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!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Layers of Love Preview Week #6

KT Winner Week #5

Congratulations to Paula for commenting last week. You're the winner of a Layers of Love book. We're hoping to have them by the end of the month, so hang in there! Of course, you all will the first to know.

Layers of Love Week #6 - Bronson's Christmas Wish

Bronson is especially loved by everyone in our family. He was born with multiple issues and has not only survived, but thrived, proving that disabilities don't mean disabled. The doctors said he wouldn't walk - he not only walks but goes up and down stairs alone, swims, and kicks a ball. They said he'd never speak - he's learning to communicate thru a computer program, but definitely makes his wishes known. He is strong, determined and admired by us all. He reminds us to be thankful for our gifts and talents everyday.

A KT Holly Wishes Jelly Roll provides everything you need for a simple rail fence block. Layer and stitch gold triangles on the ends of the outer strips before piecing them together for spinning pinwheels as the blocks come together. For me, Christmas quilts need to be fast & easy with lots of red & green charm - this one fits the bill perfectly. Whip up a coordinating pillow topper with a few leftover strips.

KT Bernina Fall Workshops/Demo's

At KT Bernina Quilt Shop, we're offering some new classes this fall beginning with a fun little runner that was featured in Primitive Quilts magazine a few years ago. Heads or Tails Runner is pieced with a charm and a mini charm with raw edge layered flying geese. So easy - you'll never lose your triangle points again!
We'll be offering a 3-hour workshop ($20 plus kit $20) or a 1-hour hands-on demo ($10 plus kit $20). You can bring your own machine and sew in the KT Retreat space surrounded by inspiration while you stitch up the runner in just a few hours - OR - come in and try out Robert's Bernina's during a demo and make a few blocks, then go home and finish in the comfort of your own sewing room. Either way, we hope you join us while we share my layered patchwork technique and some of the new projects from the Layers of Love book later this fall. Check our website by Aug. 1st for a complete list of the fall workshops or call Jamie at 785-488-2120 for more information.

Thanks for stopping by this week. Comment here about what you like/don't like about quilting workshops. I'd love to know your thoughts. We're giving away another Layers of Love book, so don't be shy!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Layers of Love Preview Week #5

Layers of Love Week #4 Winner

Congratulations to dortha - you're the winner of this week's Layers of Love book giveaway. Just a couple weeks and they'll be hot off the presses - I so excited! Thanks to all of your comments about your favorite retreats. I'll be looking into some of them :).

Layers of Love Preview #5 - Rowan's Rails

The Layers of Love book features mini-bio's of each of our 8 grankids from oldest to youngest - kinda. It all depended on how the pages/instructions fell. And that's kinda how I'm presenting this preview. Rowan is actually the third oldest, but Aleece's Charming Stars seemed more applicable last week since it was the workshop quilt at Patchwork Garden. When Rowan checked my blog last week looking for "his" quilt, he wanted to know why a 9-year-old's quilt was featured before his - he is, after all, 11 1/2.  I assured him he'd get more space for his blog post this week and he was totally cool with it. I love how much pride and interest the grankids have shown for this book. They're even asking for copies for friends! Several family members who don't quilt (and don't get what I do for a living) are already asking about it - something of a family album, I suppose. Anyway, without further ado, here's Rowan's Rails. With a Jelly Roll layered over a planned background, this is one of the simplest projects in the book with fabulous results. I like the way your eye dances across the quilt top from one corner to the other, following the steps. At 72" square, it makes a perfect size lap quilt - or add wider borders top & bottom for a twin bed quilt.

Layer a Jelly Roll strip over a square and stitch to create each block.
Then sew squares together in rows following the color-coded
diagram. So simple! Perfect for the man in your life.

My question this week is all about family - do you make quilts for everyone in your family? Does everyone "get it" and appreciate your quilts? What percentage of quilts do you make for yourself? Comment here to win a Layers of Love book. See you next week!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Layers of Love Preview Week #4

KT Bernina Quilt Shop & Emporium

Please note we will be closed July 4-5 for our Country's -  and Lynne's  - Birthdays. :)   Please make plans to stop in Tuesday thru Friday 10-5 or Saturday 10-3 anytime this summer. 

KT Winner Week #3

Congratulations to QB Sue. You're the winner of the new KT Layers of Love book due to arrive in just a few weeks. Please send your mailing address to and we'll send out your copy as soon as they arrive.

