Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Kansas Troubles Retreats 2017-2018

KT Winner

Congrats to:
Judy Zoll -As a retired school teacher back to school means something different to me now. I am working hard to finish up some ufos so I can begin some new projects--one that is using KT fabrics!

Judy, thanks for all your hard work as a teacher. I hope you enjoy your retirement years, catching up on your quilting wish list. Please send your shipping address to lynne@ktquilts.com and Jamie will bundle up your fat quarters this week.

Last Days of Sunflower Song 

It's the perfect time of year to plan early fall projects with our Sunflower Song fabric. There's just one week left to take advantage of our August Sunflower Song inventory reduction sale. With Oak Haven arriving in September, Robert's trying to make space in the storage room for dozens of bolts of new fabric and precuts. Oak Haven will blend beautifully with Sunflower Song, so it's a great time to add to your autumn stash. 

Sunflower Song yardage - 1/2 yd. - $5.25  - sale price $3.25  
Sunflower Song Precuts - Layer Cake & Jelly Rolls - $40  - sale price $26
                                          Charm Packs - $10   sale price $6.60 
                                          Mini Charms - $4.00  - sale price $2.60
Sunflower Song Pattern - $12.95 retail - sale price $8.95
Sunny Trio Charm Pattern - $6.50 retail - sale price $4.00

Watch August 30th's blog post for a new September KT Special. 

You won't want to miss it! 


KT Retreats

It's been a while since I shared much about our KT Retreats. The ladies that stayed with us last weekend asked for more information to be posted on my blog and website. Here's what you need to know about KT Retreats:

Standard Retreat: Thursday 1pm thru Saturday 3pm.
$75 per night/2 nights minimum/8 quilters minimum or 10 maximum
Add additional nights for $75 per night
$40 deposit due at time of booking/balance due 30 days before retreat
Our dorm style bedroom is full of vintage quilts and charming decor with blackout shades for sleeping in on lazy mornings.
KT Retreat Bedroom
We provide continental breakfast, coffee, tea. Your group is welcome to bring food to prepare meals or visit the local eateries for deli sandwiches, farmer style dinners or ice cream parlor treats.

Our harvest table seats 18.

Kitchen is equipped with everything you need to cook for your quilting friends.
Fun decor throughout makes our retreat space your home away from home.

Our gathering space offers comfy seating for hand stitching or TV watching.
The sewing area offers a 6-ft table, adjustable computer chairs and lighting for each quilter, plus cutting mats on raised tables and 3 irons/ironing boards for your convenience. 

Downstairs, the KT Quilt Shop is open Tues-Saturday for your shopping enjoyment. If I'm in town and available, I'll stop in for a tour of the shop and presentation of my layered patchwork technique. Robert and Jamie can help with any of your KT questions.

We still have a limited number of openings for 2017. Our 2018 schedule will open later this year. Grab a few friends and make plans to visit us soon!

Comment this week to win your $40 deposit for a KT Retreat in 2017 or 2018! 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

I Love 9-Patches

I Love 9-Patches

Do you love 9-patch blocks? They're so versatile and interesting and wonderfully easy and complex at the same time. Martingale has done it again with another designer compilation book featuring 18 projects that are all amazingly different using the humble 9-patch block. Check out their blog post to win a book for your quilting library at I Love 9-Patches. 

Sunflower Song fabric is on sale and going fast! Make your list and order today while supplies last.


Monday, August 15, 2016

Last Days of Summer

KT Winner

Congrats to:
ferne- I love how the barn quilt turned out! I made a much smaller one for my well house and now I need another for my house...people need to know a quilter lives here!
 You're the winner of a Sunflower charm and mini charm to start your next bloomin' project! Thanks to everyone who commented. Glad you like the barn quilt as much as I do. It's really quite impressive in person. Hope you can all come visit us sometime.

