Thursday, October 1, 2015

Sunflower Song in the House!

KT Winner

Congratulations to Janan Doster. You're the winner of the Sunflower Song fat eighth bundle. Precuts and yardage have been arriving all week (we LOVE our UPS guy!) Now to cut kits and post all these goodies to our webpages.

Fall is Here

I. Love. Fall. 

The weather is perfectly gorgeous here in Kansas - cool sunny days made for throwing open all the doors & windows, chilly nights just right for cuddly under my newest quilts. Time to decorate with pumpkins and mums - or mumpkins, if you please!

 I've wanted to plant a mum in a pumpkin for several years but never got around to doing it. After cleaning out the pumpkin, you need to spray it inside and out with a sealer so the gourd lasts more than a few days. So much easier to walk into the greenhouse and choose from half a dozen mumpkins already complete! Score!

It's always fun to search the piles of gourds and pumpkins for the just the right sizes and shapes to make a stack like this one. Now I want at least one more stack for the front porch at the cabin. I might be developing a pumpkin/mumpkin addiction!

Here's what it looks like all together in front of Kansas Troubles Quilt Shop. We have a group of retreat ladies coming in this weekend so we're sprucing up the place a bit. (At least I packed away all the red/white/blue and got out some leaves and fall stuff. :)

Notice the lap quilt in the chair?

 It's a new favorite I'll be teaching in a series of online tutorials for Quiltmaker next year called Mini Barn Raising. Learn my Layered Patchwork technique while making 3 projects. Watch here for more info.

The pillows are from our book, Crazy for Pillows with 6 different pillow sleeves that can be changed for the seasons. It's my new favorite way to decorate!

The sequel to in the "Crazy" series is coming soon. Watch for pictures in the next few weeks.

This week's KT blog giveaway is a Sunflower Song charm pack. Comment here on your fall decorating favorites for a chance to win.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Time Flies

KT Winner

Congratulations to Redfinch in FL, you're the winner of the Heartfelt pile of scraps. I've added to it since I posted the prize so hope you enjoy!

Catching Up

I can't believe it's been several weeks since I've posted! One blog post was supposed to pop up automatically, but it didn't (user error, for sure). Old news now, so I'll just start from scratch.

I definitely over planned my summer. With weeks full of grankids, traveling to teach, preparing for video tutorials, cleaning my studio for said videos, quilters coming for retreats, and unexpected happenings that are sure to crop up in everyone's life, it's been a crazy 3 months. Whew! Now, we're primping the shop for the arrival of Sunflower Song this month.  I'm so excited to get my hands on more of this new fabric collection. I love sunflowers! They're in bloom all around us right now, so the inspiration is everywhere. My Mom collects sunflower stuff for her great room where we all gather for holidays. When she heard about my new fabric, with sunflowers, she requested a table runner to fit the 3- 8ft. long tables end-to-end that we use for meals. No problem. She's so hard to buy for I appreciate any suggestions, especially if they're quilting related. After calculating the length needed, though, I figure it'll take me a month of Sundays just to bind it! Oh well, she very seldom asks for something specific, so I'm relieved that Christmas for Mom is in the bag. Just hope I get it done before then!

Here's another look at the new Sunflower Song fabric collection and what we've whipped up so far.

This is a chart of all 40 of the prints in Sunflower Song. I post these swatch charts on my website for each fabric collection. You're welcome to print them for shopping reference, if desired.

Sunflower Song - queen quilt. Jamie says we have a couple more spots available for our 6-month BOM that begins in November. Just sayin'...

I LOVE this little charm quilt! It makes such a happy wall quilt with just a charm pack and 3 fabrics.

A lap quilt, runner and pillow sleeve are included in the booklet, Sunflower Song, along with the queen size quilt above. Lots of options to coordinate your home decor projects.

We've also been busy in at Kansas Troubles Quilt Shop & Emporium, meeting quilters from all over the country stopping by to check things out, hosting retreats and welcoming bus tours from quilt guilds for a demo/retreat tour/shopping day. So much fun! Here's one of our latest retreat groups from NE, some of the happiest KT fans ever! Thanks, ladies!

