Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Hot in Kansas

KT Winner

Congratulations to jwilli - you're the winner of this week's bundle of KT binding scraps. Please send your mailing address to lynne@ktquilts.com and Jamie will mail them right out. Thanks to everyone for commenting. I truly enjoy reading all of your thoughts (and poems!).

Hot, Hot, Hot

You've heard of Hot in Cleveland? Well, I'm not hot like Betty White, but the heat here this week is making my skin melt. Normal temps for Kansas in June are mid-80's to maybe an occasional 90 degree day. Still plenty cool in the mornings and evenings to work in the garden or take a walk. This week, it's registering upper 90's to 100 on the thermometer with temps feeling like 110. Crazy! Good for the farmers harvesting wheat, but miserable for the rest of us. Great reason to stay inside and quilt! I'm hoping to check a few things off my summer to-do list this week while chillin' in the A/C.

Traveling Up North

Robert and I traveled to Naperville, IL and Oshkosh, WI last week to hang out with some amazingly talented ladies from their guilds. I shared my Layered Patchwork technique with a workshop on 30-Something at both locations with fabulous results. I think I've made a few converts to the frayed side!

A few great looking blocks!

Quilters from Naperville, IL

Quilters from Oshkosh, WI
 Most of the quilters finished a few blocks during class and are comfortably on their way to recreating this lovely lap size quilt, 30-Something, from KT's book,  Layers of Love.

Along with a bag of scraps to get you inspired, we're throwing in a Layers of Love book this week for fun. Comment here about your summer quilting to-do list to win. And check out Carrie Nelson's blog at Moda Fabrics for a chuckle. See you next week!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Christmas All Year Through

KT Winner

This week's winner of the plaid scrap bag is Judy Zoll. Congratulations! Please send your mailing address to lynne@ktquilts.com and let Jamie know you won. Hope you enjoy my scraps. Thanks for helping me clean out my studio.

Kansas RowXRow Experience

Are you following the trail this summer? KT Quilt Shop is one of hundreds of shops across the country that are offering patterns/kits for a row that can be put together for wonderfully creative quilts. The theme for Kansas shops is water, so our row features windmills. Our windmills are a variation on a layered patchwork block I've used before  and loved how it twinkles and twirls. By making 2 blocks going opposite directions, it adds even more movement to the row. Stop by Kansas Troubles Quilt Shop in Bennington, Kansas when you're out and about to check out our row and see all of the KT fabrics, books & patterns and quilts on display.
Open T-F 10-5; Sat 10-3. Closed July 4th. Call 785-488-2120 during business hours to make arrangements for someone to be there after hours if you're traveling our way.

KT Windmills for KS RowXRow Experience

Christmas All Year Through Sale

The arrival of Heartfelt, KT's new Christmas collection, has me rethinking some of my previous projects for the holidays. Some I still have from years past, others have been gifted to family. Now I wish I'd kept them all! So, I hope to start this summer to remake some of my favorites.

To help you along with your Christmas stitching, we're offering some of our favorite Christmas patterns for just $3.50 each (retail $7.95).  Our new Heart of the Home booklet is only $5.00 (retail $10.95). That's a savings of over 50%! To sweeten the deal, when you place your order for any of these Christmas patterns, Jamie will throw in Just For You, a cute Christmas bag for gift giving or keeping. Sale good at ktquilts.com until July 1st.

Christmas J-O-Y
Three Layer Cake squares are the ornaments and trim for this joyfully easy wall quilt. 

 Christmas Ribbon 
 Twinkly stars are surrounded by a ribbon border all ready to wrap up your Christmas.
 Dreamin' of Christmas 
Make a pillow sleeve for the holidays, then change for the New Year with one of our 
newest pillow sleeves from Crazy for Pillows.

 Holly Wishes 
KT's layered patchwork makes a square-in-a-square-in-a-square-in-a-square,etc. so easy!

 Wish Upon a Star
Simple rail fence blocks in Honey Bun (below) and Jelly Roll sizes embrace a star fit for the holidays. Add holly applique - or not - to suit your mood. Wouldn't this be great in red/tan/blue right now? Darn! There's another project on my list.