Missouri Star Retreat

Next week I'll be hanging out with Jenny Doan in Hamilton, MO at the famed Missouri Star Quilt Co. to teach at a retreat. I can't wait to see all the new themed quilt shops that have been finished since I was there last. Jenny and I have to plan "work dates" to see each other since our lives take us in so many different directions. One way we've found to spend time together is to teach on quilting cruises. Our January 2017 cruise is full, but we'll be announcing our 2018 cruise dates soon. To be one of the first to receive information on our upcoming cruises, email our travel agent, Lenore Deck at cruiselady@tampabay.rr.com. I'll post here as soon as we know the ports, etc. Hope you can join us sometime!

Here are the lovely ladies from our Jenny/Lynne April 2016 cruise. So many happy ladies!

Summer's End

The grankids are back in school, we all bought new crayons in cute tins whether we needed them or not. It's my favorite time of year to shop for school office supplies. When else can you find a Finding Dory zipper bag for sewing notions or an M & M's lunch box for spools of thread? I can't possibly pass up striped pencils or a mini polka dot stapler. My grown kids give me a hard time because I buy as many fun supplies as the grankids. Why not make school and work as fun as we can with cool accessories? Did you know they make motion activated chandeliers for lockers? Yup, checked it off the list! 

My point to this is we all need to surround ourselves with fun, inspirational things in our work spaces to spark creativity. This week, we'd like encourage your creative side with a sale on all of our remaining Sunflower Song fabrics. Regular retail for KT fabric is $5.25 for 1/2 yd. (retail $10.50/yd.)  
 Sunflower Song  - $3.25 per 1/2 yard 
Save 40% now thru August 31st!

Feel free to print our SKU chart of the entire collection for easy matching at ktquilts.com.
I list my fabrics with the UPC number of the print down the left side with the color numbers across the top. It makes more sense to me to have each color in a row. If there's a blank space, you know the print wasn't made in that particular color. 

Comment this week to win an assortment of (10) Sunflower Song fat quarters. Remember, Sunflower Song patterns and precuts are also on sale thru August 31st while supplies last.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

More Sunflower Song Days of Summer

KT Winner

Congrats to:
omashee aka Barb - Love, love, love sunflowers & these patterns! Enjoy your Gramma Days, the kids grow up soooo fast!
You're this week's winner of our Sunflower Song & Sunny Trio patterns. Thanks for your comments. Enjoy!

More Sunny Days...

I was delighted to find this beautiful vase of flowers on my desk at work this morning, courtesy of our KT store manager, Jamie. She knows I love sunflowers and gathered these sunny blooms from a friend's field. They totally brightened my day! Thanks again, Jamie!

This vase of happiness goes perfectly with our month-long theme of Sunflower Song specials. This week, all Sunflower Song precuts are 35% off retail on our website at ktquilts.com.
See below for our Sunflower Song giveaway this week.

Kansas Troubles Barn Quilt

There was quite a commotion in downtown Bennington last week as Gleason's Sign Co. came with two bucket trucks and a three-man crew to hang my Barn Quilt on the side of the KT Quilt Shop. Sue Hageman of Manhattan, KS did a wonderful job painting the 8-foot square Kansas Troubles block. She used classic KT colors and free-hand painted enlarged images of my fabric in each block. Fantastic! Thanks so much, Sue. It is better than I imagined!
Josh and his crew evaluate how to proceed.
 The guys had to prep the barn quilt by drilling 8 holes in the outer perimeter for bolts. At more than a hundred pounds, it needed to be firmly attached to the brick so the wind couldn't budge it.
Getting ready to lift the barn quilt.
For years, there's been a Coca-Cola sign painted on the side of our building advertising the previous owner - Bennington Billard Parlor - Fishing Tackle, Lures & Bait. We've looked into having it repainted, but there are only a handful of authorized Coke mural painters and I really preferred a Barn Quilt.

One truck hoisted the barn quilt as the other truck lifted the bucket with the crew in it, ready to straighten and attach the sign to the side of the brick building with huge lag bolts.

