Monday, April 20, 2015

Heartfelt - A Christmas Collection

KT Winner

Congratulations to Elizabeth , who commented, " I am a collector of your fabric and this looks like a fun pattern. I take classes to be inspired." You're the winner of this week's KT giveaway. Please send your mailing address to to claim your Clara's Garden pattern & KT Wedge Template. Thanks to everyone who commented about taking quilting classes. Of all the various and interesting reasons, hanging out with other quilters tops the list. It's my favorite reason to teach, too!

From the Heart

From the Heart is KT's charm pattern for the Heartfelt fabric collection - my version of Christmas 2015. It features one charm pack, three fabrics and our new KT Melon Template. Half square triangles are pieced, then layered with the melons and little squares are added onto the corners for each block. The blocks are then just sewn together in rows. I can't wait to whip it up in other colorways, too - red/tan/blue, pumpkin/tan/brown, etc... What alternate colors would you choose?

Heartfelt charm pattern, From the Heart. Available in May.
Heartfelt fabric collection by KTQ. Arriving in May 2015.

I'm already collecting ideas for Christmas on Pinterest. So fun!

Simple ideas for fast & easy decorating. My kind of holiday!
 Comment here on your favorite Pinterest site - or ebay, etc - and you could win the new From the Heart charm pattern and KT Melon Template.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Still Playing...

Our week continued with a stop in Golden, IL with Hancock County Quilters

Two small quilt guilds threw a party and I was lucky enough to be their guest! Their one day event was hosted in the quaint little community of Golden, IL where they're famous for their working windmill from 1872. Robert and I both enjoyed the tour and history lesson of the windmill from our guide, Dave. After a morning workshop of Aleece's Charming Stars, we were treated to a delightful lunch of chicken salad, fresh fruit and of course, dessert, then continued with an afternoon trunk show.
Explaining the KT Layered Patchwork technique.

Several helpful quilters holding KT charm quilts.

The Hancock County Quilters

Their President, Sharon Anderson. Thanks for a great day playing with quilters!

Comment to win the Clara's Garden pattern & KT Wedge Template from Monday's post and we'll see you next week to introduce the new Heartfelt collection.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Playing with Quilters

Appleseed Quilters in Fort Wayne, IN

Robert and I hit the road right after the Easter Bunny stopped in for a week-long journey through Indiana and Illinois. Our first stop - Appleseed Quilt Guild. The ladies in a Monday evening workshop did a wonderful job whipping up their Seedlings runners made from just one charm pack. We added a few tans for fun to make melons with our KT Melon template. Piece the squares, add borders, sandwich, and layer the melons to stitch & quilt as you go. In just 3 hours, our industrious quilters were stitching melons! Don't you just love the brights, cheerful spring colors in this Seedlings runner?

The next day, we played with the projects in Clara's Garden - the lap quilt, Fresh-Picked runner and pillow topper. Here are some of the Appleseed quilter's own versions.

Black with red is classic but fresh.

Love those ocean blues and greens - so serene.

Got scraps? Awesome!

The pillow topper almost completed in just a couple hours.

Scrappy 9-patches and matching melons give the Raised Bed Garden quilt a new twist.

In just 3 hours, a Fresh-Picked runner is going to be finished. Great job!

The Back Door Quilt Shop, Greenwood, IN

Teri and Linda of Back Door Quilt Shop welcomed us to their shop for an evening trunk show and 1/2 day class. Storms were brewing, but that didn't stop the fearless quilters who came to check out all things KTQ that evening. The next day, their great workshop space was filled with eager ladies ready to make our new Clara's Garden Fresh-Picked Runner. Some were red, some purple, some in cool yellows and blues. All were lovely. By the end of the afternoon, I'd won over even the most skeptical in the group to my unique layered patchwork technique.

Red flowers sing for spring!

Is needle-turn applique your thing? Have it your way.

Bright & cheerful for spring.

The quilters at The Back Door Quilt Shop in Greenwood, IN showing off their projects after just 3 hours! You rock!

