Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Blockheads II

Week #44 - Candy Stripper by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique

When I make so many diverse blocks for a sampler quilt, as with our Blockheads II project, I like that Vanessa's simple 12" checkerboard & stripe block can be used in a corner or between busier blocks for a visual resting place. Easy to make and easy on the eyes. Done in my new KT Favorites III red/tan/blues, I'm loving it!

Find Vanessa's Candy Stripper block instructions HERE.

Be sure to visit all the Blockheads this week. You don't want to miss a thing!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

More On Meadowlark Pond

KT Winner

Congratulations to the winner of our KT fat quarter 8-pack!

T Holzer - I don't have a whole lot of fat quarters, but when I visit a quilt shop and I'm not really "buying" that day, I try to buy 4 FQs to support the store. I just buy what I love so I have the most KT FQs! When I get home, I fold them all the same...quartered both width and length wise and then they get stored according to colour. They are all stacked in a glass curio cabinet and I can always see what I have. But the bad thing for me and FQs is that once I buy them, I don't want to sew with them!!! I want to collect and keep them!!! Thanks so much for this chance.
Thanks for commenting. I totally agree with you - it's hard to cut into fat quarters. They look so good all tied up in stacks! I save a fat quarter bundle of each fabric line I design and swear I won't cut into them - no matter what. Just a few have a small square out of one corner when I was desperate. Maybe I need to save two fat quarter bundles!

I didn't have a chance to post while we were traveling, so we also have a winner of the new Meadowlark's Song pattern. Congrats to:
 Lorna Weber - The new pattern is lovely. It showcases your new fabrics perfectly. I will be looking for these locally in the next few weeks. Thanks for sharing.

Please send your shipping address to and Robert will send it right out. Enjoy your pattern and check out the other designs available below.

On Meadowlark Pond is almost here!

We're rather impatiently waiting for my new spring collection, On Meadowlark Pond, to arrive. The weather in Kansas is still cold and icy, but I'm ready for some spring sewing, how about you?

The Meadowlark's Song quilt is shown above, featuring a Layer Cake and traditional piecing instructions. I also designed a Jelly Roll project called Bird Watching that can be made using my Layered Patchwork technique or traditional piecing in scrappy or red colorways.

Our charm pattern for this line is Meadowlark Baskets. Cute little baskets traditionally pieced sport fused bias handles for easier construction. A charm plus a few fabrics is all you need to have a spring-y accent for your home.

If you want to be one of the first on your block to get a piece of On Meadowlark Pond, join our KT Collector's Club. You'll receive 6 fat quarters of assorted colors and prints from the collection, a mini charm pack, and the charm pattern for only $25 postage paid (that's a $28.50 value!). We're assembling our club packs now, so call the store and sign up today! 785-488-2120

Comment to win a charm pack and the new Meadowlark Baskets pattern. Share with us your thoughts on precuts such as charms, Layer Cakes and Jelly Rolls - love them? collect them? search for patterns especially for them? I'd love to hear from you.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Moda Blockheads II

Block #43 - Mosaic by Brigitte Heitland

An cool take on the square-in-a-square block. Easy piecing shows off your favorite fabric or some fussy cutting in the center square, if you like. I opted for more red/tan/blues with a feature print in the center. I might make more of these to scatter around my quilt.

Find the instructions for Mosaic on Brigitte's blog HERE.

Check out all the latest Blockheads II news with these lovely ladies:

Saturday, February 2, 2019

KT February Special

Time to Stock Up

It's a new year with a whole new list of projects to make. Make sure you never run out of basics in your stash with our KT 8-packs of fat 1/4 bundles. We choose our best tone-on-tones, small prints and blenders - all in one color per pack - to round out your stash for the coming months. Fat quarters usually retail for around $3.25-3.75 each. Our KT 8-packs are on sale for only $20 (that's only $2.50 each) plus FREE SHIPPING thru the month of February. Pick your color pack and we'll do the rest!

Find our KT fat quarter 8-packs HERE.

Want to win an 8-pack of your choosing? Comment here on how you collect/store your fat quarter collection. I'm enjoying everyone's ideas.