The crew congratulating themselves on a job well done.
 Our KT Barn Quilt will greet you as you drive into our little town of Bennington. There will be no doubt where the KT Quilt Shop lives.

Comment this week to win a Sunflower Song charm & mini charm. It's a great start to the Sunny Trio charm project.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Gramma Days of Summer

KT Winner

Congratulations to:
Kristy - What wonderful quilts! I love the 9 patch. Thanks for sharing. K-

You're the winner of the new I Love 9-Patches book by Martingale. We'll send your copy as soon as we receive our shipment. Enjoy! I'd love to see what you make from the book. 

Gramma Days of Summer

You've heard of the Dogs Days of Summer? Well, I schedule Gramma Days of Summer, booking time with the grankids. I'm a bit late posting this week because I was up to my neck in water - literally. Aleece (12), Rowan (13) and I spent a couple days at Great Wolf Lodge Waterpark in Kansas City to celebrate birthdays and generally hang out. We shopped for school clothes, supplies and assorted needful things. 
This is pretty much how we all felt after swimming, playing shopping and staying up late watching movies. Aleece needed some extra sleep this morning.

To be fair, here's Aleece with her Great Wolf Lodge ears enjoying her birthday dinner at Olive Garden.

Rowan with his cool Jordan's and Curry's. All set for the first day of school.

Throughout the week, Cooper (15) and Delainey (10) will be coming and going and I'll swap out the girls for the boys and vice versa. In between swimming, gaming and visiting our local eateries, the kids volunteer to help out at the store - stuffing patterns for Jamie, carrying boxes up and down our 26 steps and folding fat quarters to earn a few extra $$$. There's always something new added to their wish lists. 

August Specials

Each week this month, we'll be offering special pricing on our Sunflower Song patterns, fabric and precuts. This week, the Sunflower Song pattern with queen, lap, runner and pillow projects is on sale for $8.95. The Sunny Trio charm pattern is on sale for $4. Check back next week for more specials.

Sunflower Song   $8.95 (retail $12.95)

Sunny Trio Charm pattern  $4.00 (retail $6.50)
Our ktquilts.com website is in major transition this week, so please be patient with us as we upgrade and update all the pictures and links. If you have any issues, please call Jamie to order at 785-488-2120.

Comment to win one of each of the Sunflower Song and Sunny Trio patterns. We'll have more Sunflower Song good stuff in the coming weeks.

Happy last weeks of summer!

Monday, July 25, 2016

New Book - I Love 9-Patches - Coming Soon!

KT Winner

Congratulations to the winner of a Sewline glue pen:

Carol KuseI am starting EPP also, and look forward to using a glue pen.
Thank you for the interesting blogs.

Glad you enjoyed learning about some of my favorite notions. We'll have more online in the near future. 

 I Love 9-Patches

I'm delighted to be part of another group of talented designers who were asked to participate in this fun book of projects by Martingale. Everybody loves 9-patches because of their simplicity, but also because of their versatility. So many great ideas jammed into one book!  Other designers contributing to the book include Sherri Falls, Kimberly Jolly, Tammy Vonderschmitt and Kari Carr.

I designed my 9-patch quilt last summer during baseball season as my husband was glued to the TV watching the Kansas City Royals. They were having a wonderful year and excitement was building as the summer rolled on. Robert, my quilt piecers, the grankids, were all holding their breath in anticipation of the World Series in the fall. It was baseball fever everywhere! Happily, the Royals went on to win the championship. My quilt celebrates the elusive triple play in baseball with 3 sizes of 9-patches in lights and darks. Strategically placed red squares in the large 9-patches create a path around the bases surrounding nine red-framed 9-patches for the game's 9 innings. The three blocks in the center represent three strikes and you're out. Great concept! Honestly, though, alot of that was coincidence since I'm not much of a professional sports fan and just liked the color and layout, but we can play on our local team's victory anyway. No matter the outcome of the game, I think this quilt is a home run!

