Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Blockheads Week #32



Block #32 - Dutchman's Puzzle by Betsy Chutchian

I read on Facebook (a freaked out reindeer relayed the news) there are only 10 more Wednesdays until Christmas. Yikes! Time to begin thinking about starting a list - maybe. Instead of thinking about how far behind I am already, I will bask in the knowledge that I'm caught up with my Blockhead blocks and almost ready for Market. One. Thing. At. A. Time. Breathe.

Betsy brought us a fun flying geese variation this week. So easy to make either traditionally or using my Layered Patchwork technique. Kathy used a more controlled color palette of yellows and blues for the traditional block, while Joy made it KT scrappy for her Layered Patchwork option.

Click HERE for the pattern - Dutchman's Puzzle on Betsy's blog. 

Click HERE for my Layered Patchwork option.


Question of the Week - When you went from making quilts for yourself and began doing it as a business, is there anything you wish you'd known ahead of time? Or was ignorance truly bliss?

I took my first quilting class, began working in a quilt shop parttime and started my business making small quilts all within a year. Truly, ignorance was the rule of the day. Robert was the one who supported and encouraged me to go big or go home - from making small quilts for craft shows, to selling quilt patterns to quilt shops, to going to Quilt Market, to partnering with Moda to design fabric. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. It's the best job I didn't know I wanted and I wouldn't go back for anything! I want to genuinely thank all of you KT fans out there. You're the reason I'm still standing/quilting and loving every minute of it.

Ironically, when I took a break to make a glass of ice tea, this was what I saw outside my window - 6 geese stopping by the pond to check out the bird feeders on their way south. Lovin' the country life!

In case you missed it, here's the KT Layered Patchwork (LP) conversion chart for flying geese. Enjoy!

Be sure to visit all the other designers this week. There's always something interesting happening with the Blockheads. 

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Blockheads Week #31

Blockheads Week #31 - Dot Dash - Lynne Hagmeier

I love a simple churn dash block but sometimes find my points fighting each other when I sew the blocks together. Solution? Have the block triangles float within the background so it creates it's own sashing, allowing each churn dash to shine with perfect points.

Kathy made her block traditionally with the connecting corner method (right). Joy used Layered Patchwork for a quick and easy Dot Dash block  (left). Two options, both super easy and fun to make!

Click HERE for the link for both traditional piecing and layered patchwork instructions for Dot Dash. Note there are 2 pages of instructions - layered patchwork, then traditional.

Question of the Week -Is there something quilt-related on your "bucket list"? A quilt you'd like to make, a show you'd like to see, a quilter you'd like to meet, etc.

I've been trying to free up my schedule for several years to go to Sisters, OR for their one day quilt show. It just hasn't been in the cards - so far. I've also wanted to go to Quilters Take Manhattan in NYC every since it's first year. Guess I need to block those dates off on my calendar and Just. Do. It. 

As far as a quilt on my bucket list - who can count them all? There are so many beautiful quilts out there, many by my fellow Blockheads, that I've purchased the kits for as I see them, hoping to one day find the time to play. Again, I need to make time to Just. Do. It.

What do you have on your bucket list that you just need to set aside the time to do?

Here's a favorite little quilt using this week's churn dash block. I started with 13 dark & 13 light Layer Cake 10" squares. Each light/dark pair of squares made a dark block and a light block. So fast, so fun, so easy!

25 Yard Dash (25 churn dash blocks)

Saturday, September 30, 2017

KT October Special

KT Honeycomb precut, The Bees' Knees pattern & 

KT Honeycomb Ruler

Robert's been cleaning out the store room this week, preparing for our shipment of Harvest Hill fabric. He found a few packs of KT Honeycomb precuts and gathered this bundle of fun just for you.

Our October Monthly Special includes:
     (1) KT Honeycomb precut (retail $16)
     (1) The Bees' Knees pattern booklet (retail $12.95)
     (1) KT Honeycomb Ruler (retail $16)

That's a $44.95 value for only $18.95!

Our Bees' Knees booklet includes (2) lap quilt options featuring a KT Honeycomb precut + Layer Cake + 2 fabrics for borders. Our KT Honeycomb ruler makes it easy to cut the 6" hexagons into fourths to layer and topstitch for a quick & easy quilt to give or keep. It would make a great holiday gift for that special someone on your list.

If you're interested in a complete kit for The Bees Knees or Sweet as Honey, call the KT Quilt Shop at 785-488-2120.  Joy or Robert will help you add a layer cake and borders to ship with the monthly special. 

Honeycomb precut supply is limited. 
Click HERE to order your Honeycomb Bundle today!

The Bees' Knees

Sweet as Honey

Friday, September 29, 2017

NEW BOOK - I Love Star Blocks

Moda Designer's I Love Star Blocks by Martingale

And who doesn't? Star blocks are a favorite among quilters of all skill levels. They're a favorite among designers, as well, as you'll see in this new compilation book from Martingale. I am honored, as always, to be included with so many talented designers offering such an eclectic mix of design styles. There's something for every quilter!

Click HERE  to check out Martingale's blog post.

Along with all the beautiful quilts shown on the cover, here's a look at a few more of the delightfully different and interesting star quilts included in I Love Stars, including mine featuring our mini melon template.
Americana Star by Kansas Troubles

Like what you see? Comment here to be one of the first to win a copy of I Love Stars.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Moda Blockheads Week #30

Welcome to Week #30 of Moda Blockheads! 

