Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A Little more Oak Haven

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Crickets Corner - Fall is my favorite season. I love the colors and how everything starts to wind down from the hectic days of summer. Love the Acorn Medley wall hanging, it's perfect for welcoming the season. You do know that now I will be on the hunt for an Acorn thimble holder from now on. Rina

Congrats, Rina. You're the winner of our Acorn Medley pattern and Oak Haven charm pack. You're on your way to a beautiful fall season!

Missouri River Quilt Guild

We had a wonderful day with the ladies in Jefferson City, MO last week. I was so impressed with the wide variety of Twisted quilts they made in just a few hours. Here's a sampling from their guild meeting that evening.

Twisted Workshop - brights, darks and in between.

I love that several quilters chose to make the Twisted wedges all the same color, but different fabrics. The purple queen size strip is awesome!
 Thanks to all of you for your hospitality and kind words of encouragement. It filled my soul.

Oak Haven is Here!

I've heard so many positive comments and excitement from quilters who've seen the Oak Haven fabric and projects. It's one of my all time favorite KT fall collections to date. You've seen many of the projects over the past few weeks - Oak Haven lap quilt, runner & pillow sleeve, Argyle Sox lap and runner, and last week, the Acorn Medley charm pattern. This week, I want to share our newest addition to the KT family - KT Kut-ups. Our precut fusible applique packs make our Oak Haven lap quilt so much easier to assemble. We found a local quilter's husband who has been laser cutting her  appliques for years. When he asked if we were interested, I jumped at the chance. There are more than 300 individual applique pieces in the Oak Haven lap quilt. It's a fabulous time and hand/finger saver. We're planning more Kut-ups for the Acorn Medley charm quilt and more. Oak Haven lap quilt Kut-ups $38.95 retail.

Oak Haven lap quilt Kut-ups pack - $38.95 retail
 This KT Kut-ups pack has all the leaves, acorns, flowers and berries, ready to fuse to your quilt top.

Oak Haven lap quilt 66" x 72"

One more project from the Oak Haven booklet, especially for applique lovers, is our Harvest runner. Two fabrics plus a charm pack for the appliques, is all you need to create a delightful tribute to the fall season. So simple, so easy! Even easier with our Kut-ups pack, available soon.

Is it fall where you live? We finally threw open all the windows and are reveling in the cooler days and crisp nights. Truly quilt weather. Comment to win a scrap box of Oak Haven fabric leftover from all the different projects.

Stay tuned next week for the announcement of the October Special!  

Monday, September 19, 2016

Fall-ing for Acorns

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Congrats to Sorcha Girl from Iowa. You're the winner of our KT Diamond Templates.

Jamie received confirmation that Oak Haven is arriving this week. Woohoo! We'll have everything on the website after Robert and I return.

Our slightly sunburned smiling faces are on a plane today coming back from Huntington Beach. We enjoyed our time with the ladies at Orange Grove Quilt Guild -and a couple of lazy days at the beach. Now we're off to Jefferson City, Missouri on Tuesday to share with the Missouri River Quilt Guild. More to come next week.

Acorn Medley
If you've followed my blog for a while, you may have noticed I'm slightly addicted to acorns - sewing notions, thimble holders, charms, book ends and finials - made of wood, fabric, wool, vegetable ivory, glass..... it really doesn't matter as long as it's an acorn. Why? Your guess is as good as mine. I loved collecting them as a kid, making jewelry and fall "decor". Mom was gracious enough to display my prized creations - tiny wreaths and candle wraps - but explained they had to be thrown out after a couple weeks so they wouldn't draw bugs. Worked for me. I could make all new decor next year! Here's a sampling of my collection.

wooden acorn finial

vegetable ivory thimble holders

wool acorns

bird pincushion holding an acorn

iron acorn candle holder

acorn thimble holders in wood & ivory

more acorns - green glass acorn is perfume holder

acorn sewing stuff - note the acorn snaps in top right cubby

bowl of KT fabric acorns with real acorn caps - so cute!

So, if you ever run across an acorn thimble holder, think of me!

