Thursday, February 15, 2018

Windmills & Fence Posts

A Manly Quilt using Fresh Cut Flowers

The Fresh Cut Flowers quilt is all about springtime and flowers and soft curves. But I wanted to add a more masculine option for this fabric collection, too. It all started when my brother requested a log cabin quilt when he saw an antique log cabin quilt of mine set in a pinwheel design. So, really, I love my brother, but I didn't really have time to piece a log cabin quilt with 1/2" strips. I like the variety of settings you can achieve with a log cabin block, but they're so time consuming to piece. With a Jelly Roll and a couple fabrics, I created this block that creates the look without all the time.



I added a triangle to one end of the tan strips - either using traditional piecing or my Layered Patchwork for faster results.  Add the tan strips to dark strips and you have a log-cabin-wanna-be-block that goes together quickly with all the same setting options.


The Windmills and Fence Posts quilts are available in lap size or king/queen size bed quilts. Prefer a furrows setting? It's in here, too. See how different the center of the Windmills quilt looks just by turning the blocks!


Love a star quilt? Rearrange the Fence Posts' blocks to create this 40" giant star for the center of your quilt. The same pieced border adds even more punch.


Need a bed size quilt? Here are two options using a couple Jelly Rolls and the same simple block. I even had enough JR strips leftover to create a pieced border on the Windmill quilt.

King Windmill Quilt 101" x 101"

King Fence Posts Quilt 106" x 106"

Would you like to try your hand at one of these quilts for someone on your list? Comment to win a Windmills & Fence Posts booklet .

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Free Pattern

Happy Valentine's Day!



I'm sending warm wishes to all of you for a day full of love and happiness. And a free pattern! Click HERE for our Hearts to You quilt pattern. It's a good way to try my Layered Patchwork technique in a small project with quick results.

Give a hug. Make someone's day!

Friday, February 9, 2018

A Few More Fresh Cut Flowers

KT Winner

Congratulation to:
Barbara - Love the Fresh Cut Flowers lap quilt! Would love to win some KT scraps. Thank you for a chance to win. bfiresheets@bellsouth.net

Thanks for including your email address.

U-Pick Flowers

I enjoy the challenge of designing a quilt for each fabric collection based on the prints, colors and theme in the line. For Fresh Cut Flowers, I knew right away I wanted a jar full of blooms, but didn't know what the perfect background would be. It didn't take long to realize that simple was the way to go. I cut all the charm squares in half to create 2 triangles and began the process of laying them out every which way I could imagine. The diagonal setting fell into place because of the numbers of each of the colors in the charm pack. It's one of my new favorite charm patterns! We have KT Kut-ups precut fusible applique packs for U-Pick or kits that include the Kut-ups and buttons. Watch for them as soon as we have Fresh Cut Flowers in the store mid-March.

 Find the U-Pick charm pattern HERE.

KT Giveaway

This week, comment to win a U-Pick Flowers charm pattern OR another box of KT scraps. We'll select 2 winners next week.

Monday, February 5, 2018

KT February Special

Cozy Quilts and Comforts

Baby, it's cold outside! Now is the perfect time to curl up in your most comfy chair with a cup of your favorite warm beverage and new quilting book to inspire your creativity. Need a recommendation? My new Cozy Quilts and Comforts book. There are more than a dozen ideas for lap & bed size quilts, runners, table toppers, wall quilts and pillows in traditional piecing and my Layered Patchwork technique. Here are a few of the projects included in the book, published by my friends at Martingale.

All of the pictures in the book were taken at the KT Retreat upstairs over the KT Quilt Shop. Note the ladder used to hang multiple quilts for a fun display. I usually have a collection of vintage red/white/blue quilts and bunting draped on the ladder.


 Checkerboard Garden. One inch squares plus easy fusible applique creates a primitive garden perfect for your spring decorating.


Nothing is more cozy and cuddly than Moda's flannels. This easy quilt goes together in a flash. The vintage glider is a favorite spot for husband's patiently waiting for their wives in the quilt shop.

