Monday, April 16, 2018

Still Wishing for Spring

KT Special for April

It snowed here in Kansas last weekend after temps hitting the 80's thru the week. Crazy! I don't know how to dress in the morning - t-shirt & sandals or a winter coat.  Boy, do we all need some Fresh Cut Flowers right now. Our April KT Special is Fresh Cut Flowers' fat quarter bundles for only $99 (retail $135). Robert said we have a few left at this special price, so don't delay, order yours today. 

KT Winner

Congratulations to Bonnie58 - you've won the new Fresh Cut Flowers booklet and a box of scraps from the new projects. Thanks for commenting and helping me clean up my studio.
 
Bonnie58 -We are still in a nasty cold snap which is supposed to hang around until mid-April. I am getting desperate for spring. Thanks so much for sharing. I love the new pattern.
 

U-Pick Flowers

When Moda first came out with Charm Packs, I challenged myself to design a small project using just 1 charm pack plus a couple fabrics for each of my fabric collections. It's still one of my favorite things. The charm pattern for Fresh Cut Flowers is especially fun with our KT Kut-ups precut fusible appliques. Traditionally pieced half squares create diagonal rows of color that offer the perfect backdrop for a Mason jar full of blooms. So simple, so fresh, so spring!
 
U-Pick Flowers Charm Quilt

The name of the quilt was inspired by this wonderful vintage find - an orchard sign with wooden letters - U-PICK - on both sides. It hangs in my east windows in front of red/tan ticking stripe curtains. I love it! This morning the sun was shining (wahoo!) and creating a glare, so I laid it on the dining table. I'll try to get a picture of the whole window later.


 

Are any of you antique lovers, too? I have shelves full of vintage quilts and quilt tops that I need to edit/sell/share. In addition, I have quite a few 30-50's vintage finds that just don't fit into my KT theme anymore, but worked in the retreat bedroom at one time. As I have time, I plan to post items for sale on our website. Watch for the KT Attic coming soon!

Me & My Friend Quilt Retreat

If you're a quilter today, you know the name Jenny Doan and Missouri Star Quilt Company. I'm blessed to say Jenny is a good friend. We have such busy schedules we try to plan a couple of teaching events together each year to be able to hang out and catch up. We've been teaching on quilting cruises for several years and have openings on next year's cruises in March (more on that later). Diane Erickson, of Eternity Quilt Events, has organized a wonderful weekend for us at the Hilton Mission Valley in San Diego in September 2018. Take a look at this little video we put together on the last cruise.


Me & My Friend Quilt Retreat   

Interested in spending a few days with Jenny and me? We'll each have a trunk show of quilts and teach a full day class and a half day class. Plus, there are lots of options for fun activities in the area. Contact Diane for more information. We'd love to have you and your friend join us!



KT Giveaway

Comment this week to win the U-Pick charm pattern and a Fresh Cut Flowers charm pack. You'll be on your way to stitchin' up some springtime blooms in no time!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Getting Ready for Spring

KT Winner

This week's winner of the KT Collector's Club Fresh Cut Flowers Pack is:
 
Janie -What a great giveaway. It will help those of us who remain unsure if they want to commit to a fun club. Thanks a bunch!

Please email your shipping address to lynne@ktquilts.com along with what you've won. Robert will send it right out. Sounds like everyone is ready for a little springtime. Check out what we have for you this week.

 

Ohio's One Stop Shop Hop

If you live in Columbus/Dayton area, come join me this weekend at the area's OneStopShopHop at the Nutter Center in Fairborn, OH. It's the first time they've invitied a designer to their event, so let's make it a good time! I'll be teaching Rustic Stars on Thursday, April 5 and sharing my quilts in a trunk show on Friday, April 6th at noon. I'd love to meet you there!

KT April Special

April showers will bring our new KT Fresh Cut Flowers booklet and fabric! This month's special is our Fresh Cut Flowers fat 1/4 bundle for only $99, or the new Fresh Cut Flowers booklet for only $11.95 - that's a 25% savings! Choose one, or both for a fresh start to spring stitching.

Fresh Cut Flower Booklet #11.95 (retail $15.95)

The Fresh Cut Flowers booklet includes instructions for the lap quilt, king size quilt, runner, wall quilt and pillow.The wall quilt is the center of the lap quilt with four blue flower appliques. It makes the perfect welcome for your home entryway.

Fresh Cut Flowers Fat 1/4 Bundle $99 (retail $135)

Comment this week to win a Fresh Cut Flowers booklet and bag of scraps! Are you ready for spring?

