinwheels look like their floating and spinning in between. Love it! The star runner would be great for your spring table - or made up in red/tan/blue would be perfect all summer long. I've gotta try that one, too! Have a special friend you want to make a little something special? Our basket surrounded by easy layered patchwork hearts is the perfect fit.

Do you ever have enough tans? We've put together (20) of our favorite small tan prints and tone-on-tones in precuts - Jelly Rolls, Charm packs and Mini Charm packs. When added to a regular KT JR, Charm or MC, it gives you 30 each of darks and lights. It works great for those projects that require an even number of darks and lights or to make a project larger. Check it out at ktquilts.com under precuts.

The giveaway today is a Tokens of Friendship booklet and assorted fat 1/8's. You just never know what else might jump into the box!  Comment about precuts - love 'em or not, don't know what to do with them, can't get enough of them - I'd love to hear from you. I'm off to WI to the Nancy's Notions Sewing Weekend May 1,2,3. Would love to meet you there. See you back here when I get home.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Spring is Here!

Searching for a Winner

Linda Milward of Minnesota who wrote "K is for Karma..." won a KT Tokens of Friendship fat quarter bundle a couple months ago during the Moda Designer Blog Hop. If you know her, give her a buzz and have her email me to collect her goodies. Otherwise, we'll try to give it away again soon.

Hallelujah! The Tulips are Back!

After many long, cold weeks of winter, spring has finally sprung in Kansas. It's been so hard staying indoors the past couple days with temps in the 70's, hardly any wind and blue skies beckoning me outside. But alas, my sewing machine cord isn't long enough nor my computer wireless, so I've been stuck inside until my work is done, envying the birds and bunnies as they scamper by my window. As soon as the clock strikes quitting time, I'm out the door, trimming the garden beds and planning my next plantings. Budding flowers and green grass and fresh tomatoes and warm sunshine are definitely on the brain.

Paisley Park

Ironically, we're busy photographing Christmas quilts and stitching up quilts for the new fall line for market, Paisley Park. I'm in love with the country-style floral paisley featured in this group surrounded by lots of swirls and dots and more paisleys! We've had such fun creating stars and pinwheels runners and pillows with my layered patchwork technique.

Check back over the next few weeks for a sneak peek of these projects and my new book, Layers of Love, after pictures are completed. So much fun stuff coming up in the months ahead!


Enjoy these beautiful spring days and be inspired to make a quilt. Comment here about spring to win a surprise scrap bag of KT fabrics leftover from half a dozen projects. You never know what you might get!

Friday, March 21, 2014

2014 Designer Mystery BOM with Fat Quarter Shop

Welcome to the third week of Fat Quarter Shop's new 2014 Designer Mystery Block-of-the-Month.  Edyta's delightful Snowbird collection is featured in a dozen stars created by designers Bonnie and Camille, Bunny Hill Designs, Fig Tree Quilts, Kate Spain, Laundry Basket Quilts, Minick and Simpson, Kansas Troubles Quilters, Me and My Sister Designs, Pieces From My Heart, Primitive Gatherings, Sweetwater and V & Co.  Blog posts began on March 7th, continuing on March 14th & 21st (that's me!) with prize winners announced March 28th. Don't miss the fun! 

2013 Designer Mystery Block of the Month<SMALL><SUP>TM</SUP></SMALL> Block of the Month Program

We were each asked to name our block after a special star in our lives. The first person who came to mind was my best friend and partner in business and life - my husband, Robert. So, my block is titled Dear Robert...  Being self-employed in a business such as ours with no guarantees from one line to the next, no paid vacations or health benefits, can be a scary proposition some years. His support and encouragement has never waned. In fact, he gave up a "real" job to join me full time in this crazy world of quilting. With no prior experience with sewing machines, he's taken on a Bernina dealership to sell and repair sewing machines. He's gone to numerous classes, worked many late hours and virtually taught himself how to fix most issues with Berninas from "vintage" to the latest computerized models. In addition to that, we opened a small quilt shop, KT Bernina, featuring KT fabrics and host quilter's retreats on the weekends. He works 10 or more hours a day, 6 days a week and still loves hearing about my day each evening. Although he's partially colorblind, his black/white vision is valuable when it comes to layout, form and contrast when I'm stuck on a design. He totally gets what I do and how my brain seldom shuts off, even when we're on vacation and I need to stop to sketch or make notes for a future project. 