Since we've been playing with the Clara's Garden pattern and KT Wedge Template this week, we'll give one away! Comment on why you take quilting classes (or not!) for a chance to win. Check out Wednesday's post to see the rest of our week playing with quilters.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Quilting on the Oregon Trail

KT Winner

Congratulations to Janie! You're the winner of last week's blog giveaway - 3 Mini Table Treats patterns. Enjoy! Now you'll have a few more seasonal quilts for the seasons.
 Janie - I hang up different colored quilts to represent the seasons. I also change out runners and wall hangings.

California/Oregon Trail Center, Montpelier, Idaho

I joined my designer buddy, Pam Buda, Heartspun Quilts, in Montpelier, ID for a 3-day quilting event last weekend (hence, no blog post lately). The center sits on the historic site of Clover Creek campgrounds where brave and sturdy souls traditionally camped on the trail for 3 days. After trekking for 1000 miles from Independence, MO, they rested their weary animals before venturing on another 900 miles to Oregon City, OR where they would discover the location of their "free land" - sometimes back down the road to Idaho!

I shared my quilts in a trunk show with most unique backdrop ever - a reproduction 1852 General Store and covered wagon. So cool! The actual dirt from the Oregon Trail was on the stage!

Pam and I each taught 2 days of classes with a group of most hospitable quilters.Incredibly, several of the ladies had just returned from a trip to Missouri Star Quilt Co. and had stopped in Bennington at our shop to visit - too crazy! But not for quilters!

I always like to have some proof that I was working and not sight-seeing the whole time to prove to Robert and Jamie my trips are more than just fun. Here's Debbie who came to class with her Mom and sister and finished her Fresh-Picked Runner from Clara's Garden in blues. Lovely.

Saturday evening, Pam and I headed back Jackson Hole, WY to fly home and get a bite to eat at the Silver Dollar Saloon. I just had to get a picture of this sign. You don't see this in Kansas!

Heartfelt coming soon

When I returned home, a couple of quilting elves (Lois and Joy) had a pile of new Christmas quilts awaiting my arrival. The new Heartfelt collection is due in quilt shops next month so I was busy finishing up the patterns. Here's a sneak peek at Heart of the Home (89"sq. lap quilt). The booklet also includes a queen version, runner and pillow topper. Stay tuned for those and the charm pattern next time.

Off to Indiana

I better finish packing for my trip to Appleseed Quilt Guild in Fort Wayne, IN, Back Door Quilts in Greenwood, IN and Hancock Co. Piecemakers in Golden, IL this week. There's still time to come to the trunk shows and workshops. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

March so far...

KT Winner

Congrats to Kristy! You've won the Primitive Quilts & Projects Spring issue in anticipation of the Summer issue with Moda's Collections for a Cause quilt featured. Look for it at quilts shops or subscribe online. Don't miss a single issue!

Antiques and More

It's been a busy March so far with a couple of teaching trips, a fun antique weekend and spring break with the grankids. On top of all that, we FINALLY got our remodeling project done on our house - ok, almost done. Just a few minor paint touch-ups, window washing and lots of cleaning, but we're on the way. I love it! I found a few treasures to decorate our new space while in Arthur, IL at the antique shows. Here's a peek...
Robert questioned my sanity when I snapped up the mini windmill to hang in the peak over a window in the new living room. Who doesn't love a windmill in the country? He's warming up to it.

A primitive bird on an oil can and a cast iron foot feed with a star - looks like a towel rack to me!

One of the few old quilts I found this year. I can see the possibilities for future fabric lines in the lovely prints in this gem.

Love, love, love the red basket!

This is some kind of metal rake/grader to drag and scratch the surface of the ground before planting seeds. I see it hung on the wall with a wreath over it to change for the seasons. I love the rusty patina and it has a great wooden frame. Farm implements as wall decor? Welcome to my home!

 To Omaha and beyond

To prove it hasn't been all play and no work, Robert and I spent a couple days sharing quilts and teaching workshops in Omaha, NE. Several of the ladies had most of their pinwheel blocks in rows, but this industrious quilter made a wall quilt in one day!