When I think fall, I think leaves and acorns. Here's my version of a bushel of fall packed into a small quilt. One charm pack plus 3 fabrics is all you need to make this delightful reminder of the bounty of the season. The Acorn Medley charm pattern is available now. We'll have precut applique packs soon!

Acorn Medley charm quilt - 32" square

Comment this week to win our Acorn Medley charm pattern and charm pack. You'll have a good start on your fall decorating.

Monday, September 12, 2016

More Fall-ing in Love with Oak Haven

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Congratulations to our Oak Haven booklet winner this week:
Renea -My favorite season is Fall. I love to decorate the whole house with the colors of Fall. This booklet would be of great inspiration to my decorating. Thanks for the great giveaway.

Stay tuned all month for more great fall projects!

Sunny California

Robert and I are visiting the Orange Grove Quilt Guild in Garden Grove, CA this week sharing a trunk show Tuesday morning at their guild meeting. On Wednesday, I'll be teaching a Clara's Garden workshop featuring our KT Wedge and layered patchwork. If you're in the area, I'd love to meet you! For more info, call Christi 562-243-1675 or Susan 714-235-2462 (workshop).

Clara's Raised Bed Garden lap quilt for workshop

Window Box Runner for workshop

We're taking a couple of days to enjoy the beach, our last break before market frenzy begins. We'll fly home to visit the Missouri River Quilt Guild in Jefferson City, MO on Tuesday, September 20th.Christa has all the details at johnchrista.george.gmail.com. Join us!

Twisted Workshop, September 20th - So adorable in brights!

Argyle Sox 

Don't you just love a warm & cozy pair of argyle sox in winter? My husband, Robert, has a couple pair of alpaca sox he calls his "happy sox" because they keep his feet so warm it makes him smile. :)  I played with my new KT Diamond Templates and figured out a way to make a striking argyle pattern easily. Our strippy quilt is 2 fabrics sewn together, alternating medium/dark prints. I layered/fused 2 small diamonds over a large diamond to create the effect, then simply laid them end-to-end on the seam lines and topstitched. So fast & easy!

Argyle Sox Lap Quilt 66" x 78"   JR + 2 fabrics
I can see this done up in school colors for cuddling in the stands at football games or a dorm room. What colors would you choose?

Argyle Sox Runner
I love the 4th of July and try to make a new red/tan/blue project each year. This runner lived on my kitchen table all summer as a great backdrop for my holiday decor without competing for attention. I can't wait to finish my fall version with leftover JR strips and rich chocolate browns. Here's the computer generated version.

 Both of these projects are found in our new Oak Haven booklet (click here), available now at ktquilts.com. Win our set of KT Diamond Templates to make these projects by commenting on your favorite team colors. More Oak Haven quilts to come next week!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Fall-ing in Love with Oak Haven

KT Winner

Congratulations to:
Maribeth Cleveland - I love Sweet As Honey and need some Oak Haven because I live near Raleigh NC which is nicknamed City of Oaks.
You're the winner of our September Special Honeycomb Combo. Hope you enjoy making something sweet! 
If you didn't win this amazing bundle of Honeycomb delights, it's not too late to order. Check it out at ktquilts.com. 

Oak Haven

I'm thrilled to share my latest fall fabric collection, Oak Haven. The prints are great for autumn themed projects or manly quilts while still blending beautifully with all KT lines. I'm obsessed with the tone-on-tone dots & swirls in every color and the selection of background tans in this line. Our tans are a little brighter, the darks are a little richer. Life is good.

Oak Haven fabric swatches
The featured project for this collection is our Oak Haven lap quilt. Rows of appliqued oak leaves, acorns, flowers and berries are bordered by layered patchwork rows of framed pinwheels, stars and flying geese. A Layer Cake offers the variety for the blocks and appliques. I chose navy as the background for the flying geese with the green leaf print outer border, but a red/brown combo would be warm and cozy, too.
 If you hadn't noticed, there's alot of applique on my Oak Haven projects. I loved the leaf motif in the large print so just went for it! We'll have precut fusible appliques in kits for the lap quilt and a couple more projects soon! What a time saver (and thumb saver!). 