I love that I was able to include a variety of blocks and techniques, including fusible applique featuring our KT templates. Our Diamond template creates the Kaleidescope block using a 4-patch.
This cozy nook is in the bedroom upstairs in the KT Retreat.

Have I enticed you yet? Click HERE to find Cozy Quilts and Comforts at a very special price throughout the month of February for only $16.00 (retail value $27.99).That's almost half price! Your book will be signed by the author, Lynne Hagmeier (that's me). :)

Comment to win one of (3) copies of Cozy Quilts and Comforts.
Books will be shipped the middle of March after we return from our cruises.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Blockheads Week #48


I can't believe it's over! When the six of us gathered in the Moda booth at market more than 18 months ago to hatch a plan for a "dark side" block-of-the-week, 48 weeks of blocks sounded like forever! It's gone by in a blink. I've loved every week of each designer's blog posts and all the wonderful quilters who've shared their blocks on Facebook. Your response has blown me away! Thank you, thank you, to all my new Blockhead friends. Let's stay in touch.


Block #48 - Honeymoon by Carrie Nelson
This week's block comes to us from our Moda connection, Carrie (alias, Miss Rosie). Her blocks for this series have been fun to make and interesting to see in their various color interpretations. Kathy and Joy were of one mind this week, choosing to fussy cut Christmas prints and mix them with other KT fabrics. I appreciate both of them for making all 48 blocks - one traditionally pieced (Kathy) and the other made with my Layered Patchwork technique (Joy).

Click HERE to find Carrie's blog and the instructions for Honeymoon.


Click HERE to find my KT Layered Patchwork instructions. 

Question-of-the-week: 

Since we're sharing settings, 'fess up. Is your quilt finished? Or do you just have blocks and a plan?

If you could see me now, I would be laughing hysterically, wondering where 2017 went. Do I have a finished quilt? HA! I have a beautiful pile of blocks. Do I have a plan? Of course. Want to see?

I opted for an on point setting. Actually, Joy came up with the idea, but didn't know what to do with her straight set applique blocks. We collaborated on this design to highlight all the blocks. I really like the pieced blocks on point with setting squares between them. It adds a color plan so I won't have to remake blocks for a more scrappy overall look. I think Jan's blocks will shine set apart in the gold border. Love 'em. I'll need to make a few extra pieced blocks - 2 for the center and 4 for the corners. I chose to use 6 different fabrics for each color of the setting squares - 6 blacks, 6 greens, 6 golds, 6 purples and 6 navys, along with 6 reds for the setting triangles. I'll have plenty of leftovers to make the scrappy border. The quilt finishes 112" square - a really great size for king or queen beds. I can't wait to sleep under my Blockheads quilt, dreaming of quilters and 6" blocks. Is that weird???


I can't wait to see how all of you are planning to finish your quilts. Keep following & posting on the Blockheads FB page. You don't want to miss some exciting news coming soon. Stay tuned...

Monday, January 29, 2018

Thinking of Spring (& Cleaning)

KT Winners

Thanks to everyone who left such positive comments. It was a real mood booster. I'm definitely going through a bit of cabin fever this year between being stuck in the house sick for a while and no traveling. Usually, Robert and I are gone about a week to 10 days a month visiting & teaching at guilds and quilt shops. But I don't usually schedule much for December & January because of the weather. I miss seeing all of your smiling faces. We're sooooo looking forward to our cruises in a few weeks - lots of sunshine and lots of quilters. The perfect cure to the winter doldrums.

Amazingly, only about 3/4 of the giveaways are claimed, usually because I couldn't contact the winner directly via email. One good way to be sure I can contact you is to have your email address on your Google account. If I can click on your name in the comments section and go to your account, I can email you directly that you've won. Otherwise, you need to check back to see if you're the lucky winner. Just a thought...