Triple Play by KTQ

 Here are a few of the projects from I Love 9-Patches on my to-do list:

Old Nine by Tammy Vonderschmitt (Moda)

Tammy's classic 9-patch looks like a treasured antique quilt.

Tilt by Carrie Nelson (Moda)

How cool is that? I can see it in brights or Christmas or....

Lollipops by Barb Cherniwchan

So fun, so fresh! 

Comment this week to win the book, I Love 9-Patches, as soon as it arrives!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

KTQ Website News

KT Winner

Congrats to this week's winner of a KT red/tan/navy 6-pack of fat quarters:

Nan Martino - Happy "Birthweek" Lynn! I spent the 4th working on a scrappy star quilt, using KT fabric of course. Bees In Bloom is my NEW favorite!

Thanks to everyone for your warm birthday wishes. I hope you're keeping cool and able to spend some time doing all of your favorite things this summer.

KT Webstore Updates

Robert has been working hard to update our website with all the newest KT products. He would probably be further along if I didn't keep adding to his list. (I'd hate for him to run out of things to do.) We've added 2 new categories - Lynne's Favorite Notions and Kansas Troubles Fabrics. The notions group includes our new KT Aurifil thread box and single spools of thread, Sewline glue pens & refills, Olfa pinking, wave and scallop blades and Phillips Fiber Art Cut-a-Round rulers.

Aurifil Thread - If you follow my blog, you've heard me sing the praises of Aurifil 50wt. thread. I use it for my layered patchwork technique, raw edge applique and piecing. It's fine, strong and I love my new box of KT colors that blend beautifully with my fabrics. It's like opening a new box of crayons at the beginning of the school year!

KT Aurifil Thread Box of 10 Colors

Cut A Round Rulers - Do you ever need to cut a perfect circle? I have a series of 17" round table toppers we call Mini Table Treats. All of them start with a 17" background circle with a smaller circle layered on top. These rulers cut them in no time at all. Here are a few but we have more than a dozen Mini Table Treats patterns on the website.
Simply fold a fat quarter into fourths, place the ruler on the folded edges and cut a quarter circle. When opened, it's a perfect circle! I love that! Totally worth it if you use circles. There are several sizes. I like the medium and large sizes. They cover about anything I need, although I'm thinking I might need the small Cut A Round that cuts circles as small as 2". Wool pennies, anyone???

Olfa Blades - I use alot of precuts in my layered patchwork projects that require pinked edges. When I don't have quite enough precut charm squares or Jelly Roll strips, I reach for my Pinking blade and cut my own. It's a bit larger pinked edge than Moda's factory precuts, but once you mix them all together and wash your quilt, there's little difference in appearance. The Scallop and Wave blades make a larger pinked edge and are adorable on kids projects or for a decorative look.

45mm Olfa Blades - Scallop, Pinking, Wave
 Sewline Glue Pen & Refill - I use this glue pen on a daily basis. I prefer adding a dot of glue to a couple points of my triangles for layered patchwork instead of pins. The layered piece does not scooch and you don't have to worry about removing pins (or breaking a needle). This is the best quality fabric glue I've found. It sticks much like a Post-It note, is repositionable and washes out easily. It doesn't leave a stiff spot on your quilt and, most importantly, has no harsh chemicals to damage your fabric over time like ordinary school glue.

Sewline Glue Pen & Refill

Kansas Troubles Fabric.  - Over the years, we've had many requests to offer KT yardage online. Now, you can purchase Bees 'n Blooms, Prairie Cactus and Cozy Cottage Flannels by the 1/2 yard. (If you purchase multiple 1/2 yd. cuts of the same fabric, we'll send a full piece.) Our fabric is $10.50/yd. everyday for cotton, $12.00/yd. for flannel. Quantites are limited.

Bees 'n Blooms

Prairie Cactus

Cozy Cottage Flannels

Comment this week to win one of my favorite notions - a Sewline glue pen.