Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Kansas RowXRow Experience

KT Winner

Geri A - I love Aurifil thread It is simply the best!! Love the way I can find coordinating colors. Also love basting spray, as I hate to baste!!
Congratulations to Geri A. You're the winner of our new KT Aurifil Thread Box. Please email your shipping address to lynne@ktquilts.com and we'll send it right out! 
If you didn't win this week, please check out all the KT Aurifil thread colors by the spool or by the box on our website under Lynne's Favorite Notions. Our shipment of Aurifil should be arriving mid-July so please be patient. Watch for more of my favorite notions, including Sewline glue pens, Cut-a-Round rulers and more!

Quiet Family Vacation

Each year, we try to get the kids/grankids together for a family trip. We rent a house large enough for everyone to gather and call it "Christmas". No one needs a new blender or another knick knack for their homes, so we decided several years ago to use the money we would spend on Christmas for a family experience instead. It began with Disney World/Universal, then Estes Park. Days of activities were planned, tickets purchased, alarm clocks set so as not to miss a thing. What did the grankids vote was the best part of these vacations? The unstructured-laid back-no deadlines times when we were all just swimming, hanging out, laughing together and wasting time. The unanimous decision this year was to do more of that in a mountain cabin perfect for sleeping in late, hiking along the Poudre River, grilling simple meals outdoors and bonfires with s'mores after dark. The lack of wifi was a bit of an adjustment, but more so for the adults than the kids. (I think I'll confiscate all phones at the door next year.)

The cabin was beautifully rustic with lots of wood and natural elements. The best part was the location, overlooking the river and backing up to the mountains. 

Grampa Robert and I stocking the kitchen with esentials - water and snacks.

The decorating theme of the cabin was definitely WILD!

The loft bedroom had a mountain lion as guard.

Other than having to take a minute to acclimate to the higher altitude at times, this Gramma kept up pretty well to active 10-15 year olds. We collected rocks and pine cones on our hikes, swam in the reservoir and visited a Buddhist Stupa (very serene and inspirational). All in all, another successful family bonding experience. But, oh, did my own bed feel great when we arrived home last night!

Kansas RowXRow Experience

Do you have your route planned to stop at as many shops as you can to collect your free Home Sweet Home row patterns/kits?  With a theme like Home Sweet Home, I figured there would be rows and rows of house blocks that would need a fence to separate the neighborhoods. Here's my version of an easy picket fence using KT Layered Patchwork. The tan pickets are made by stitching 2 small navy background triangles on top of each tan strip. Perfect points every time! And now we have the coordinating Aurifil thread that's a perfect match!

KTQ Welcome Home Picket Fence for RowXRow 2016

Comment this week to win our Picket Fence pattern/kit. We'd love to share with those of you too far away to visit our KT Quilt Shop.

Have a Happy July 4th!

Monday, June 20, 2016

The Best Thread Ever!

Congratualtions to: 
Linda Yale - I wish I could attend a workshop with you! They look like so much fun, and all that expertise around you for questions! It's definitely on my bucket list!

You're the winner of our new Prairie Cactus book. Please email your shipping address to lynne@ktquilts.com and we'll send it right out.



I'm so excited to announce our new KT Aurifil Box with 10 shades that perfectly complement my fabric collections (50wt. spools of 220 yds. of thread). I am honored and delighted to be associated with Aurifil and love that they've gathered my favorite picks for a cool new thread box. 

The KT Aurifil box comes with 10 small spools of 50wt thread.
 I grew up with another thread brand because that's what my local quilt shop carried 25 years ago. I wasn't always satisfied with the results, but hadn't come across anything better. Then I heard the talk at Moda about this fabulous thread that's very fine, but strong. It works for topstitching and piecing. Even the 50wt. is sturdy enough for your bobbin. I had to try out this wonderful thread! One spool, one quilt - I was hooked! But why stop with one spool? The variety of colors is awesome!

I topstitch a lot with my layered patchwork technique, so it made sense to find a great quality, fine thread that would hold up to raw edge stitching. This is it! Try one spool and you'll be a believer, too.

Here are the assorted colors.

My go-to-use-on-everything-color is #5013. It's a grayish green that blends beautifully with all of the KT darks and even looks great on my tans. You never need to change threads when topstitching using my layered patchwork technique. Also shown is black #2692. Who doesn't need black?

Gold #2335 and Purple #2570. Perfect for Bees 'n Blooms.

Brown #5024 and Pumpkin #2355. Always great with fall projects like Oak Haven.

Navy #2785 and Red #2460. Just the thing for all your red/tan/blue patriotic quilts.
We included 2 tans in the collection - lighter tan #2326 and medium tan #2370.