Then on to Sioux Falls, SD where we met a bevy of delightful ladies all ready to whip up some Mini Table Treats. In just 3 hours, this was the result - what a fun group!

 In honor of the quilting ladies of South Dakota, we're offering a  trio of MTT patterns for giveaway this week - Springtime, Tic Tac Stars and Gathering Basket. Comment here about your favorite springtime ritual for decorating, cleaning or gardening. I'd love to hear your tips & tricks.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Collections for a Cause Quilt

KT Winner

Congratulations this week to: TanyaQuiltsinCO

You're the winner of V & Co's Color Theory charm pack & Jr. Jelly Roll. Vanessa is coming out with a line of basics that are all color graded solids. Her pattern designs featuring them are amazing! 

Primitive Quilts

Do you subscribe to Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine? If not, it might be a good time to sign up! Coming soon in their Summer 2015 issue (available early April) is a lovely quilt with blocks contributed by several Moda designers featuring Mr. Dunn's Collections for a Cause fabric. Blackbird Designs, Laundry Basket Quilts, Kathy Schmitz and others all made applique blocks for this stunning quilt. (Mine is the basket of poseys in the bottom right corner.) The simple pinwheel blocks set off the appliques perfectly and echo quilts from the past with a make-do attitude. Although I'm not much of an applique-er, this one is going on my bucket list!

Comment here to win the current issue of Primitive Quilts & Projects magazine - Spring 2015 - while you're waiting for the Summer issue to hit the newsstand. Want to catch up with back issues? Many of the previous issues of Primitive Quilts are sold out, but we have a few of Summer, Fall & Winter 2014 at KT Bernina Quilt Shop. Call Jamie at 785-488-2120 to check availability.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Mod Quilt Con Review

KT Winner

I'm a couple days late after being iced in at the Dallas airport, but the blog goes on!
Congratulations this week to :
Aggiequilter - Just goes to show that your patterns look great in all colors ! Would love to win Loose Change. Enjoy Austin and QuiltCon, wish I was going but life intervenes ... 

 Mod Quilt Con

What an eye opener! So many intriguing designs and ideas and colors - Oh my! After spending 3 days with quilters from all over the country with a variety of tastes and talents, it was obvious that no matter the fabric or technique, quilters are quilters wherever you go. I met so many delightful ladies and shared my layered patchwork technique. Whether it's KT or brights or anything in between, it all works beautifully. Many of the ladies knew KT, some were even big fans, some had never heard of us. No matter, the passion for creating and joy of quilting bonds us together. I was expecting a younger crowd, but was pleasantly surprised by the many mother/daughter duos roaming the show floor looking for new ideas. Also, alot of quilters who loved brights, but lived with KT colors. I'd say that's a great compromise! Here are a few highlights from my trip to Austin.

Jen Kingwell, Moda designer, hanging out in the Moda booth playing games (literally!). Love her scrappy, eclectic look!

Here are a couple of pictures proving I really was working while at Mod Quilt Con. I demonstrated our new KT Wedge and Melon Templates in the Modern Cotton booth (Quilt Haus owner & designer, Deanne Moore). Shown here - Clara's Garden in KT fabrics and Seedlings Runner started in V & Co's Color Theory by Moda. I love her new graded color Jr. Jelly Roll strips - too fun! It's the perfect partner for her bright prints.

Our trip was full of new sights and smells as we ate and shopped our way through Austin. One evening, Robert and I enjoyed live music at Bangar's brew pub and sausage house. Their menu boasted over 50 beers and 30 sausages. Really. I had chicken, spinach & sun-dried tomato sausage that was soooo yummy!

And of course, we had to spend some quality time with our friends, Jenny & Ron Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Co. Jenny was in Austin promoting MSQC and their cool new Mod Block magazine. I wonder how many photos were taken of her with quilters??? We're plotting and planning lots of fun on the two cruises we're teaching together next year in January and April. Go to Cruisin' with Jenny & Lynne for more information. 

For this week's giveaway, a Color Theory charm pack and Jr. Jelly Roll (20 strips). It's a whole lot of spring cheer in a little package. Comment here to win!