Friday, September 7, 2018

Come Stay a While

KT Retreats

We're making plans to freshen up our KT Retreat over the winter, just in time for 2019. If you've ever wanted to hang out in our warm, cozy space with your quilting friends and sew to your heart's content, this is your year. 

Comfy chairs and good lighting make this sitting area perfect for hand work and/or a glass of wine.

Make a cup of coffee or a full meal in our well-equipped kitchen.

Snuggle under vintage quilts in our dorm-style bedroom.
Retreats may be booked for 8 to 10 quilters for a minimum of 2 nights at $75 per night ($75 deposit per person due upon making reservations). Many groups choose a 3-night retreat from Wednesday thru Saturday. Some groups prefer Thursday thru Monday. (We've taken back our Sundays as a day of rest, but you're welcome to stay thru the weekend.) We've even had quilters stay Monday thru Saturday. We provide continental breakfast, tea, coffee and snacks with a few KT surprises.

Call Robert at 785-488-2120 to reserve a date for your group now!

January 10-13 or 17-20
February 21-24
March 7-9 or 21-23
April 4-6 or 25-27
July 11-13 or 18-20
August 8-10 or 22-24
September 5-7
October 3-5
November 7-9

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Moda Blockheads II - Week #14

Welcome to Blockheads II! 

If you haven't been following Blockheads since the beginning, here's how it all began. There were six of us "dark" Moda designers who gathered at market to hatch a plan to offer a block-of-the-week to show how all of our fabrics played nicely together. Over 48 weeks, we had a great time, got to know each other better, and didn't want it to end. It was also inspiring to see so many of your blocks on Facebook. I could feel the creative juices pumping. This fall, the Blockheads book will be released featuring each of our finished quilts - plus a few extras - with all of the blocks. Martingale is doing a beautiful job publishing our group project. I can't wait to see it at market!

So what to do next? Moda asked each of the original 6 Blockheads' designers to ask a friend to join our group to make it even bigger and better. My choice was obvious - Barb & Mary of Me & My Sister Designs. The first time I met these ladies at market during setup, I was hot and sweaty and exhausted from weeks of preparations. They walked up to introduce themselves all cool and perky, their bubbly personalities lighting up the room. After resisting the temptation to smack the smiles and giggles right off their faces : ), we hit it off instantly. Whether we're visiting in our booths, or out at dinner, they make everything fun. Their bright fabrics and simple, but clever, designs are the perfect match, just like the two of them. You really can't help but smile, even if you are all sweaty.
( I enjoy these two so much I've invited them to come for a special event next summer at KTQ. Watch for more info here and on our website soon.)

 So, we're about a fourth of the way into the second series of blocks with 13 designers. This week and for the next several weeks, you'll receive instructions for two blocks. Here we go...

Blockheads II - Block #14 - Fidget Spinner by Lynne Hagmeier

My Fidget Spinner block was inspired by the craze last year when all the grankids had those little spinning finger gadgets - some whirred, some blinked with flashing lights, all of them were crazy annoying (I'm sure that was the point). My version uses simple rectangles and connecting corners to create an intricate-looking block that's easy to assemble.

KT fabrics are from Nature's Glory (Sept '18) and On Meadowlark Pond (Feb '19)

I chose red/tan/navy again for my block. To make the block like mine, you'll need 2 tans, a red and a navy. Cut A - (4) each navy and red; B- (6) of each tan and (4) navy. Follow the instructions HERE. I'll be watching on FB to see how you interpreted Fidget Spinner.

Blockheads II - Block #15 - Corner Pocket by Me & My Sister Designs

Billiards, anyone? I'll have to check out Barb & Mary's blog to see if pool was their inspiration for Corner Pocket. To continue with my red/tan/navy themed blocks, I chose to piece Barb & Mary's block in red & tan. Find instructions for their block HERE.

See you next week when we'll have two more blocks to add to your growing pile. Check out what the rest of the Blockhead II bunch are up to this week.

Monday, September 3, 2018

KT September Special

Huggable Quilts & Country Road Flannel

Are you ready to start a new fall project? How about something quick & easy perfect for holiday gift-giving? Our Huggable quilts are the fastest way to whip up a soft, cuddly quilt in a weekend - or less. Start with our Country Road Flannel Layer Cakes & charm packs to create raw edge quilts that you quilt-as-you-go. Sandwich 2 Layer Cakes for the front and back, embellish with charm squares, stitch thru all layers, sew the blocks together with precut pinked edges exposed on the back for cuddly softness. With no quilting expense, you'll save time & money. Enjoy!