Feel free to print our KT Thread color chart from here or our website for handy pocket reference.
Bees 'n Blooms - closeup of lap quilt detail. Navy, gold, red, purple, black, tan and green thread used.
Oak Haven Pillow Sleve

 We used more than half the colors in the thread box in our Bees 'n Blooms project and the upcoming Oak Haven (Sept. 2016). Check out our KT website for single spools or the entire collection in the box. It's under a new category called "Lynne's Favorite Notions". In addition to the new thread, we'll be sharing glue pens, rulers, pinked rotary cutter blades and more in the near future.

Comment here on your favorite notion to win a KT Aurifil Thread Box collection. But don't stop there! Go to Aurifil for their wonderful introduction of my collection and a chance to win another KT Aurifil Thread Box plus a bundle of Bees 'n Blooms fabric. You can't lose!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Workshops in Peoria, IL

KT Winner(s)

Congratulations to:
Terry G. - I can't choose between the Cactus Star and the original Rustic Star, so . . . . both??!?!?

you're the winner of the Prairie Cactus booklet this week.

We still have a couple of unclaimed giveaways from last month, too. On May 16th, Kathy H won a bowl full of my fabric acorns, and on May 30th, Donna W won a set of KT Diamond templates. If you know either of these ladies, please have them contact us. We'll be re-giving-away unclaimed items the end of summer.

Gems of the Prairie, Peoria, IL

Thanks so much to the lovely ladies of Peoria, IL with the Gems of the Prairie Quilt Guild. Robert and I enjoyed our time with them the first week of June. Here's a look at some of the KT projects I shared in the workshops featuring my layered patchwork technique.

Makin' Honey Mini in Bees 'n Blooms booklet

Having a good laugh during the Makin' Honey class.

Delainey's Twirls & Swirls from Layers of Love book

I LOVED all the color options the quilters brought to class. And see how much they completed in just a few hours!
Clara's Raised Bed Garden using our KT Wedge template.

Delightful ladies, delightful blocks. Everyone had a good start on this lap size quilt or finished the runner.

Do enjoy workshops? What is your goal when taking a quilting class? What was the last class you took and what did you learn?

Comment this week to win your choice of any one of the above patterns - Bees 'n Blooms, Layers of Love or Clara's Garden.

Watch next week when we'll reveal our RowxRow Home Sweet Home row for Summer 2016.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

More Prairie Cactus

KT Winner

Congrats to:
DebMac-I really like the cactus flower projects-it's one of the patterns on my to do list.

You're the winner of our Prairie Cactus charm pack (as soon as I receive one!). Please send your mailing address to lynne@ktquilts.com. We'll send out your charm pack soon!

Thanks, ladies, for all your comments. It's just what I need in the morning to find my creative juice. Your support and enthusiasm are appreciated. 

  It's Almost Here!

I can feel it. The ground rumbling, the squeal of the brakes, the back door slamming. Wahoo! The UPS guy in brown shorts is here with boxes and boxes of Prairie Christmas precuts and bolts of fabric! Almost. Any day now we'll be receiving our new Christmas line for 2016. It's time to start thinking about your holiday quilting list. We're hoping you'll love what we've created for you this year.

As promised last week, here are more of the projects from our new Prairie Cactus book. With our new KT Diamond Templates, you can cut perfect diamond shapes from 2 1/2" Jelly Roll strips, 1 1/2" Honey Bun strips, yardage or scraps. By simply sewing the larger diamonds together end-to-end and alternating the pieced strips with a stripe background strip, you can stitch up this delightful lap quilt we call Candy Stripe. Doesn't it make you think of peppermint sticks and all sorts of Christmas candies? A KT Prairie Cactus Jelly Roll and 2 fabrics is all you need! How about this easy quilt in Me and My Sister brights? Can you see it?

Candy Stripe lap quilt (66" x 78")
We've reimagined one of our quilts that appeared in American Patchwork & Quilting magazine a few years ago as shining Christmas stars. A traditional Hunter's Star block is simplified with KT's Layered Patchwork Technique.
Cactus Stars lap quilt (66" x 78")
I cut the small 1 1/2" diamonds with our template off-grain, so none of the straight edges of the diamonds were on the straight grain of fabric. Not true 45 degree bias, but it works to prevent raveling of the exposed edges. Position the diamond on the corner of a triangle; glue the points in place with a Sewline glue pen (my favorite). Stitch about 1/8" from the cut edges of the diamond, as shown. Sew 2 triangles together for a layered bias square, then sew 4 layered bias squares together for the basic Cactus Stars block. Easy peasy!
Cactus Star block
The original Rustic Stars quilt is also offered as a bonus in the Prairie Cactus book and shows how fun it can be in non-Christmas prints. We chose 4 lights and 4 darks for a planned scrappy look featuring a Honey Bun for even easier cutting of the 1 1/2" diamonds. Kits are available soon for all the Prairie Cactus projects.