Congratulations to our winners this week. The bag of Turnover triangles goes to:

Jackie Papallo- Oh, I love Turnovers, and you are one of the few designers that puts them out in your fabric lines. I'd be happy to help you clean those scraps out of your studio!
 And, the leftover strips go to:
Susan Smith -So glad you are feeling better! I love making scrappy quilts so either bag would be great but the strips would be my choice. 

 Thinking of Spring

Besides spring cleaning, I also have a delightfully spring-y project for you. Our newest fabric collection, Fresh Cut Flowers, is due in stores in March. Here's a look at the featured quilts for this collection from our booklet, Fresh Cut Flowers.

Fresh Cut Flowers 74"x84" lap quilt

Fresh Cut Flowers 112"x 112" king quilt

Simple construction in either traditional piecing or my Layered Patchwork technique make this scrappy quilt so much fun to assemble. The KT Melon and Wedge templates add a unique accent to the borders. Our KT Kut-ups precut fusible appliques make it easy to add a burst of springtime. We're offering either of these size quilts in a 7-month Block-of-the-Month (or more accurately, Chunk-of-the-Month).

So, here's what you'll receive over 7 months beginning in April - 
Lap Quilt (74” x 84”) - Fresh Cut Flowers booklet, Layer Cake, fabric for quilt top & binding,
KT Fresh Cut Flowers Kut-ups ($62.95), buttons and shipping - $224.00.
7 Month BOM - $32/month.
OR
King Quilt (112” x 112”)- Fresh Cut Flowers booklet, fat 1/8 bundle, fabric for quilt top & binding, KT Fresh Cut Flowers Kut-ups and shipping - $339.50.
7 Month BOM - $48.50/month

KT Melon & Wedge templates available at a special price for BOM participants:
                                KT Melon - retail $9.95 - $6.50
                                KT Wedge - retail $11.95 - $8.00


Call Robert or Joy today at the KT Quilt Shop to reserve your Fresh Cut Flowers kit or to sign up for the BOM. 785-488-2120.

Stay tuned for more Fresh Cut Flowers projects over the next few weeks with more giveaways.

If you didn't win this week - don't worry - I'm just getting started. I have another box of scraps from Harvest Hill and several ziploc bags of little scraps - squares and triangles from I-don't-remember-what-projects (not pictured). Comment this week to win one of these two giveaways.










Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Moda Blockheads Week #47


Only one more week to go until we all have some fun settings to share with you. If the weather is as cold where you live as it is in Kansas, this is the perfect time to stay in and sew, sew, sew.

Question of the Week:

Now that we're nearing the end, if you could start your blocks and quilt over again, is there anything you would have done differently?
Absolutely! I would have made at least one more set of blocks each week with a color plan in mind. Now that I have my setting in place, I'm finding I have too many of one color and not enough of another. Going back to remake them is more time consuming than making several at once while it's fresh. Oh well, next time....

Blockheads # 47 - Starry 9-Patch by Lisa Bongean

Lisa gives us another great star block with a 9-patch center and split star points. Both Kathy and Joy chose a red/tan/blue color scheme for their blocks. Great minds?

Click HERE for Lisa's instructions on her blog.



Click HERE for my Layered Patchwork option.

Check in with the other designer's to see their blocks this week:

Betsy -
Blog - http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/betsy.chutchian
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/betsy_chutchian/

Lisa B -
Blog - https://lisabongean.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/primitivegatherings.quiltshop/ or https://www.facebook.com/lisa.bongean
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/lisabongean/  or https://www.instagram.com/primitive_gatherings_quiltshop/  or  https://www.instagram.com/primitive_gatherings_ca/

Jan -
Blog - http://janpatek.blogspot.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/jan.patek.79?fref=nf
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/jan_patek_quilts/

Jo -
Blog - http://jomortonquilts.com/jos_journal/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/jomortonquilts/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE&fref=nf
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/joquilts/

Carrie -
Blog - http://blog.modafabrics.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/modafabrics/
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/modafabrics/