Robert ready to check out a happy shopper.

Enjoying a corn dog at the State Fair for a previous Moda blog post.

My best friend and sweetheart.
Robert is also a great Grampa. We have 8 grankids that love to fish, ride the 4-wheeler and watch sports with Grampa. He loves to tease and make them think he's tough, but they've got him figured out and know he's a softy underneath. In fact, one of the older grankids, Cooper, 13, explained after a really good zinger that he'd learned sarcasm from the best. 

A good example of my dear Robert's thinking is when a tornado last summer came within a mile or two of our store and just sat there for over an hour.The storm trackers were actually parked behind our building for the best view. Robert called to let me know there was a tornado close by and wondered if I was coming into town. I was 2 miles further away from the storm at the cabin, but he insisted I come to where he was so if he died, we'd die together. Is that true love or what?!

After 27 years, we're still learning to communicate more effectively, work together more smoothly and tolerate each others quirks, but there's no one I'd rather laugh and cry with that always has my back. 
Here's to you, Dear Robert....

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Best Friends

Weekend Retreat with Jenny & Lynne

It's not too late! You can still sign up to hang out with your best friend for the weekend with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Co and me. We'll each be teaching a lap size quilt project and sharing a trunk show of our favorite quilts. Jenny will entertain you with a couple more of her fun techniques from her famous tutorials and I'll offer a short wool pincushion workshop. We're staying and playing at the Country Inn & Suites in Salina, KS March 27th-30th. Click here for more details and contact info to join the fun! 

Tokens of Friendship Charm Quilt

Since the Token of Friendship fabric line and booklet of projects is all about friends, I created a simple charm quilt perfect for collecting autographs called Best Friends. Tan triangles are stitched on the 3 corners of each dark charm square for a layered block that's fast & easy. Add a couple (or more, if you have lots of friends!) fused strips for signatures and you're ready for a girlfriend party!

Comment here by March 31st about your best friend for a chance to win the Best Friends charm pattern and a Token of Friendship charm pack. 

Check out the link here for Fat Quarter Shop's new 2014 Designer Mystery Block-of-the-Month featuring Edyta's wonderful Snowbird collection of blues and creams. A dozen stars were created by designers Bonnie and Camille, Bunny Hill Designs, Fig Tree Quilts, Kate Spain, Laundry Basket Quilts, Minick and Simpson, Kansas Troubles Quilters, Me and My Sister Designs, Pieces From My Heart, Primitive Gatherings, Sweetwater and V & Co.  Blog posts were on March 7th and 14th; my post along with Bunny Hill & Me & My Sister are on the 21st with prize winners announced March 28th. Don't miss the fun! 

Friday, February 28, 2014

The Envelope, Please.....

And the winner is... 

Linda Milward of Minnesota who wrote "K is for Karma..." You've won a KT Tokens of Friendship fat quarter bundle.
Susiefloozie is the winner a Tokens of Frienship Jelly Roll. She commented "My favorite K is my kitty." Thanks to both of these ladies for commenting about their favorite K words. Please email your shipping address to lynne@ktquilts.com.

With over 500 comments, there were alot of you who mentioned kindness and kids/grankids. Both excellent words. Kitties was a close third along with a loved ones name that begins with "K" and kitchen and kiss - love that one and it didn't even occur to me when I was writing the blog. I have a pretty terrific hubby, too, and am looking forward to some relaxation in the sun this weekend for our anniversary. Maybe we need to practice the kindness and kisses parts....  :).

As promised, here's a sneak peek of the Tokens of Friendship projects. My good friend, Pam Buda, actually scored the floral print for this collection and new I'd love it. We make pretty good antique shopping partners. This quilt is dedicated to her and all of our quilting friends with baskets of joy, stars of hope, pinwheels of faith, flowers of abundance and hearts of love expressed in fabric.