Rustic Stars lap quilt (68" x 80")

 For a quick and easy coordinate for your holiday home, make an extra 18" block for a classic pillow cover. I chose just 3 fabrics, but you could certainly utilize your scraps from any of the Prairie Cactus projects.
Prairie Cactus Pillow (18" square)
Do you visit our ktquilts.com website? Have you seen the fabric swatch charts I share for each fabric collection? Just print and save for easy reference for all your KT fabric shopping needs. Call KTQ (785-488-2120) and visit with Jamie or Robert or Joy anytime to order KT yardage ($10.50/yd everyday). We always encourage you to shop your local quilt store first, but we're here as back up if you need us.

Comment this week on your Christmas stitching plans to win a Prairie Cactus book. You'll be on your way to sewing up the holidays before 4th of July fireworks are done!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Waiting for Christmas

KT Winner

Congratulations to Donna W - Your booth looks fantastic. Thanks for showing us a picture of it. Love the Argyle Sock pattern.

You're the winner of last week's KT blog giveaway, the new KT Diamond Templates. You'll be well on your way to your own Argyle Sox quilt! Oak Haven fabric and patterns available in September. Keep reading for more ideas on how to use your diamonds!

Prairie Cactus

Here at KTQ, Spring Market is barely over and we're anxiously awaiting the arrival of Christmas. KT's newest Christmas collection, Prairie Cactus, that is. I found a couple of great prints that I combined to create a lovely feature fabric for the holidays and beyond. Not too Christmas-y, yet perfect prints and colors for adding holiday charm to your home.

First up, the Christmas Cactus charm quilt (38"sq). I usually limit myself to just one charm pack and a couple fabrics for my charm quilts, but this design added up to 2 charm packs plus 3 additional fabrics. Still a great value for a seasonal quilt.
The background is pieced with layered patchwork triangles creating the red zigzag border. The cactus flowers are fused raw edge applique diamonds.

How did we make the perfect diamond shapes? Thanks for asking! We now have KT Diamond Templates - a 2-pack of templates with a 2 1/2" and a 1 1/2" diamond shape. They're sized to fit a Jelly Roll and Honey Bun, respectively, or can be cut from yardage/scraps. For some projects, I've backed them with fusible web.

NEW KT Diamond Templates (Retail $9.95 for 2-pack)

Our Prairie Cactus book with 5 projects is available now (retail $15.95). It includes 3 lap quilts, a runner and a pillow. The Prairie Cactus fabric collection with 31 pieces in reds, greens, golds, blacks and tans will arrive in June.

With a Layer Cake and Jelly Roll, you can whip up this large lap quilt that sparkles with cactus stars and flowers. Big blocks featuring the 2 1/2" diamonds layered/stitched on top of triangles make it go together quickly.
Prairie Cactus lap quilt (72" x 90")

With a few leftover reds & greens and the small diamond template, you can make the perfect background for your holiday centerpiece. Old jars filled with red & green candles glowed thru the center of my runner for Christmas last year.

Prairie Cactus Runner (26" x 46")
Watch for more Prairie Christmas projects next week. Comment here to win a Prairie Cactus charm pack. During the month of June, we'll be sharing scrap bags and boxes leftover from all the Prairie Cactus projects plus the new book, charm pattern and more! Don't ya just love Christmas in June?!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Argyle Sox and Oak Haven

KT Winners

We have two winners this week - one lucky quilter won the new Moda All-Stars Scraps Made Simple book published by Martingale...

Jenny Reed -Love what I can see of the Cutting Corners quilt; and I want to make the pumpkin table runner and the pillow sleeve(s)! So many projects, so little time!!

and the second winner will receive a KT Oak Haven charm pack to start one of the runner or pillow projects shown last week. 

Allison -I love your Oak Haven Table Runner! We live in the woods of eastern Pennsylvania and there are at least 5 different types of oaks I've identified on our property. Off all the trees we have, the oaks are my favorites.

Congratulations to both of you. Thanks to everyone who commented. I work by myself with little feedback except from my husband and staff. They're all wonderfully supportive and excited about new projects, but it's always fun to hear from "real" quilters. I look forward to reading your thoughts each week.

Spring Market 2016

We drove to Salt Lake City, UT last week to hang out with all the Moda crew for a totally inspiring and energizing weekend of quilting fun. The theme for market was Camp Moda with merit badges given out to the shop owners at each designer's booth. My badge says "Got fabric?" Kind of a rhetorical question for any quilter, isn't it? But so true!

