Friday, September 12, 2014

Moda Designer Blog Hop winners....

Great Girlfriend Getaway
I've been in Mackinaw City, MI with Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts this week playing with 30 fellow quilters at a KT/Heartspun Retreat. What a wonderful bunch of ladies from all over the Midwest. We had such a great time watch for info on another retreat in 2015. Our husbands came with us to work/play so we're celebrating with a getaway of our own to Mackinaw Island. It's so beautiful here I've barely noticed the chilly temps! More horse drawn taxis rides, shopping, great food and the butterfly garden tomorrow before heading back to reality.

Thanks to all of you who stopped by my blog and commented.  Check in each week for more KT news & giveaways. Now for the winners!
Paisley Park fat 1/4 bundle - Gloria.
PPark Layer Cake - Paula from Hudson, FL
PPark Jelly Roll -
PPark Honeybun - Lovetostitch
PPark honeycomb - quiltonia
PPark charm #1 - Beth Beal
PPark charm #2 - Connie.

Paisley Park is on its way to a quilt shop near you. Get yours now before it's all gone!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Moda Love Designer Blog Tour

Welcome to the Moda Love Blog Tour!

Each day you've been able to visit 3 different Moda designer's blogs for inspiration, giveaways and lots of Moda Love. Sensing a theme here??? Today's fellow Moda designers are the delightful and whimsical Bunny Hill and the extraordinarily talented and lovely Deb Strain. I can't wait to see what their Moda Love brings.

For me, after almost 15 years with Moda, the respect for Mark Dunn and his family company continues to grow. He is an outstanding businessman with a generous spirit and inspires us all to do our best work. But it's Lissa Alexander, Director of Marketing, that makes all the fun happen. Her ability to bring dozens of designers from all over the world together is incredible! She's the inspiration behind Moda Love and had a few questions for each of us:

When did you fall in LOVE with quilting/textiles?
It must have been a genetic thing since my Mom claims I complained about polyester blend sheets and scratchy blankets from the very beginning. Soft, cotton, natural fabrics have always been my first choice. My Gramma Ethel showed me how to make Barbie clothes by hand and had quilts on her beds. Her first love, however, was rug hooking. There were rugs everywhere in her house! I had access to her scrap bags of cottons, wools and buttons for doll clothes. Hand-stitching instilled in me the love of petting the textiles as I worked, enjoying the smoothness or texture of the various fabrics. A couple of treasured quilts from her mother inspired me to make my own quilts from new fabrics that looked old. Now, I have cupboards full of vintage quilts and quilt tops just waiting to be made into new KT fabrics!

What fuels you to create?
When I'm stuck and haven't had an original thought in days, I go shopping! Antique quilts and textiles (actually anything old and worm) inspire me to design. Sometimes I just go into my stash of old quilts and take out a pile to explore for new fabric prints and something about it always gets the creative juices flowing. Living in the country is always inspirational as well, with the changing colors of the seasons, the foliage and flowers changing outside my studio window, the wildlife that visit and call for me to come sit with a glass of iced tea on the porch to watch. I guess slowing down, breathing it all in and loving every minute of what I do is the fuel that keeps me going.

I love the color....RED.
Red is full of life, energy and possibilities. It's in virtually every fabric line I create and is a staple in my home decorating schemes year round.

I get shaky knees when... I find a gorgeous antique quilt/fabric - OR when my husband, Robert, kisses me.

When I teach workshops, I love...the quilters!
I learn so much from everyone I interact with at a workshop - their lives, their friendships and the fun that comes from a shared passion for quilting. Since I work by myself, I enjoy the stories, feedback and support of quilters all over the country. Here's a group of delightful ladies from a workshop at Patchwork Garden in Buffalo, NY.

What is your all time favorite Moda precut?
It's so hard to choose, but I'd have to say Charms because they play so well with all of the other precuts. I collect all the Moda designer's charms when traveling to quilt shops just for fun. That means I also have to search for antique boxes, tins and baskets that are the perfect size for holding all those charm packs. Win/Win! I use precuts in almost every quilt I design because I love to have my quilt ready to start sewing without alot of tedious cutting. They also work well with my layered patchwork technique AND you get an instant fabric collection in a beautiful little bundle. Gotta Moda LOVE it!

These are all Moda charm packs by the various designers -
and not a one is KTQ! Now I'm hooked on collecting mini charms, too!

Each of the Moda designers made a quilt from the same basic pattern with their new fabric collections. Here's my Moda Love quilt featuring a Paisley Park Layer Cake. Find the instructions for using a Layer Cake, charm or mini charm at Moda Love Layer Cake Quilt.

Now here's the good stuff! Comment here to win one of these awesome Moda precuts.
Check back for the list of winners on each of the designer's blogs on September 13th.  Good Luck!
A chair full of goodies - Moda's precut charms, Honey Bun,
 Jelly Roll, Honeycomb and a bundle of fat 1/4's.
Don't miss a chance to win!
The quilt behind the little red chair is our Rustic Star quilt from the October issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine. We haven't even received Paisley Park fabric yet and are almost sold out of kits! If you're interested, call Jamie today to reserve your very own Rustic Stars kit. 785-488-2120.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Paisley Park Preview Week #3

KT Winners

Forgot to announce last week's winner of the Paisley Party pattern & Jelly Roll. Congrats to Ann X. And for this week's winner of the Perfectly Paisley pattern & Layer Cake, congratulations to Mia's Cottage. Please send mailing info to

Prim Pinwheels

Have you ever fallen in love with a block or a quilt that has a dozen seams and you break out in a rash just thinking about piecing it? Then, your blocks come out less than perfect and it's difficult to keep them flat and square? That's why I LOVE my layered patchwork technique. It simplifies traditional pieced blocks by eliminating some of the seams and pressing that can distort and cause lumps in your blocks. Our Prim Pinwheels quilt is the perfect example of that theory. Instead of pesky y-seams and lots of lumpy seam allowances in each block, I've layered triangles over precut Jelly RollTM strips for dimensional, primitive pinwheels that are so easy to make!
Intricate looking pinwheels made easy with layered patchwork
and Jelly Roll strips. A JR + 3 fabrics is all you need to create
a huggable lap quilt for someone on your list. 