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Just Arrived...

Fresh Cut Flowers is Here!

On a cold, windy March day, the UPS guy backed up his truck with dozens of boxes from Moda full of sunshine. Yes, sunshine can come in a cardboard box. As we opened the boxes, full of my new Fresh Cut Flowers fabric collection, the KT Quilt Shop brightened a little, welcoming it's new arrivals. All of us were smiling as we pulled one bolt after another from the boxes, "oohing" and "aahing" and petting and fondling the pretty floral prints in happy spring colors. Robert rearranged the store displays to feature the new quilts, stacking precuts of all sizes to tempt shoppers. The store was blooming with Fresh Cut Flowers!


The Fresh Cut Flowers lap quilt is hanging on the wall. Windmills and Fence Posts are draped over the ironing board and table. The U-Pick Flowers charm quilt is to the right, but kinda dark, so here's another look. Find the pattern/kit HERE.


Are you signed up for our Fresh Cut Flowers 7-Month Block-of-the-Month? We're offering either the lap quilt of king size option beginning the middle of April. You'll receive all the fabrics you need for the quilt top/binding, precut needed, KT Kut-ups precut fusible appliques, buttons and booklet plus free shipping for $32/month lap quilt or $48/month king quilt. Wouldn't you love to awaken each morning curled up under this quilt? Call the store to reserve your space. We have a few spots open. KT Quilt Shop - 785-488-2120.


Do you follow the new KT fabric introductions? Would you like to have a little bit of what's new several times a year? Join our KT Collector's Club! Each time a new KT fabric line arrives, we send out a sampling of 6 fat quarters, a mini charm pack and the charm pattern for that collection to our faithful KT fans for only $25 - FREE shipping. Robert also includes the fabric swatch chart with the 40 prints for the collection in your packet (see the link below). We want you to be the first in your quilting group to have the newest KT fabric. Fresh Cut Flowers' Collectors Club is shipping this week, so don't miss it!

KT Collector's Club

To celebrate the arrival of the new fabric, we're giving away a Collector's Club pack this week . Comment to win a sampling of Fresh Cut Flowers fat quarters, a mini charm and the U-Pick Flowers charm pattern. Happy Spring & Happy Easter!

Fresh Cut Flowers Swatch Chart

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

It's Good to be Home

 Home Again

We slept at home last night after being on the road for almost 3 weeks, driving to and from Florida and teaching on 2 quilting cruises in a row. It was good to sleep in my own bed - especially because it wasn't moving! The first week of cruising, we had gloriously calm seas and happy cruisers/quilters all around. The ladies worked on a 9-patch batik quilt with Jenny, finished a delightful quilted bag with Judy and her amazing Baby Lock Crescendo embroidery machine, and pieced a wall quilt with seasonal button-ons with me. For Week #2, we welcomed another 100 quilters who were anxious to start sewing. They got their wish when the waves were so high we couldn't port in the Bahamas the first day as planned. What to do? Start classes a day early! We made lemons into lemonade and had a delightful second week, as well. I love to share my Layered Patchwork technique and spend time with quilters, listening to their personal stories. All in all, a great adventure. Thanks to everyone who made the voyage with us one to remember. 

Technical Issues

 While we were away, our ktquilts.com website/emails quit working. No one can explain why - "Technical issues" was the explanation. So, if you tried to place an order or email KTQ between about February 25th and March 5th and have not received a reply, please call to make sure we received your email/order. All is good and  we're back online again. 

KT Winners

There are lots of winners to announce this week, so let's get to it!

The winner of the Windmills & Fence Posts pattern is:
Gwynette in NW Arkansas - Windmills and Fence Posts sounds so "Kansas". My daughter lives in Clay Center and we love your shop. Thank you for simplifying the log cabin into a great looking quilt!!!

The winner of 3 KT Fresh Cut Flowers Mini Charms is:
Donna Lee Lurker - I would love to win the Mini-Charms quilt book! I've missed the Blockheads weekly get-together. I hope you'll be participating in Blockheads II!

The winner of a Mini Charms ebook by Martingale is:
Cheree @ That Morning Latte- This book looks like so much fun, and one that I would make most, if not all, of the projects from!


The winner of the Through the Year Again pattern is:
Roxanne B -Your designs are wonderful as usual. I'd love to learn the layered technique and more about the cruise.


