Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Clara's Garden is Here!

KT Winner

Congratulations to gyates625@bellsouth.net - you're the winner of the trio of pillow sleeve patterns. Please reply to lynne@ktquilts.com and Jamie will send them right out.

Thanks to all of you that commented this week. I always enjoy reading your thoughts, but this week was especially helpful to see what you want to hear/see from me in the new year. It may seem that the life of a designer is terribly interesting and exciting, but believe me, just like you, I go to work each day and have to take care of piles of paperwork, emails and organizing what other people are going to do before I ever get a chance to sew - if at all! One of my plans for the new year is to sew a little every day, even if it's just a couple of seams in a block. I'm one of those quilters that feels like if I don't have time to make several blocks - or a whole quilt - it's not worth it. No more. Just the feel of fabric in my hands and the hum of the sewing machine is such therapy for me. I'm sure Robert will be relieved to hear it since I'm usually in a better mood after I've had a chance to stitch on something - anything - for a bit each day. In fact, once our mess of construction is done and the dust settles, he's suggested we piece together! Over the years, Robert has learned alot about quilting just being in the business with me and watching me teach classes. He's very knowledgeable about my methods and KT products, but has become more interested in a variety of quilting notions and techniques in the past year. And, since opening our KT Bernina Quilt Shop & Emporium, he's learned that he has a whole lot more to learn in order to answer our customers' questions like a "real quilter". Stay tuned to see if our marriage can survive quilting together!

Clara's Garden Has Arrived!

UPS dropped off the last of Clara's Garden precuts and bolts of fabric this week. We just love those guys! After Jamie & Joy open the boxes, remove the plastic, check inventory and fold the ends just so, it's time for me to admire all the fat new bolts lined up on the shelf. The ladies coming to our retreat this weekend are already calling to see if Clara arrived. I'm sure it won't stay this way for long!

Clara's Garden on the top shelf; KT Favorites on the bottom. Don't they look great together???


Clara's Garden captures the beauty of spring in a large floral print, small scale dots, buds & swirls and a petite stripe  in yummy KT reds, greens, blacks, navys, golds, plum & tans. This collection includes several wonderful tan prints and tone-on-tones for backgrounds, so stock up now while the selection is good!


I'll show you how our new wedge & melon templates make piecing circles with layered patchwork so much easier in the coming weeks. For now, I'd like to share a fat 1/8 bundle of Clara's Garden with you. Comment here for a chance to win!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

KT Favorite Quilt Contest Winner

KT Favorite Quilt Contest 2014

Thank you to everyone who submitted quilts, and to those of you who voted thru your comments. Without further delay - drum roll please - the winners are:
                1st Place - Connie Lanier - Five & Dime
                2nd Place -  Jane Licata - Aleece's Charming Stars
                3rd Place - Leanne Hopper - Spare Change

Congratulations, Ladies! Please contact Jamie at 785-488-2120 to claim your gift certificates. 

I was delighted to see so many of you chose to submit quilts using my layered patchwork method (more than 80%). I receive emails from quilters everyday who were hesitant in the beginning, fearing the raw edges would unravel or the layering would add too much bulk to their quilts. In the end, there are smiling faces all around when the quilt is completed with flatter blocks with fewer seams and easier piecing, more perfectly square quilts and fun frayed edges for a primitive look and cozy feel. Thank you to all the brave souls who've believed in my technique, tried it for yourselves and are sharing it with your friends. Welcome to the club! 

In addition to the contest winners, the winner of the Loose Change book is Tonia Young. And just for fun, a Layers of Love book goes to Vicki H. Thanks to all of you who commented.

Blog Ideas for the New Year

It's a new year and a fresh start so I'd like to get some input on what you'd like to see in this blog - do you have questions for me? Do you want to see more quilts, more in progress, more of what? I would love to have an ongoing dialog here with your comments/questions leading me to write blog posts about what your interests. My goal for this year is to take more pictures to share as I'm designing. Any other suggestions? Believe me, there are days when the blank screen is a huge challenge.

Pillow Pals

Today's giveaway is a trio of pillow sleeve patterns to freshen up your home throughout the year. Make or cover a pillow, then simply swap out the pillow sleeve for the seasons. Please leave a comment on the above blog ideas to win. See you next week!



Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Cruisin'

Jenny Doan/Lynne Hagmeier Quilting Cruise to the Caribbean

Jenny and I are so excited to be sailing and quilting with Flash Sew and Quilt in Naples, FL next January and April. The January cruise sold out in a flash (pun intended) so we're gearing up for another cruise in April. If you missed the January 2016 voyage, jump into the water with us for another spectacular trip in April 2016. We'll be teaching the same projects under the same sun, so let's make it happen ladies! Grab a girlfriend - or husband, if you must - and come quilt with us while we sail, learning some new tricks and techniques and just giggling our way through the week. I'm up for any trip that includes Jenny and her husband, Ron. We so enjoy this delightful couple and Jenny's sense of quilting style. Her ability to see quilt blocks in a new way is always inspiring. I'll be sharing my layered patchwork technique that has been on Missouri Star's tutorials with Jenny. Check out the Zigzag Runner video from Layers of Love and sign up today!


Go to Jenny/Lynne Cruise for more information. And don't forget your sandals!