Layer triangles over JR strips; stitch. Piece pairs together, then 4 of a kind.
Layer quarter cut triangles to each side for easy diamonds/pinwheels
 that lay flat and measure the correct size.

Comment here to win a Prim Paisley pattern and a Jelly Roll to get you started!

Moda's Designer Blog Hop continues! Come back Wednesday for KTQ's day of the hop. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Paisley Park Preview Week #2

Paisley Park Fabric to arrive soon!

We listen for the rumbling of the UPS truck each day, waiting for boxes and boxes of Paisley Park to arrive on our doorstep. It can't be long now! As soon as the precuts arrive, we'll be kitting up some of the projects from the Layers of Love book and our Paisley Park patterns. This week, take a peek at Perfectly Paisley, a galaxy full of layered patchwork stars dancing amidst traditionally pieced 9-patches. A Layer CakeTM, background and 3 borders is all you need to create this 
My layered patchwork method makes star points simple and
dimensional with no chance of cutting off points. Start with a
Moda precut Layer CakeTM for a whole fabric collection in one
 neat package. 

We've layered triangles cut from squares & rectangles on top of the
 tan background rectangle to create perfect star points. Just stitch
about an 1/8" from the bias edges of the triangles for the star center &
star point units. Piecing is totally simplified with fewer seams, less
pressing and less chance of distorting your base block. That means
a more square block and more perfectly pieced paisley quilt!

To win a Perfectly Paisley pattern & Paisley Park Layer Cake, comment here on the layered patchwork technique - thumbs up, thumbs down, want to try it. I'm eager to hear your thoughts. 

Moda's Designer Blog Hop starts tomorrow! Don't miss a single day of designer inspiration, new product previews and tons of giveaways! The first designers up are Janet Clare Designs, Kate Spain, and Thimbleblossoms. I'll be up on September 10th. See you then!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Paisley Park Preview

Paisley Park is Just Around the Corner!

Here at KTQ, we're anxiously awaiting the arrival of my newest fabric line, Paisley Park. It's featured in the Rustic Stars quilt on the cover of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine and in several projects we're offering starting with Moda's precuts. The rich autumn hues and paisley prints are the perfect mix for your home and holiday gifts.  Here's a look at one of my favorites using just one Jelly RollTM - Paisley Party.

Grab a Jelly RollTM and transform your strips into 3 great projects to give
 or keep! Two runners and a pillow sleeve make playing with precuts
a breeze. The warm, rich colors provide the perfect backdrop
for your table centerpiece in our  Paisley Border runner. The flip 'n sew,
quilt-as-you-go method make it fast & easy, too! Embellish with
paisley applique, pick your own motif, or leave it plain for
year-round appeal.

I love the feature fabric in my Paisley Park collection
so much I turned it into an applique motif.
 Light JR strips are the background for Bloomin' Paisleys.

Leftover strips from the runner stitched together to make a simple pillow
 sleeve with panache. OR, piece 3 pillow sleeves from one JR to share. 
Love paisley parints? Comment here to win a Paisley Party pattern & Jelly Roll. You'll be well on your way to a trio of delightful accents for your home.

 Watch for the Moda Designer Blog Hop beginning September 3rd for piles of giveaways from all your favorite Moda designers!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Kansas Troubles Fans Create Beautiful Quilts

KT Brag Book

I receive many pictures of quilts using KT fabrics and others using my patterns with a totally different color pallette - I love them all! Please send your KT project pics to me at and I'll post them on my blog in the future. Here are a few I've received lately.....
My Rustic Stars quilt is a hit! Moda has agreed to reprint that yummy
navy paisley border so we can make even more kits.
But don't delay, call today, because we'll have to stop soon!

This is Cheri Tye's version of my Rustic Stars quilt on the cover of APQ
magazine (October issue). Oh. My. Goodness! I love how modern it looks
in creams/teals and that gorgeous brown border. And she just started
 it a couple weeks ago after staying at the KT Retreat. Great job, Cheri!

Closeup view of Cheri's blocks/border.

Randy Kooken shared these 3 cool KT Jelly Roll projects for his bedroom.
I love that he took up quilting to share a hobby with his wife.

Jane Licata made this delightful red/tan/blue version of Aleece's
Charming Stars from my new book, Layers of Love.
A charm & mini charm from Minick & Simpson was the
inspiration. Love it, Jane!

For all you applique addicts out there, how about this beauty by
Gina Blanchard. Wow! What a lovely quilt, Gina. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks to all the quilters who shared their quilts with us. So inspirational! Check in next week for all the new Paisley Park projects and Moda's Designer Blog Hop coming up in September.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Flash Sew & Quilt Cruise with Jenny & Lynne

Cruisin' with Jenny & Lynne

Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Co. and I are thrilled to offer a 7-day quilting cruise in January 2016. I know it sounds like a long way off, but we all need to mark our calendars and make reservations so we don't miss a thing! Our cruise sponsor shop is Flash Sew & Quilt in Naples, Florida. Check out all the fun at
Flash Sew and Quilt Cruise with Jenny & Lynne. We'll each be teaching an all day & half day class with kits, patterns, and goodies galore plus a trunk show of our favorite quilts & projects. Put your sailor cap on and hop aboard - we're ready for some fun in the sun next year!