 Heart of the Home
Our new Heartfelt collection was so much fun to play with for holiday quilts and home dec projects that last through the New Year. Start with a HeartfeltLayer Cake for our easy layered patchwork flying geese. Just stitch a triangle on a background rectangle for no-fail-never-cut-off-your-points-again flying geese and star points. So fast for holiday quilts!

 Just For You
I love this bag for it's usefullness + cuteness! It's the perfect gift wrap - or adult stocking - for everyone on your Christmas list. And the best part? It's free with the purchase of any other KT Christmas sale pattern/booklet from above. 

I'm on the road again to teach and share my quilts this week at the Pride of the Prairie Quilt Guild in Naperville, IL Thursday & Friday, then on to Oshkosh, WI to hang out with the Lakeside Quilters next week. Come join us for the evening or for the day!

Comment here by June 22nd to win this bundle of leftover binding strips from previous KT projects including Heartfelt, Paisley Park, Clara's Garden and more! See you in 2 weeks!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Cleaning up

KT Winners

Congratulations to Emily (eppie.doodle@yahoo.com) who won the scrap bundle of KT fabrics and Sally Hurst who will receive the Twisted pattern plus KT Wedge Template. Please send your mailing address to Jamie at lynne@ktquilts.com. Show us what you create!

Sunflower Song is Blooming!

Our booth was full of bloomin' sunflowers in all shapes and sizes, made easy to piece with our layered patchwork technique.  Sunflower Song is the newest KT fabric collection due to arrive in September. The Sunflower Song booklet includes a queen, lap, runner & pillow sleeve.

Sunflower Song queen quilt, runner & pillow sleeve. Yummy colors, delightful prints!

Sunflower Song lap quilt. Layered patchwork makes the sunflowers and flying geese a breeze to piece.
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. Begins November 2015. Don't wait to sign up! Kits are limited. Call Jamie today at 785-488-2120.

Lovin' those plaids

This week we have a bag full of plaid end-of-strips that are about 5" wide x assorted widths. Joy bagged up the leftovers when she was cutting charm packs of our 28 plaids. Just think what you could do with all of that? Comment here by June 7th to win our Bag of Plaids (9" x 12" stuffed full).

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Twisted...or, my life story

 KT Winner

Congratulations to Susan from PA. You've won the Crazy for Pillows book. Thanks to everyone who commented.


Can't believe I missed a week of blogging, but the after-market frenzy was almost as bad as the week before! We arrived home Monday night, unloaded Tuesday, and I picked up a grankid on Wednesday morning (school is out but no daycare until after Memorial Weekend). Next year's Christmas line is due, as well as final editing on two of our new projects for this market - Crazy for Pillows from last week's post, and a trio of layered patchwork projects, Twisted. KT's Wedge Template is featured in this fun, simple, strippy quilt perfect for picnics and porches, dorm beds and bunk beds. Just one Jelly Roll provides the wedges for all projects plus the background for the runner and pillow sleeve. Make the quilt as a gift, keep the other 2 projects for yourself - or keep them all!

 The wedges are cut from JRs, lined up on the tan background strips and topstitched. Two matching tan strips are sewn together, then sashed with the navy strips and borders. Looks like twisted ribbon to me! How easy is that??? For a longer dorm quilt that measures 54" x 78", just add borders to the top and bottom, too (option in pattern).

Twisted will be available June 1st ($8.95) from your local quilt shop or ktquilts.com. Spread the word!

Because I missed a week, let's do 2 giveaways this week! #1 - Twisted pattern plus the KT Wedge Template; #2 - a scrap pack of KT's new Heartfelt fabric. Comment here on your summer plans - vacation, gardening, quilting?

Stay tuned this summer for lots of fabric scrap packs as I clean out bins and drawers and baskets in my studio. Amazing how much I accumulate with 3 or 4 fabric lines a year. I swear I'm not keeping anything smaller than a fat 1/8 anymore, so the scraps are getting bigger all the time!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Pre Market Frenzy

NEW KT Quilt Dots

I'm so excited to announce that we're partnering with Zappy Dots and their very cool quilt magnets that may be used to embellish jewelry. Tiny reproductions of KT quilts make for adorable accessories for your studio and wardrobe. Check them out at  Kansas Troubles Quilt Dots.
 Barn Raising Collection of 6 Pins or MagnetsChurn Dash Collection of 6 Pins or Magnets

KT Winner

Congratulations to Rose Bullen - you're the winner of last week's KT giveaway - a Heart of the Home Booklet. Please send your mailing address to Jamie at lynne@ktquilts.com. I hope we help you get a head start on your Christmas quilting this year :).