The winners of last week's scrap boxes are:
Judy Zoll - Mostly I use Bonnie Hunter's system, except for my KT scraps which have their own special place. I am currently working on a scrap quilt using my KT fabrics so my drawer is getting depleted. What a great time to win some more KT fabrics. Through the years I have gone from one style to another, but I have never tired of the KT fabrics. Keep up the good work.

WhiteEagle - I keep my various half square triangles, sorted by size, in clear shoe boxes that take up two shelves in a bookcase. My strips go in a bin that I try to use daily for strip blocks and also use them for beginning and ending sewing. That way I'm always doing two projects at once. My larger squares are used in four patches and sorted like the half square triangles and also for start and end sewing if I run out of strips.


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

More Cleaning ...

KT Giveaway

I'm still uncovering bags and bundles and boxes of scraps leftover from quilting projects over the past year or two. My baskets and bins are overflowing, so I'd like to share with you. Here are two more assortments of scraps for our giveaway this week. 

Scraps #1 - Gooseberry Lane & assorted red/tan/black scraps
I think several of these prints were used for Christmas projects like the Gooseberry Runner, below, but some are Harvest Hill, too. Included are several different reds, tans and a couple blacks.

Assorted KT Scraps #2 (including some Fresh Cut Flowers)
Not sure where this bag of scraps came from. It has quite a few 2 1/2" strips from a couple different lines, plus a chunk of backing (gold dots). Great for scrappy projects.

I have bins for strips and squares, fat 1/8's and fat 1/4's by color and folded yardage on shelves. When I come to the end of chunk of fabric, I cut it into strips or squares to add to my bins. Lately, odd pieces and parts seem to be taking over every flat surface! Comment on how you keep scraps of all sizes from over-running your sewing space. I could use a few pointers.




Thursday, March 1, 2018

Cruisin' into March

KT March Special 

While you're reading this, Robert and I are teaching (or rather, playing with quilters) on a quilting cruise with Jenny and Ron Doan (Missouri Star Quilt Co). Jenny and I plan workshop trips together just so we have time to hang out. Both of our lives are crazy busy, so it works out great!

I'm teaching a sampler style wall quilt to share my Layered Patchwork technique with the ladies on the ship. It includes a wonky cemter star, rows of flying geese, a checkerboard border and pinwheels in the corners. We'll learn all the basics to tackle virtually any KTQ pattern using Layered Patchwork.

Through the Year Again


In addition, there are four seasonal button-ons featuring our KT Kutups precut fusible appliques. See the buttons in the corners of the red border? Hang the quilt once, change it for the seasons!
Bloomin' Basket 14" sq.

Happy Birthday, America 14" sq.

Joy of the Season 14" sq.

Autumn Harvest 14" sq.

Comment this week to win a Through the Year Again pattern or find it on our website HERE for the March Special price of only $8 (retail $10.95).

Joy is busy making kits, too. ($119.95 including all fabrics for quilt top/binding/button-ons with KT Kut-ups). Give her a call to order yours today! 785-488-2120





Wednesday, February 28, 2018

New Book, New Giveway

It's so fun for me to share with you the new book from Martingale featuring mini charm packs. Our creative genius at Moda, Lissa Alexander, has gathered 17 projects from Moda designers who love to play with precuts. The variety is amazing! Be sure to check out all the designer's blog posts - and Martingale's All Stars Mini Charms - to see more of the unique quilts in this book.


Not only is Mini Charm Quilts full of delightful little quilts, the pictures are pure eye candy. Isn't the wire basket on the cover a great way to display little quilts? I'm going to dig into my cupboard to find a few (and will no doubt have to make a few from the book) to fill a wire basket.




This is my offering to the Mini Quilts book. I've used my Five and Dime Layered Patchwork technique, utilizing the pinked edges to layer little tan squares over the 2 1/2" dark squares for a stairstep effect. It goes together so quickly! Perfect for a table top or to tuck into a basket.



Love, love this little blue & white beauty. So simple, yet so effective. Don't you love the salt shakers under the cloche? It makes the collection look so special.


This cute pillow caught my eye right away. The tiny little blocks (adorable) create a heartfelt message that isn't overly cutesy or only just for Valentine's Day (although it would be awesome in scrappy reds).

It's a great idea to buy a Mini Charm to match each new quilt you start to have just the right pieces for a coordinating pillow. It gives your home decor that Martha Stewart touch.

See anything you like? Wouldn't you love to win an e-copy of the book and a few of my Fresh Cut Flowers Mini Charms? I can make that happen! Comment here and I'll pick a winner when I return from teaching on my quilting cruises in a couple weeks.