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.


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 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 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 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 ( 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 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 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 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!