Tokens of Friendship - king size 108" sq.
Make baskets/stars wall quilt OR baskets, stars, applique, triangles lap quilt. Blocks are easy
using our layered patchwork technique for perfect points and simple piecing.

All five projects are in one booklet for $10.95. I've shown you a few ways to play with the blocks but there are a dozen more you can dream up to create a personalized quilt for your best friend. Thanks so much for all the fun comments. It's great to see new quilters stopping in during the Moda Blog Hop's.
See ya next week! Lynne

Thursday, February 20, 2014


Welcome to KTQ's day of the Spell it with Fabric Blog Hop  

It's time for another Moda Blog Hop. Have you been following your A,B,C's? So here's the deal: each Moda designer was assigned a letter of the alphabet that best represented us and was asked to create the letter with our new spring fabric collections. I pieced a "K" and added a strip of KTQ twill tape. That was easy. So I made a "T" and "Q", too. But then I had alphabet fever and just couldn't stop! I added a few more letters to create a sign for the store advertising our website.It's embellished with odds and ends of sewing notions and trims for a one-of-a-kind sign for ktquilts.com.  
Piece the letters you desire, then embellish with buttons, a zipper, an old buckle, a pair of
vintage scissors, a "U" filled with safety pins and an old tape measure on the "T". 

Spell out anything you wish by stitching up letters and sewing them together in a vertical or horizontal row. How about WELCOME or QUILT or I LOVE YOU. What a delightfully personal gift with someone's name spelled out in fabric! Lissa Alexander of Moda, put all of the letters together to create a one-of-a-kind quilt that you can make, too. Hop on over to the other designer's blog pages for a complete collection of letters, A to Z. Click here for my contribution to the alphabet family.

For Kansas Troubles Quilters, my letter, of course, is K. At first I couldn't think of much that begins with the letter K except Kansas, which is pretty significant in my life. I was born and raised in Kansas and came back here to settle with Robert and KTQ about 13 years ago. We enjoy having our shop/studio in a small town and love living in the country (or, in the wild, as my grandaughter, Delainey claims). Here are few of my favorite K things:

Quilt Block - Kansas Troubles - I've always loved the intricately pieced half square triangles in several sizes that spin and twirl to provide movement and interest in a quilt. This one is made with a variety of KT fabrics.

Food - Kale - Robert and I are trying to eat much healthier swapping pasta for spaghetti squash and ice cream for coconut milk yogurt. We've discovered a great kale salad with edamame, shredded carrots, cashews, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, red onion and pomegranate viniagrette is awesome with or without grilled chicken. 

Favorite Shoes - Keen - I love their patchwork canvas Mary Janes with the rubber toe guard, but my fav for hard work are the 2-strap sneakers in camo. They're komfy, kasual and kool!

Favorite Quotes 
Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground. 
Franklin D Roosevelt

Knowing what you cannot do is more important than knowing 
what you can do.  Lucille Ball

Favorite People - Kids & Grankids- I may be going out on a limb here, but our best times are spent with the kids and grankids for holidays, game days, snow days, any days. I'm working on a new book for late spring that celebrates the Layers of Love in our family with a quilt dedicated to each of the grankids. It's been so much fun taking pictures and having them help name "their" quilts.(Sorry, no pictures, ya gotta wait for the book!)

Karma - If you've been really good lately - sharing fabric with fellow quilters in need or giving up the last yard on a bolt to a friend - you may be rewarded with a fat quarter bundle or Jelly Roll of my new line, Token of Friendship. Comment here on your favorite "K" word.

Tokens of Friendship fat 1/4 bundle and Jelly Roll.
You could be the lucky winners!
Watch for the quilt projects made with Tokens of Friendship on Feb. 27th when winners are announced.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Moda's Spell it with Fabric Designer Blog Hop

Giveaway Winner

Donna is the winner of our sweet giveaway of a KT Honeycomb ruler, pattern & precut. Congrats to you! What an adorable puppy. Too bad they don't stay little for long.

Don't miss the Moda Designer Blog Hop Spell it with Fabric beginning today with American Jane, Bunny Hill & Cotton Way. As always, there will be tons of fun from A to Z and loads of giveaways. Check back here on Feb. 20th for my post about the letter K.