Off to Market

International Quilt Market for Spring 2015 is this weekend in Minneapolis, MN. Today is dedicated to last minute details like
                 *clean clothes/underwear/comfy shoes
                 *something to wear to Moda's Prairie Prom party
                     (there should be some great pictures of that Saturday!)
                 * print motel reservation and find a motel along the way
                 * help Robert match up shirts to sport jackets (really, again?)
                 * quilt blocks for Schoolhouse
                 * props with sunflower theme for booth
                 * iPad to take lots of pictures (Robert's job)
                 * DON'T FORGET THE QUILTS!

One of the fun new projects we have for market introduction is our Crazy for Pillows booklet. I love the pillow sleeves we've been making to coordinate with several of our latest quilts. We've had requests for a book just about pillows, so here we go!

Crazy for Pillows

Six unique pillow sleeves inspired by some of our favorite projects to coordinate with your quilts for a warm, cozy feeling in your home. Crazy for Pillows will be available in June, but comment here to win an advance copy!  I'll try to post some pictures on my FB page while we're gone. See you next week. Wish me luck!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Heartfelt Christmas in Spring!

KT Winner

 Congratulations to
I like looking at quilting and sewing sites but I don't have a favorite. Thanks.

You're the winner of our new Heartfelt charm pattern, From the Heart, and our KT Melon Template. Thanks to everyone for commenting and continuing to visit my blog. 

Moda Blog Hop

Watch every day this week for Moda's Designer Blog Hop featuring Blog Takeovers. All of us are so crazy busy in the weeks leading up to market that we're having our significant others (or pets) write our blog posts for us. It's designers in real life (#designersirl), nothing held back. KT's day is May 1st when Robert will show you his view of the madness. 

Heartfelt Christmas

Some people complain when Christmas decorations make their way into department stores before Halloween. As quilters, we're waiting anxiously for Christmas fabric to arrive in quilt shops in May and June! After all, we need alot of time to check them all out, select a pattern and make those special projects for Christmas gifts. We don't see Christmas in the Spring as a weird thing at all. And so it is that I have new projects to share for the holidays.

Heart of the Home is the booklet we put together featuring a star (who doesn't love stars for the holidays??)  surrounded by flying geese units that are made using our layered patchwork technique. Simply lay a tan triangle on a red, green or black background rectangle, stitch on top and sew the rectangles together to create the star and geese. It makes a difficult looking block a breeze to piece for any size project. Joy quilted feathered wreaths in the tan spaces for an especially festive look.
 A table runner in reds/tan works well for Christmas - or anytime of year.
 I love using leftover parts to make a pillow topper to coordinate with my quilts. This topper in all greens took about 1 1/2 hours to piece & quilt, then a couple episodes of The Big Bang Theory to bind. (Do you measure binding in hours of TV watched? For example, a queen quilt is about 2 movies on a Sunday afternoon.)
Our giveaway this week is the Heart of the Home booklet. Winner to be selected randomly by midnight Monday, May 4th.  New post Tuesday May 5th. Comment here about your Christmas quilting operating procedure. Are you an early starter? Wait until Thanksgiving to begin? Or somewhere in between?

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Moda Designers in Real Life #designersirl

I'm married to my favorite quilter.  After 20 years of quilt market mania, you'd think I'd be prepared for the craziness of the next few weeks.

 As soon as the UPS truck drops off boxes of the new precuts and fabric, the clock is ticking down to market. It seems along with all the new fabric comes more ideas than she can make into quilts in just a few weeks. My Sweetheart is in "Market Mode".
She gets a little wrapped up in her Layered Patchwork.

Inspiration comes 24/7. I even find her napping on her fabric bundles.

So, I'm the guy that tries to help in any way I can. "Dear, can you find a ________ for the booth?
(fill in the blank with any vintage display item she may think goes with her fabric theme). Or, "Robert, do you have time to build a table, repair a quilt rack, paint a glider to match my quilt, etc ...?" I promised Lynne years ago when she started Kansas Troubles, if she designed fabric and quilts, I'd do Everything Else. Wouldn't you think I'd be ready for the chaotic road to market?

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