Note: Robert is with me in Florida for a week teaching. He will ship your fabric as soon as he returns. Thanks for you patience.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Moda Blockheads II

Block #42 - Around the Corner by Carrie Nelson

A square in a square in a square in a square in a 9-patch in a 9-patch. That would be a great name for this block! Carrie offers us a chance to practice adding triangles to all four sides of a square and see if it is still square. An accurate 1/4" seam allowance and careful pressing go a long way to making this block perfectly perfect.

Find the instructions for Around the Corner HERE.

I'm using the red/tan/blues from my new KT Favorites III fabric collection for my Blockheads II blocks. Loving how it's turning out! I'll be showing more of the fabrics and projects soon.

See what everyone else is doing this week:

Monday, January 28, 2019

On Meadowlark Pond - Coming Soon!

KT's newest fabric collection, On Meadowlark Pond, is coming soon to a quilt shop near you. We're looking for a mid-February arrival of bolts and precuts with a colorful breath of spring in KT's freshest colors yet.

Click HERE to download the chart of prints and fabric numbers. To read this SKU chart, the print number is on the left side with the color number across the top. If you're looking for the main print for On Meadowlark Pond in black, it's #9590-19 (print#-color#). Print and keep for a handy wish list.

The featured project for this collection is Meadowlark's Song. One of Robert's collections is bird feeders, so we are never without the songs of nature around our yard. The meadowlark's melody is a favorite. Traditional piecing and strategic color placement create a dynamic quilt that sings spring every day in your home. Patterns & kits are available as soon as fabric arrives.

Win a Meadowlark's Song pattern by commenting here.

Thanks to everyone who follows along with my blog. I love hearing from you and appreciate your input. What do you want to see from Kansas Troubles in the future? What's your favorite KT fabric or pattern? Where's your favorite place to buy KTQ?

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Looking forward to Sunshine

KT Winner

 Congratulations to this week's winner:

Angelia Lanouette - Oh my, you have been very busy! I grew up in New Hampshire and I am very familiar with the beautiful beaches of Maine. Ogunquit and Kennebunk are some of our favorites. Further up the coast is Bar Harbor and the absolutely beautiful Acadia National Park where you can be the first to see sunrise from top of Cadillac Mountain...the highest point on the US east coast. I think I need to check out the Elephant's Trunk flea market on our way home from our yearly trip to NH to visit family. :)

I'd love to hear any tips or tricks you have for keeping your sewing room organized. I've promised myself I'm not moving anything into my new studio unless it really is part of my productive work process (or fun inspirational decor :). Anyone else have a problem with collecting charms/fat quarters/mini charms just because they're so darn cute? Now, I have to collect cute containers to store them in, too! Oh well, the best laid plans...

2019 Begins with a Road Trip - Heading South

Robert and I are off to several locations for trunk shows & workshops the first 10 days of February. We'll start at The Cherry Pit Quilt Shop in Sevierville, TN on Jan.31-Feb1. The trunk show is Thursday evening with a workshop featuring Pumpkin Seeds on Friday. I think Jan has a few openings for both, so be sure to call for reservations. I'd love to meet you! The Cherry Pit - 865-453-4062.

We have the whole weekend to play and plan to celebrate our 32nd anniversary (Feb.13) while we're gone. The weather has been so cold and snowy in Kansas, we're tickled to be heading to warmer temperatures. Just sitting outside will be a treat!

On Feb. 5 & 6th, we'll be visiting The Villages Quilt Guild. Trunk show is at the guild meeting Tuesday evening with a workshop on my 30-Something lap quilt on Wednesday. Still a couple spots available for the workshop and always room for more at the guild meeting. We'd love to see you there!

We travel down the road to Country Roads Quilt Guild in Ocala, FL on Thursday evening for a trunk show at their guild meeting. I'll teach a simple way to piece the traditional Hunter's Star block featuring a Honey Bun and our KT Diamond Template for a Rustic Stars lap quilt in the workshop on Friday. Contact the guild at for more information.

While I'm gone, comment to win a Pumpkin Seeds booklet AND a Prairie Cactus booklet. Do you like to take classes? Does your guild offer classes?

Would you like me to come to your guild to teach? I'm filling up my 2020-21 calendar quickly. Please contact me for information on KT workshops/trunk shows.