Thursday, August 21, 2014

Kansas Troubles Fans Create Beautiful Quilts

KT Brag Book

I receive many pictures of quilts using KT fabrics and others using my patterns with a totally different color pallette - I love them all! Please send your KT project pics to me at and I'll post them on my blog in the future. Here are a few I've received lately.....
My Rustic Stars quilt is a hit! Moda has agreed to reprint that yummy
navy paisley border so we can make even more kits.
But don't delay, call today, because we'll have to stop soon!

This is Cheri Tye's version of my Rustic Stars quilt on the cover of APQ
magazine (October issue). Oh. My. Goodness! I love how modern it looks
in creams/teals and that gorgeous brown border. And she just started
 it a couple weeks ago after staying at the KT Retreat. Great job, Cheri!

Closeup view of Cheri's blocks/border.

Randy Kooken shared these 3 cool KT Jelly Roll projects for his bedroom.
I love that he took up quilting to share a hobby with his wife.

Jane Licata made this delightful red/tan/blue version of Aleece's
Charming Stars from my new book, Layers of Love.
A charm & mini charm from Minick & Simpson was the
inspiration. Love it, Jane!

For all you applique addicts out there, how about this beauty by
Gina Blanchard. Wow! What a lovely quilt, Gina. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks to all the quilters who shared their quilts with us. So inspirational! Check in next week for all the new Paisley Park projects and Moda's Designer Blog Hop coming up in September.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Flash Sew & Quilt Cruise with Jenny & Lynne

Cruisin' with Jenny & Lynne

Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Co. and I are thrilled to offer a 7-day quilting cruise in January 2016. I know it sounds like a long way off, but we all need to mark our calendars and make reservations so we don't miss a thing! Our cruise sponsor shop is Flash Sew & Quilt in Naples, Florida. Check out all the fun at
Flash Sew and Quilt Cruise with Jenny & Lynne. We'll each be teaching an all day & half day class with kits, patterns, and goodies galore plus a trunk show of our favorite quilts & projects. Put your sailor cap on and hop aboard - we're ready for some fun in the sun next year!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Layers of Love Has Arrived!

Week #9 Winner

Congratulations to Donna Fuller. Your wish has come true! Please send your mailing address to to receive your Layers of Love book. Jamie still hasn't heard from week #6 & 7 winners - Redfinch and Deb from Loma, CO. If you know either of these lovely ladies, please let them know they're winners!

Layers of Love 

I'm sooooo excited about the release of our newest book featuring my unique layered patchwork technique! We've waited the entire summer and it's finally here! If you've been following my blog the past 9 weeks, you've gotten a sneak peak of the major projects in the book. Here are few more of the home dec pillows and runners that are also included. 

Add 2 mini charm packs to 5 strips of
background for the fastest runner ever!

Click here for my tutorial with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Co.

A few scraps of wool come together
for an adorable pincushion.
I always enjoy a little hand stitching
 in the evenings while spending
 "quality time" with Robert. 
Thanks so much to everyone who's visited my blog during the Layers of Love 9 week marathon.

Zigzag Runner Tutorial with MSQC

Jenny/Lynne Tutorial

\It's Here! The first of several tutorials with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Co. I shared my layered patchwork technique with Jenny featuring the Zigzag Runner from KT's new Layers of Love book. Check it out!

Layers of Love, Moda Candies (mini charm packs) and complete kits are available from Kansas Troubles Quilters. Call Jamie today 785-488-2120.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Layers of Love Preview Week #9

Layers of Love Week #8 Winner

Congrats to Allison. You're the winner this week of a Layers of Love book. Thanks to everyone for their support and lovely comments on the APQ article and the Rustic Stars quilt. We've been deluged with phone calls this week from eager quilters ordering the kit. If you're interested, please call soon since we have a limited number of kits that are available with the original fabrics. We will continue to kit the quilt similarly, but the paisley border is in short supply.

Layers of Love Preview #9 - Chasing Eli

Eli is the youngest of our granchildren - until September when his Mom is due with a little brother to keep him even busier. There's no denying from the twinkle in his eye that he'll figure out a way to stay one step ahead of anyone who's trying to rein him in. The goose chase block seemed the perfect fit for our youngest little star.

Have you ever had trouble keeping the background rectangle square or losing the points on your flying geese blocks? My easy solution is to layer a triangle on top of a rectangle and stitch, as shown below. Using our layered patchwork technique, you'll be sewing rows of rectangles in perfect rows that just happen to have triangles on top - no cut off points! Even the star point units are made the same way.