Are you lovin' Sunflower Song? Comment below to win a fat 1/8 bundle of the complete collection (as soon as it arrives!). Hope to see you again next week!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Another Memorable Trip

KT Winner

This week's winner of Aleece's 20-pack KT Jelly Roll is Carol Feye. Please email us at to claim your goodies.

Traveling with Great Helpers

Our oldest grandaughter, Aleece, accompanied Robert and I on our latest KT trip. Aleece was in that last-week-before-school-so-there's-no-day-camp dead zone and usually comes to stay with us. We look forward to her helping in the store and watching what her latest crafting craze is from adding rhinestones to flip flops to painting a t-shirt to stitching up bags for her friends from the scraps the retreaters left. She loves to create and I love to encourage it! A trip to Hobby Lobby or Michael's is always on the agenda, as well. This year, I happened to have a working trip that week, so Aleece was naturally going to come along and help. When we were loading the car, she told Grampa "You know, Gramma and I can probably handle this ourselves if you need to stay home and work." Really??? He told her if she could load the car by herself, it was a deal. Needless to say, the large suitcases filled with quilts outweighed her, so Aleece decided Grampa was a vital part of the trip. I later found out the main reason she wanted to come with me alone was so she could sit in the front seat! Until she can help drive, Grampa's coming along, too.

Our first stop was at the Kankakee Quiltmakers of IL guild meeting where we shared quilts and stories in a trunk show. Aleece had a great time holding quilts, selling KT product and counting the money. The glasses were a Claire's purchase to make her look cool and smart. Note the t-shirt!

The next day, a dozen or so quilters started on their 30-Something quilts, using our unique layered patchwork technique. Here's a peek at some of the wonderful color combos in progress.
Classic KT red/tan/navy - gotta love it!
Adore these black/white/gold stars. Check out the way the shirting stripe circles the block. So cool!

The corner white stripe squares are cut on the bias so they won't unravel, then layered/stitched on top of the background square. I makes the block assembly so easy but looks so totally amazing!
Such cheery stars in shades of purples and plums.
The whole bunch of quilters with a whole bunch of stars! Excellent job, ladies!
 When our class was over and good-byes were said, we were on the road again to Wabash, IN. Cheryl Ross, owner of Heaven on Earth Quilt Shop, hosted a lovely day in Roann, IN at the Community Center. I shared my quilts with the ladies, we were treated to a delicious chicken dinner (with special cupcakes for Aleece's birthday!) and a Crazy for Pillows workshop in the afternoon.
Aleece had alot of fun visiting with the quilters and offering advice on my layered patchwork method.

Here I am doing what I did most of the afternoon - chat and sign books. My favorite part of a workshop!
We headed back to Kansas Saturday evening in hopes of making it to Kansas City in time for a special dinner on Sunday for Aleece's REAL birthday with her parents. Her breakdown of the week? Four states in 5 days; 4 nights in motels with 4 really fun pools/hot tubs; really nice ladies that wanted to constantly touch her curly hair; getting to eat anywhere she wanted; listening to an awesome book in the car; getting paid for being such great help. Sounds like a good trip to me, too!

I'll be gone most of next week to a retreat with  other designers so I'll get to sew. Wahoo! So check in September 1st-ish for all the latest KT news and happenings. Tell me about your favorite retreat experiences to win a bag of Heartfelt scraps I found when rearranging my sewing area. My find is your gain! Have a great end of your summer.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

More fun with grankids

KT Winner

Congrats to Abbigail - you're the winner of the Layers of Love book. Enjoy!

Loved hearing about all your summer adventures. Please email me at for your input on future blog themes. What do you want to know about KTQ? What do you look for in a blog post? What is your dream giveaway? Your comments matter!

Jenny/Lynne Cruise Update

If you're interested in joining Jenny Doan of Missouri Star and me for a week long quilting cruise in January 2017, don't delay. The cruise is more than half full. Check out my previous blog post on the cruise for contact info and call today!