Oak Haven Lap Quilt 66"x72"

 Here's a look at the Oak Haven Runner using a charm pack plus pumpkin, tan and brown. So fast with our precut applique packs.

 You know by now I love my interchangeable pillow sleeves, and this one is no exception. A charm pack provides the scrappiness, while my simple flying geese frame it perfectly. A must have coordinate for the lap quilt.

There are several other projects in the Oak Haven booklet I'll be sharing in the next few weeks. 

Oak Haven booklet (8" x 8") 6 projects -  retail $15.95

This week, I'm offering an Oak Haven booklet to one lucky winner. The fabric ships sometime this month (you'll hear me squealing as the UPS truck unloads a dozen huge boxes of bolts and precuts). Some of it just might be part of our weekly giveaways. Stay tuned...

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

September Special

KT Winner

Congratulations to:
Sue Hageman -OMG, I have been wanting to schedule a retreat at your lovely place. Where is your calendar? Do I need to call? Happy Happy dance!

You're the winner of the $40 KT Retreat deposit! Gather a group of your quilting friends and call Jamie for available dates. Hope to see you next year!

Missouri Star Quilt Co.

I spent several days last week in Hamilton, MO, teaching at a quilting retreat. Yes, it's the home of Missouri Star Quilt Company. Yes, I shopped in every one of the 13 wonderful shops. Yes, I got to hang out with Jenny. You all know her from the more than 300 fast & easy tutorials on Youtube. We met several years ago and our quilty brains just clicked. Her ingenious method for creating multiple blocks from a single, simple block is amazing to me. I appreciate her "quilting for everybody" attitude. Now, we plan joint working events to spend time together, including our quilting cruises. (More on that at another time.)

Here she is, sewing at lightning speed to prepare blocks for a new tutorial - a Disappearing or Magical Pinwheel of some sort, no doubt.

Jenny always has a smile while doing what she loves most - piecing!
Jenny and I offered trunk shows and two workshops each over a 4-day retreat with 40 delightful quilters from all over the US and Canada. The positive energy and enthusiasm was so contagious! I shared my layered patchwork technique using the 30-Something quilt as an example. Most of the ladies tried a block & loved the simplified piecing. Several made multiple blocks that will result in gorgeous quilts. Here's my version of 30-Something from our KT book Layers of Love.

 This traditional double star block at its most basic level is a simple 9-patch. By layering triangles and squares on the backgrounds and topstitching, you've eliminated seams, bulk and pressing errors. Jenny made a block in the time it took for me to do my initial tutorial - less than 30 minutes!

30-Something block using Layered patchwork.

KT Prairie Christmas fabric - experimenting with a charm pack.

Vibrant batiks make this block sing!

A dozen blocks planned in shades of blue take on a mellow note.

One quilter's purple passion plays out perfectly with layered triangles & squares.

It's so fun to see each quilters' perspective on my designs with the wide variety of color choices. I loved each and every one of them! Thanks to all of you who attended. It was a memorable event for me. I hope to hear from you soon with pictures of your projects.

September Special

Our Sunflower Song specials for August were such a big hit, Robert is at it again with another amazing sale for September. One of his favorite quilts is from my pattern, The Bees Knees. It starts with Moda's precut Layer Cake and Honeycomb combo to make a unique lap quilt. With a few additional fabrics, either of these easy layered projects can be completed in a hurry. They're
perfect for anyone on your Christmas list.

The Bees Knees

Sweet as Honey

The top row shows how centering a Honeycomb precut on a Layer Cake square, topstitching, cutting into fourths, and sewing four different quarters together, results in a cool, scrappy block with lots of personality & dimension for the Sweet as Honey quilt. The Bees Knees quilt is even easier, positioning a quarter of a Honeycomb on each corner of a Layer Cake square & topstitching. When you sew layered squares together in rows, the Honeycombs reappear! The Honeycomb ruler is show at bottom right with placement lines for either project.