This project first appeared several years ago in one of Primitive Quilts first issues.
 I've had requests for the pattern since and loved the idea of adding
 another colorway and a runner to the mix. 

With a birthday close to the 4th of July, I just had to make this in red, tan, blue!
I hope you enjoyed this preview of Layers of Love. The book is now on our website as well as the Honeycomb Ruler for the hexagon projects in the book. We will have books in hand the first of next week and will begin shipping as soon as we can. Comment for just one more chance to win a Layers of Love book.

Watch for my tutorials with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Co coming soon featuring several of the projects from the book. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Layers of Love Preview Week #8

American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine

Oh. My. Goodness!  We made the cover of APQ's October issue! My Rustic Stars quilt is so much fun to make. I used a Honey Bun for the star points layered over large triangles to simplify the piecing and add a primitive, rustic element. I can't believe the October issue is here already in July!!!The new Paisley Park fabric is featured in the quilt but won't arrive for a few weeks in September.  If you're interested in a kit for the project, call Jamie at KTQ at 785-488-2120 and she'll put you on the list to be one of the first to receive a kit when UPS delivers the fabric. Hey, maybe it'll come early too!
Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine.
©2014 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.
The pictures of the KT retreat, store and my studio in the story are
 wonderfully done with more on the APQ website. 

Layers of Love Week #7 Winner

Our winner of the Layers of Love book this week is Deb, comment #11 from Loma, CO who said, "Loving it all! Kansas Troubles fabrics make fabulous quilts!!"  Thanks so much! I love reading all of your comments full of enthusiasm for quilting and support of KTQ. It makes my week start off so happy! 
Only one more week (I can't lie, there's a bonus week #9!) so comment to win your copy of the new book.

Layers of Love Preview #8 - Delainey's Twirls & Swirls

Delainey is our entertainer - she sings, dances, recites stories and tells jokes, all with the confidence of someone much older than 8. If she's not a professional performer someday, I'll be surprised. What may surprise you is how this quilt is pieced. A single charm pack is cut into large and small triangles, as shown. The two sizes of assorted triangles are then layered and sewn on opposite sides of a background square. When you lay out the squares with 4 large triangles together, pinwheels appear! As the rows are stitched together, the smaller pinwheels emerge. How fun and easy is that???  It's one of my favorites in the Layers of Love book.

Delainey's pinwheel quilt is as vibrant and colorful as she is. I chose a
Sandy Gervais (Chance of Showers) precut to suit her personality perfectly. 

It's also delightful in KT fabric for anyone on your list. At 72" square,
 it's a good size for a lap quilt with just one charm pack and 2 fabrics to choose.

Check back next week for our final (bonus week #9) preview of the Layers of Love book. You won't want to miss it!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Layers of Love Preview Week #7

Layers of Love Winner Week #6

Congratulations to Redfinch (comment #10) - you're the winner of this week's Layers of Love book. Please send your shipping info to and you'll be one of the first to receive the new book after they're delivered to us. Looks like July 30 is Dday!

Reminder to Layers of Love Week #1 winner Laura Riley of South Dakota - please contact us soon. If anyone out there knows Laura, let her know she's a winner!

Layers of Love Preview Week #7 - Kiera's Kickin' It

Our 6th oldest granchild, Kiera lives in TX with her big brother, Ethan. Soccer is a year round sport down there, so she really had no choice but to play along. Her Dad and big brother coach her team of very serious little girls. Grampa Robert lovingly calls little kids' soccer 'herd ball' since they all follow the ball all over the field like a herd of kicking, flailing colts. So much fun to watch! In honor of her love of soccer, I've created a quilt that's fun and playful. Moda's newest precut, Honeycombs (6" hexagons), even kinda looks like soccer balls, so they're great for making a personalized quilt for the soccer player in your life. My inspiration for the layout came from a quilt in Loose Change called Pennies from Heaven. We layered and stitched a smaller tan square on a larger dark square, then cut the blocks in half and staggered them in vertical rows for a simple but striking lap quilt. It's perfect for the guy on your list and only requires a Layer Cake & 1 fabric.
Pennies from Heaven, Loose Change book
 In playing with Honeycombs, the vertical strippy quilt made alot of sense - fast, easy construction with outstanding results. I love it! Honeycomb hexagons are cut in half using our KT Honeycomb Ruler. The half hexs are positioned on both edges of a tan strip of fabric, pinned & stitched. The movement and illusion of piecing is amazing! Once the tan strips are done, you're actually just sewing tan and blue strips together. Could it get any better than that?

Comment this week on anything you like to win a Layers of Love book. It's almost here!