Monday, January 5, 2015

My Favorite KT Quilt Contest 2014

It's time to announce the three finalists in our My Favorite KT Quilt Contest 2014. The rules were simple - make a quilt from any Moda precut using a KT pattern. From several dozen entries, the ones that followed the rules and made our list are:

Five & Dime by Connie Lanier
 A quilt that is quickly becoming a KT classic! If you haven't tried our layered patchwork technique yet, make it a New Year's resolution. The quilt goes together quickly and looks great in any color combinations.

 Spare Change by Leeanne Hopper 

 Adorable mini version of Five & Dime from my book, Loose Change. Well done, Leeanne!

Aleece's Charming Stars by Jane Licata
 Jane Licata used Minnick & Simpsons precuts to create this wonderful patriotic tribute using the Aleece's Charming Stars pattern from my book, Layers of Love.




Please comment on your favorite here by midnight Saturday, January 10, 2015. First, second and third place winners will be announced Monday, Janurary 12th. In addition, since two of the three quilts are from my book Loose Change, we'll give away a book to one lucky winner!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Merry Christmas 25% OFF!

Merry Christmas from KTQ

Our family Christmas was on Saturday with all the kids and grankids, so Robert and I are looking forward to a quiet day at home alone, eating leftovers and digging out from under our major construction mess at the cabin. I've been cleaning up sheetrock dust for a month instead of decorating for Christmas. So looking forward to feathering my nest again soon. Floors go down in a day or two, then it's DONE, DONE, DONE. With shipping delays and damage on materials, it's been a long, slow process that's lasted months instead of weeks. My New Year's gift is a finished house and no more dust - at least from construction!

We'll be closed December 25-January 1st but stop in after the holidays to check out the store. We'll be rearranging and bringing out some good new stuff, awaiting Clara's Garden fabric. Be sure to have plenty of projects to work on when you're snowed in - really or not.

Everyone here at KTQ - Jamie, Joy, Lois, Robert and I - want to wish you all a wonderfully Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year full of quilts! To help feather your stash, don't forget, we're offering 25% off your total order at ktquilts.com thru December 31st. Don't wait until all the precuts are gone!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

KT's 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Concluded

KT Winner

Congrats to
paulette -OMGosh! LOVE this pattern! Thanks for the chance to win it! Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and the best in the New Year!

You're the winner of Day 12 - Clara's Garden and Seedlings charm pattern. Please send your mailing address to lynne@ktquilts.com to claim your goodies.


A Big KT Thank You

Thanks to everyone who followed my 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway. I so appreciate your support and enthusiasm for all things KTQ. Wish everyone could have been a winner, so we're giving a Christmas gift to every quilter out there! We're offering for a limited time at ktquilts.com - 25% off your total purchase from today thru December 31st. Now is the time to stock up on KT precuts, grab the KT ruler you've been checking out or get in on Clara's Garden before the fabric ships!  Use coupon code 12 Days when you check out to receive your discount.  The store will be closed Dec. 25-Jan. 1st, but Jamie will be in the office as usual except Christmas and New Year's Day (so dedicated!) Call 785-488-2120 if you have any questions.

KT Quilt Contest

It's not too late to submit a quilt for My Favorite KT Quilt Contest. Here's a look at the rules:

1. Make a quilt (or enter an existing quilt) that features any KT pattern using Kansas Troubles or any other Moda designer's fabrics.

2. The quilt must include 1 Moda precut - charm pack, mini charm pack, Layer Cake, Jelly Roll, Honey Bun, Honeycomb or Dessert Roll.

3. Send a photo of your quilt to lynne@ktquilts.com. Entries must be received by midnight December 31, 2014. The 3 finalists will be posted here on Monday January 5, 2015. You will all get to vote on the winner via blog comments through Jan. 10th. Winners will be announced on Jan. 12th.

Pretty simple! Can't wait to see your quilts!


Saturday, December 20, 2014

KT's 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways - Day 12

KT Winner Day 11

Congrats to
Donna W -Fantastic patterns. Thanks for the chance to win them.

You're the winner of our Day 11 giveaway - the Paisley Park collection of patterns. Please send your mailing address to lynne@ktquilts.com and we'll send out your goodies soon.

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway - Day 12

Our giveaway for Day 12 is our brand new Clara's Garden booklet & Seedlings charm pattern. Clara's Garden fabric collection is due in quilt shops next month for a bright beginning to the new year. I love the way the floral prints and rich hues play so well together. This line is in honor of my great-grandmother who was a master gardener and rug hooker. One of the rugs we found in my Gramma's collection was the circular motif, so marrying the floral applique with the illusion of circles was the perfect tribute to an amazing woman. All 5 projects are in our Clara's Garden booklet. 



 

Our charm pattern for Clara's Garden is the Seedlings Runner & mini charm pillow sleeve. I've become addicted to making these pillow sleeves to slide on and off of a rectangular lumbar pillow. This shape works best for me when binding or hand-stitching in my comfy chair. I love the convenience of being able to swap out seasonal sleeves in a snap. We have a melon-shaped template available in both sizes coming soon!


Comment here by 10pm CST tonight to win both of these KT patterns. It's not too late to be a winner!