Would you like to try one of these easy quilts? In our Honeycomb Combo, we have The Bees Knees pattern with both quilt options, our KT Honeycomb Ruler AND a Paisley Park Honeycomb for just $20 (retail value $43.95). That's a savings of more than 50% ! September Special good thru Sept. 30, 2016. (I originally listed the Honeycomb as Clara's Garden, but we ran out! Sorry for any inconvenience.)

If you're interested in the rest of the Sweet As Honey or Bees Knees kits, call Jamie for ordering information 785-488-2120.

Comment this week to win the September Special bundle above. Tune in here over the next few weeks to see the new Oak Haven collection.You won't want to miss all the great giveaways!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Kansas Troubles Retreats 2017-2018

KT Winner

Congrats to:
Judy Zoll -As a retired school teacher back to school means something different to me now. I am working hard to finish up some ufos so I can begin some new projects--one that is using KT fabrics!

Judy, thanks for all your hard work as a teacher. I hope you enjoy your retirement years, catching up on your quilting wish list. Please send your shipping address to lynne@ktquilts.com and Jamie will bundle up your fat quarters this week.

Last Days of Sunflower Song 

It's the perfect time of year to plan early fall projects with our Sunflower Song fabric. There's just one week left to take advantage of our August Sunflower Song inventory reduction sale. With Oak Haven arriving in September, Robert's trying to make space in the storage room for dozens of bolts of new fabric and precuts. Oak Haven will blend beautifully with Sunflower Song, so it's a great time to add to your autumn stash. 

Sunflower Song yardage - 1/2 yd. - $5.25  - sale price $3.25  
Sunflower Song Precuts - Layer Cake & Jelly Rolls - $40  - sale price $26
                                          Charm Packs - $10   sale price $6.60 
                                          Mini Charms - $4.00  - sale price $2.60
Sunflower Song Pattern - $12.95 retail - sale price $8.95
Sunny Trio Charm Pattern - $6.50 retail - sale price $4.00

Watch August 30th's blog post for a new September KT Special. 

You won't want to miss it! 


KT Retreats

It's been a while since I shared much about our KT Retreats. The ladies that stayed with us last weekend asked for more information to be posted on my blog and website. Here's what you need to know about KT Retreats:

Standard Retreat: Thursday 1pm thru Saturday 3pm.
$75 per night/2 nights minimum/8 quilters minimum or 10 maximum
Add additional nights for $75 per night
$40 deposit due at time of booking/balance due 30 days before retreat
Our dorm style bedroom is full of vintage quilts and charming decor with blackout shades for sleeping in on lazy mornings.
KT Retreat Bedroom
We provide continental breakfast, coffee, tea. Your group is welcome to bring food to prepare meals or visit the local eateries for deli sandwiches, farmer style dinners or ice cream parlor treats.

Our harvest table seats 18.

Kitchen is equipped with everything you need to cook for your quilting friends.
Fun decor throughout makes our retreat space your home away from home.

Our gathering space offers comfy seating for hand stitching or TV watching.
The sewing area offers a 6-ft table, adjustable computer chairs and lighting for each quilter, plus cutting mats on raised tables and 3 irons/ironing boards for your convenience. 

Downstairs, the KT Quilt Shop is open Tues-Saturday for your shopping enjoyment. If I'm in town and available, I'll stop in for a tour of the shop and presentation of my layered patchwork technique. Robert and Jamie can help with any of your KT questions.

We still have a limited number of openings for 2017. Our 2018 schedule will open later this year. Grab a few friends and make plans to visit us soon!

Comment this week to win your $40 deposit for a KT Retreat in 2017 or 2018! 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

I Love 9-Patches

I Love 9-Patches

Do you love 9-patch blocks? They're so versatile and interesting and wonderfully easy and complex at the same time. Martingale has done it again with another designer compilation book featuring 18 projects that are all amazingly different using the humble 9-patch block. Check out their blog post to win a book for your quilting library at I Love 9-Patches. 

Sunflower Song fabric is on sale and going fast! Make your list and order today while supplies last.