The designer row was set up a little differently this year, more of a little village with each of us "living" in a corner surrounded by our neighbors. So much fun! Here's the KT booth full of Oak Haven quilts, fabric and my Aurifil thread table. See the spools surrounding the table top? Robert wants to keep it for a display at the store! Of course, R shot the picture while I was visiting with my Moda designer neighbors, Polly Minick and Laurie Simpson of Minick & Simpson, so my mouth is always blurred. Thanks, dear.

Acorn Medley is the charm quilt for my Oak Haven collection, using a charm pack and just 3 additional fabrics. Lots of fall color and appeal in a little package. I love the pop of navy along with the warm fall tones. It blends beautifully with the the golds, pumpkins and reds.

More Oak Haven

I know, you're asking yourself, "Really, there's more?" Yup. In addition to the Oak Haven pieced/applique lap quilt, two runners and pillow sleeve, I had to share this simple strippy quilt featuring our new KT Diamond templates. I designed them to fit on 2 1/2" Jelly Roll strips and 1 1/2" Honey Bun strips for easy cutting. When using precuts, two sides of each diamond have precut pinked edges and two sides have bias edges. It works perfectly for my layered patchwork technique. I'm adapting several new blocks using the diamonds, including the traditional pieced Hunter's Star block (see next week's blog for Prairie Christmas quilts). For Oak Haven and fall, warm argyle sweaters fit the theme.
Argyle Sox lap quilt (66" x 74")
 A KT Oak Haven Jelly Roll plus 2 fabrics make this scrappy, strippy lap quilt suitable for snuggling in any weather. Large diamonds are cut from the JR strips using the 2 1/2" diamond template, then layered with 2 tan small diamonds; topstitch. The layered diamonds are lined up on the seam line of the two coordinating fabrics for easy placement. Topstitch them in place and you're done!

Argyle Sox Runner (26" x 42")
Choose the color scheme of your choice for a quick strippy runner made with 4 coordinating prints. I made mine red/tan/navy to use this summer. I couldn't wait for fall!

Comment this week to win a set of the KT Diamond Templates. I'll show more quilts using them in the coming weeks.

Monday, May 16, 2016

More Acorns & Oak Haven

KT Winner

Congrats to:
Kathy H-I love this quilt. Your acorns are so cute. It's so fun to find an acorn shaped sewing help.

You're the winner of some KT Oak Haven fabric acorns. Email us with your shipping address at lynne@ktquilts.com and I'll send them out right after I return from market.

The Latest from Moda & Martingale

Moda's All-Stars Scraps Made Simple is the newest book published by Martingale organized by Moda's very own Lissa Alexander. We're all excited for the unveiling at market this week. There are more than a dozen unique quilts offered to help use up your scraps by such acclaimed designers as Lissa Alexander, Lisa Bongean, Sherri McConnell, Amy Ellis, Laura Boehnke, Carrie Nelson, Jenny Doan and more. I'm honored to be included in this talented group of women. Here's a preview of the book and my quilt, Cutting Corners. I'll share with you how to make perfect points on the churn dash blocks using my layered patchwork method. Comment below to win a Scraps Made Simple book of your own and start busting your stash today!

More Oak Haven

We're loading the car, packing our suitcases and checking each list twice - and then once more. Robert's theory is "As long we have the quilts, we can buy anything else we might have forgotten along the way." That's fine, except it still keeps me up at night wondering what I might be leaving behind that would have been the perfect touch and I'll never find another one along the way since I bought "it" at an antique store so I can't just walk into Hobby Lobby and get another one and I know right where it's sitting at home... Oh well...

I always breathe a little easier once we're at market, unload the car and set up the booth. Did I remember to throw in a little basket/box for business cards? Did I bring just one more piece of fabric to cover up whatever? Do we have enough brochures? Geez, I've only done this about 40 times in my life (seriously). When will I have it down to a science? Probably never since it changes from year to year. For tonight, I'll check the suitcase one more time to make sure we have all the Oak Haven quilts, pop open a Black Cherry Mike's Hard Lemonade, and chill watching the latest episode of Gray's Anatomy. Maybe.

As promised, here are the accompanying projects for the Oak Haven lap quilt from last week - the 2 runners and pillow sleeve. I love the lap quilt and couldn't wait to finish it to get to these smaller projects with the same feel of autumn in much less time. The combination of flying geese using our layered patchwork technique paired with fused raw edge applique equals simple fall decor in an afternoon. 
Oak Haven Runner (12" x 42")

Oak Haven Pillow Sleeve (12" x 18")

Harvest Runner (26" x 42")

Choose to make any of these Oak Haven projects with just a charm pack plus a couple fabrics. All the prints in the Oak Haven collection in a nice little bundle.

A few more sewing needfuls from my acorn collection.

Next week, I'll share the final projects from the Oak Haven booklet featuring our new KT Diamond templates. Comment here to win an Oak Haven Charm Pack to start on any one of the above projects. Yes, two giveaways this week to celebrate market!