Cuddle Up, Huggable, Snuggle Me flannel quilts with no batting.

All three of the Huggable projects are on sale thru September. 
Each kit includes the Huggable booklet and FREE shipping! 
To find them on our website at, click HERE.

KT Winner

Congratulations to the winner of my fall scrap bag. Sounds like Sandra will put them to good use.

sandra - Help! I am doing the 2nd Blockhead and need some more of KT scraps. I did the Blockhead 1 all in KT fabric and am doing the 2nd one but oh oh gonna need some more with these bigger blocks. Would love to be the recipient of your scraps. Thank you for the chance.
Comment this week to win a HUGE box of flannel scraps. I have to finish my summer cleaning (read "purge") soon or it will turn into winter cleaning! 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Moda Blockheads Week #13

Block #13 - Patchwork Flower by Corey Yoder

Welcome to Corey! She's one of the new Blockheads this time around. It's great to have some new (dare we say "young") blood infused in this second series of blocks. Her Patchwork Flower at 6" x 18" is a fun addition to the assorted sizes of the other blocks. I chose to do just one version this week. It's a red/navy flower and will go with either my red/tan/navy or KT classic quilt plan. Made it, loved it, why make it difficult?

Block #13 - Patchwork Flower
 Find Corey's pattern for Patchwork Flower HERE. Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Country Road Flannel is Here!

Robert & Joy couldn't be happier, up to their elbows in bolts of flannels, cutting and shipping kits as fast as they can. Don't miss out on your next flannel project! Be sure to check out our August Special HERE where all the Flannel Days, Starry Nights quilt kits are on sale and include the booklet AND free shipping!

KT Winner

Congratulations to Gmama Jane! You're the winner of this week's KT giveaway - our new Flannel Days, Starry Nights booklet plus a box of Country Road flannels.
Gmama Jane -Your color combos are always a favorite with me & my family. It's hard to choose but I think I'll choose the blue & tan combo however I'm not choosy if I were to happen to be the lucky WINNER!! THANK YOU for the inspiration, the quilt patterns and giveaway!!

Clean Sweep

I'm STILL sorting thru all the fabrics from the past year's projects - and some from even earlier. PLEASE help me out by commenting below so I know all the leftovers will go to a good home :). 

First up, assorted fall fabrics scraps from Oak Haven and Harvest Hill. Need some bits and pieces to add to a scrappy quilt? I know just the place for some scrappy inspiration - Oh Scrap! by Lissa Alexander. Lissa is the brains behind many of the wonderful things happening at Moda. It's her first book with Martingale and it's a sure fire winner!

I have several projects marked for my next quilting retreat. Now I better start planning my getaway. Anyone know of a great place to retreat and sew?


Comment to win our box of KT fall scraps and I'll see you soon. Lynne

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Moda Blockheads II - Week #12

Block #12 - Jace's Star by Lisa Bongean

Lisa has challenged us again with her delightful star named for her grandson. She's a fun grandma, I'm sure. Living by a lake offers many opportunities to be a star in Jace's eyes.

My two options for Blockheads II are red/tan/navy...

Block #12 - Jace's Star - KT red/tan/navy

...and classic KT. I merely swapped out the red for pumpkin for a fall look.

Block #12 - Jace's Star - KT classics

Many of the fabrics I'm using in the Blockheads II blocks are from a new KT fabric collection coming in September, Nature's Glory. Print the swatch chart below as a handy reference guide when shopping at your favorite quilt shop.

See you next week for a block from one of our "new" Blockheads!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Moda Blockheads II - Week #11

Block #11 - Direction by Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life

Sherri's headed in the right direction with this simple block of framed flying geese. There are a dozen ways to colorize her block to suit your style - or mood. I made one block in KT red/tan/navy (mostly Fresh Cut Flowers fabrics) and another in KT classics in my new Nature's Glory collection, coming next month to a quilt shop near you.

KT red/tan/navy

KT Nature's Glory (Sept 2018)
 Find Sherri's block, Direction, HERE.

Be sure to visit the other Blockheads II designers this week.
They're sure to have a lot of inspiration for you!