 It's the Girls' Turn for Fun

Cousins Delainey, 9, (Cooper's little sister) and Aleece, 11, had a great time yesterday celebrating their birthdays together. Delainey's birthday is in June, while Aleece's is this week. This is the first time all summer they've both been available (when I've been home) for an art class. We started with lunch at Olive Garden, including the dark chocolate mousse cake for dessert. Then on to Rebecca Jane's for a fun tutorial on how to paint on glass and decorate these cute gumball holders. Such a fun store full of vintage treasures - check out the shoes! Shopping for "fun" school supplies - no boring yellow pencils in these book bags! -  and clothes rounded out the day. A girls day out is such a treat!

On the Road - Again

Robert and I are hitting the road again this week to travel to the Kankakee Quiltmakers of IL Quilt Guild for their program Thursday evening and an all day workshop Friday featuring the 30-Something quilt from Layers of Love. On Saturday, we're venturing on to Wabash, IN to Heaven on Earth Quilt Shop for a trunk show and mini class on the Crazy for Pillows book. We'd love to see you there!

KT Giveaway

Aleece is our helper this week, toting suitcases and holding quilts to make a few bucks for some binge shopping at Claire's. Her giveaway this week is an assortment of KT Jelly Roll strips. One of her jobs when she visits the shop is to put together 20 different JR strips in assorted colors/prints. She takes her job very seriously, earning 50 cents per roll. She's selected a JR 20-pack for this week's winner who comments on back to school - for it or against it? :) That's the mind of an 11-yr-old dreading the end of summer vacation. Gotta love it! I'm sure there are some teachers out there who would agree!

Monday, August 3, 2015

On the Road with Cooper

KT Winner

Congrats to Cheryl Barkdoll. You're the winner of this week's giveaway - a Sunny Trio charm pattern and Sunflower Song fabric scraps. Please email Jamie at to claim your stuff.

Row X Row Experience

This is Kansas Troubles Quilt Shop's first year with the Row x Row Experience. We've enjoyed seeing lots of new faces and seeing all the beautiful rows that have been coming through this summer. Just a week ago, Wendy Hanus of Salina, Kansas stopped in to show us her completed Row X Row quilt. For being first, she won a KT fat quarter bundle. Congrats to Wendy! Thanks for sharing your quilt with us.
I'm afraid my row of country windmills (upper left row) is a bit dark for the rest of Wendy's quilt. Thanks for including KT fabrics in your wonderful quilt!

Up North

Robert was taking care of the store this week so my second favorite travel buddy, 14-yr-old grandson Cooper, came with me to Michigan. We splashed it up at Zehnder's waterpark in Frankenmuth, MI, then went to play work with the quilters from Pieces and Patches Quilt Guild in Jackson, MI. What a delightful group of ladies! They stitched up a storm - and many of them finished!- their Clara's Garden Fresh Picked runners.

This was Cooper's idea of a self portrait. Teenage humor?


 We traveled on to Pinconning, MI to my new favorite quilt shop, Bittersweet. Owner, Tina Bauer, has turned a quaint old church into a quilter's paradise with a wonderful mix of fabric, antiques and collectibles to warm your heart. She and her staff went above and beyond to make Coop and I feel welcome, insisting Cooper use her retreat space to take a nap or just hang out and use the wifi. Really? A nap? He was supposed to be working! :) After six days (and a few long nights) on the road, we arrived home in Kansas to triple digit heat. I think we were both ready to move to Michigan!


Terry Schloss from the Oshkosh Quilt Guild shared her winnings at their local quilt show. She won 3rd place for her Seedlings pillow sleeve (a project she made in my workshop while there earlier this summer) only because her fabulous 3/8" hex mini quilt took 1st place with rave reviews. I would say so! It's stunning! Thanks for sharing your pictures, Terry. And congratulations on being a two-time winner.
Seedlings Pillow Sleeve (KT pattern)

Terry's 3/8" hexs - awesome!

 KT Giveaway

 This week's giveaway is Cooper's favorite KT product, our Layers of Love book with his Cooper's Crossing quilt. A Layer Cake and Jelly Roll play together nicely to create an intricate looking block and border simply using our Layered Patchwork technique. Now that Cooper's learned all about this method, he's ready to make a quilt of his own! He was even signing books in MI. What a hoot!