Each week, as I gather more blocks, I'm anxious to see how all of this is going to turn out. It's kinda like a mystery novel, right? Interesting characters, great parts, loads of information - we're just waiting to see how it all fits together. (Hopefully, no quilter in the closet with a bloody seam ripper lurking.) Me? I have a couple ideas, but those will have to wait until market madness slows down a bit. I promise a peek at my setting options soon. In the meantime, I'm loving all of your posts on FB with your blocks in the wide array of color palettes and themes. So inspiring!

Question of the Week - Name a famous quilter that inspired/taught you in the past twenty years.

I was drawn to quilting because of antique quilts. I love all things old with a history and quilts are no exception. I took my first quilting class to recreate a vintage quilt I had yearned for at an auction, but alas, could not afford with 6 kids at home to feed. (Geez, they always wanted breakfast.) So, although technically, not a quilt-maker, Barbara Brackman has inspired/impressed/challenged/taught me more than any other quilter I know. Her vast knowledge of antique textiles and quilts is amazing. I use her books as my quilting bibles and follow her blogs religiously. Every time I find an antique quilt, I refer to her rules of how to date a quilt based on the newest fabrics found in it. Barbara, if you're reading this, thanks so much for all of your contributions to the quilting community. And thanks for being a friend.

Block #30 - Four-Patch Dash by Carrie Nelson
I enjoy Carrie's blocks almost as much as I enjoy her blog posts. So clever. This week's block was easy peasy to stitch, but a good test of your 1/4" seam allowances. Sometimes it's the easy ones that trip us up. Click on the link above for Carrie's block.

Kathy & Joy chose similar colors for their blocks this week - Kathy's version (left) could have a Christmas-y vibe, while Joy's block (right) mixes some KT favorites. There isn't a simpler way to piece this with Layered Patchwork, so we'll go with tried and true traditional.

Visit all of the Moda Blockhead designer's blogs to check in on what they've been stitchin' on this week.

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And for a complete list of all the Blockheads' Blocks so far, visit:
Moda Blockheads

Harvest Hill Coming Soon!

I just broke open a Harvest Hill charm pack for a project and couldn't resist fanning them all out - just to look at the luscious fall colors. The weather here in Kansas has changed abruptly to fall temps this week, even to the point of a sweatshirt and sox around the cabin. This collection is bursting with autumn notes perfect for your next project. We'll be watching for the brown UPS truck any day now and will let you know when it arrives. Pre-order fat quarter bundles now.

One of the project booklets featuring Harvest Hill is Be Brave. These quilts were inspired by some sage advice from my grandaughter, Aleece, who claims Jr. High is anything but simple to navigate these days. She has been drawn to any heroine with a bow & arrow since she could choose her own Halloween costume. From Merida in Disney's Brave to Katniss in The Hunger Games to Wonder Woman, these are her female role models.

Aleece, these quilts are for you.

Be Brave booklet with lap quilt, runner & pillow - $12.95
We'll have kits as soon as the Harvest Hill fabric arrives. But win the Be Brave booklet now! Comment here to win a copy for your bookshelf.

Friday, September 22, 2017

KT Winner

 KT Winner

Rina Mason - I've got a jelly roll that I've been hanging onto for the perfect pattern and I think I'l use it on the twisted pattern.

Congratulations to Rina Mason. You're the winner of the KT Wedge template, Twisted pattern and a NEW Harvest Hill Jelly Roll (just as soon as they arrive!). Please email your shipping address to We'll send your goodies out ASAP.

Thanks to all of you for visiting my blog. Watch for more Harvest Hill projects and fabric giveaways in the weeks to come.

Cozy Quilts and Comforts

I'm anxious for my new book with Martingale to arrive in my mailbox. I've seen color pictures, edited the patterns, and even have the quilts hanging all over our retreat space, but no book yet. I plan to sit in my favorite chair and pour over every page, admiring the way Jennifer Keltner and her crew made our humble space look so cozy. Thanks to all of you at Martingale for a yummy treat. 

I love the magic that happens when I can simplify a traditional block with my Layered Patchwork technique, but I hear you from some quilters that they prefer traditional piecing. Not to fear, we've included both options in this book. You can achieve the look for most projects using either method - traditional or layered - but you might just fall in love with layered patchwork too!

Watch for arrival updates here and a chance to win your very own copy!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Moda Blockheads Week #29

It's Week #29 of Moda's Blockheads block of the week.

Our Question of the Week: Do you ever machine quilt your own quilts? Any special tips?

Obviously I'm ahead on BOW questions since I answered this one last week. If you're interested, here's what I said in my Sept. 13 blog post about machine quilting:

Ok, this is a question I can relate to. (Hand quilting, not so much.) I quilt small projects on my Bernina like Mini Table Treats and pillow toppers and runners. Otherwise, Joy quilts almost everything else. She's better at it and I usually don't have the time. To make my machine quilting look better, I use Aurifil 50wt. thread in a matching color with a size 60/8 needle. It's a little challenging to thread a needle that size, but when stitching in the ditch, it makes all the difference. My stitches virtually disappear! Try it sometime and let me know what you think.

Lisa gives us another challenging block to hone our piecing skills. Kathy expertly executed her block in red/white/blue from Lisa's assorted collections. I thought it went perfectly with my new find: Red & White Quilts - Infinite Variety book of Joanna S. Rose's fabulous quilt collection I purchased at the American Folk Art Museum in NYC a couple weeks ago. Not the smartest thing to buy & carry around all day since it weighs a ton, but worth every ounce.

Kathy's red/white/blue Block #29 - traditionally pieced.
 Click here for Lisa's blog and the instructions for Juneau - Block #29.
Joy's Layered Patchwork version in plum & green.
Click HERE for my simplified layered patchwork option.

Visit all the Blockheads' blogs:

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Jan's Blog -

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