Comment here about your summer musings to win a Layers of Love book. I'll check back in next week.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Cruisin' with Jenny 2017

Cruisin' with Jenny Doan

Blue seas and sunny days are on the horizon again as Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Co. fame and I announce another fabulous cruise experience for 2017 -  Jenny/Lynne Cruise 2017  . Both of our 2016 cruises sold out in record time, so if you're interested, please contact the cruise director noted in the attached information. We are so excited to hang out together again, teaching classes and visiting with all of the quilters. If you've never gone on a quilting cruise, this is your opportunity to do it all - make 2 lap quilts and  2 small projects, visit interesting ports of call, enjoy top notch entertainers (in addition to Jenny and me!) and laugh til your face hurts. Call your quilting friends and make it happen!

Me & My Stitches by Julie Letvin

Another one of my favorite designers is Julie Letvin of Me & My Stitches. When I first met Julie, I thought she was totally off her rocker, paper piecing tiny, tiny quilt blocks to frame for jewelry. Even if she was short a few stitches, it did not preclude me from falling for, drooling over and collecting her unique quilt charms. KTQ is now partnering with Julie to offer these adorable charms to you in KT fabrics. How cool it that? Her Charming 4 Club begins soon, so don't delay. Quantities are limited.

Travels with Cooper

As you read this, I'll be at the Pieces & Patches Quilt Guild in Jackson, MI or in Pinconning, MI at Bittersweet Quilt shop, July 27 and 28th. Robert is home minding the shop, so grandson Cooper, 14, is my trusty assistant. He hauls suitcases, holds, folds and packs quilts, helps sell product and LOVES counting money. We're hoping to have an extra day or two to see the sights of Michigan and enjoy some cooler weather. Check in next week for an update on our trip and a special giveaway of Coop's choosing. 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Still Hot, Hot, Hot

KT Winner

Congrats to ljeanne - you're the winner of the KT scrap bag. Please email Jamie at to claim your goodies.

Summer Musings

Why is it we say "Baby, it's cold outside" in the winter, but "Man, it hot" in the summer? Are baby's cold and men hot? Maybe a few. I know my husband sweats profusely the instant he walks out the door. Maybe that's not the kind of hot they mean? Oh well, it's one of the top 10 hottest summers on record here in Kansas. The 100+ heat started in June and is running our little A/C to the brink trying to keep up. We traveled to Estes Park, CO over the 4th of July with family to cool off a bit in the mountains. It was a pleasant respite, but coming home to the heat was almost worse after relishing delightfully chilly evenings.

My plan was to do some major re-organizing in my studio and catch up on some "want to" instead of "have to" sewing this summer. In reality, every time I try to organize I have more piles and very little play sewing done between work, vacation and grankids coming and going. I guess I'll move that little chore to my winter to-do list.

Sunflower Song Coming Soon

September may seem a long way off during the heat of July, but it will be here before we know it. I'm finalizing the patterns for the Sunflower Song projects, having pictures taken and patiently awaiting fabric so we can start cutting kits for our 6-month BOM. Would you like to make the Sunflower Song (96" x 110") queen quilt along with me this fall/winter? KT is offering this beautiful quilt as a 6-month project. In addition to your monthly kit, receive an exclusive email from me each month featuring tips and tricks for making the blocks with our layered patchwork method. Six-month Sunflower Song program includes all fabric for quilt top & binding, Sunflower Song booklet, KT Melon Template & buttons. $45.95/per for 6 months, shipping included. Coordinating thread pack optional. You may also purchase the quilt kit all at once. Begins November 2015. Don't wait to sign up! Kits are limited (only a few spaces left!). Call Jamie today at 785-488-2120.  

KT Giveaway

I kinda have a thing for sunflowers and incorporate them into my summer decorating scheme when I can. Here are a few ways I enjoy sunflowers in our home.

A vintage architectural piece re-imagined into a window box corrals a display of sunflower plates, a bouquet in an old jar and some favorite old books. I like that items can be easily changed for the seasons but the entire display is also quickly moved when guests come for dinner.
This 40" square canvas print hangs in my studio year 'round. I love the sepia tones. It brightens up a dark corner and provides inspiration.


To bring some sunflowers into your home, the giveaway this week is a bundle of Sunflower Song scraps and the new Sunny Trio charm pattern. Comment here by next Tuesday (I'm really going to try to get back on schedule) on your summer decorating favorites.