Patchwork Garden Quilt Shop Visit

Pam Buda, of Heartspun Quilts, and I just returned from a delightful teaching trip to upstate NY at Patchwork Garden in East Amherst. Joan and Bev are shop owners with the most - hospitality, energy, enthusiasm and creativity. Their store is housed in a restored old house with loads of vintage charm and modern amenities. We immediately felt a warm welcome - even before we entered the store!
How fun is this? Pam & I were tickled over the sign in front of
 Patchwork Garden Quilt Shop in East Amherst, NY.

They have a great selection of samples & fabrics for KT fans. With 2 floors
of fabric in every palette by dozens of designers, wool, books and
patterns galore, it's a quilter's paradise.
The barn on Joan & Dave Roger's property housed the quilting classes -
and Pam & me! The open pavilion on the front was a favorite spot for cutting
and hand-stitching while gazing out upon the pond and wildlife.
What an ideal spot for workshops! I loved the quiet spot to relax
at the end of the day. Just like home.

One of the half day classes was quilter's choice of Mini Table Treats.  Even
though the heat was slowly rising, these quilters kept their cool -
and their sunny smiles - throughout the day.
 In just 3 hours, they nearly completed their projects!

So much fun to hang out with this bunch of characters all weekend!

Pam taught her Settler's Puzzle quilt, which will also be the quilt she'll share on our Great Girlfriend Getaway retreat to Mackinaw City, MI in September. I demonstrated my layered patchwork technique with Aleece's Charming Stars, which is one of the projects in the new Layers of Love book. It's also the featured quilt of the week.

Start with a charm and mini charm for the wall quilt or a Layer Cake & charm for the large lap quilt (90" sq.) plus background and borders for a new take on an old favorite, Ohio Stars. This quilt is for my oldest granddaughter, Aleece, who's almost 10. She's been fondling fabric and rearranging charm squares since she was a toddler. Now, she helps in the shop folding fat quarters and assembling coordinating packs like a seasoned quilter. Her version of this quilt will inevitably be made with one of her favorite designer's charm packs Pieces From My Heart by Sandy Gervais. See and read more about Aleece in Layers of Love

Add a mini charm to a charm square; stitch. Layer with another charm square;
stitch diagonally to create 2 half square triangle blocks. Easy!  For the lap
size quilt, choose a Layer Cake and charm pack.

Comment this week on your favorite quilting retreat to win a Layers of Love book when it makes it's deput soon. Have we talked about that recently? Oh well, retreats are always so much fun, let's talk about them some more! See you next Monday and have a blast this 4th of July weekend!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Layers of Love Preview Week #3

KT Winner - Preview Week #2

Congratulations to Deb G. in VA. You're the winner of the Layers of Love this week. I hope you enjoy learning a new technique for stitching up hexagons. Stay tuned to see more Honeycomb projects in the coming weeks.

Layers of Love Preview Week #3 - Cooper's Crossing

I can't think of a better way to start a quilt than with a coordinated group of fabrics in a Layer Cake. In our Cooper's Crossing quilt, LC squares are cut into fourths, mixed up and sewn back together, then crisscrossed with Honeybun 1 1/2" strips. The pieced border is simple half square triangles with a Honeybun strip stitched on top diagonally to make the zigzag - love it!

Cooper lives just a short drive away and prefers hanging out with Grampa and I when his little sister, Delainey, has friends spend the night. We enjoy his company but also appreciate his technical support with our phones and ipads. He always has a new app, game or function to share with us. He's also getting old enough - and big enough - to be alot of help. He loves to drive the 4-wheeler to haul mulch or garden debris when we're working in the yard. I've loved having him travel with me on KT business to carry suitcases and help ladies with their purchases at guild events. We've made a couple of side trips along the way, spending time at the St. Louis arch last summer or just chillin' by the motel pool. I'm looking forward to another trip this year. Valuable quality time I'll treasure. 

Comment here on a favorite summer adventure - or on any topic you please - to win a copy of our new Layers of Love book. See you next week!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Layers of Love Week #2

KT Winner - Preview Week #1

Laura Riley from SD commented she'd like to learn more about my layered patchwork technique. Well, Laura, here's your chance! You'll be receiving the new Layers of Love book just as soon as the printer gets them to us. Thanks for commenting and watch over the next 7 weeks for more previews of the unique projects in my book. I'll keep a running list of winners in each blog post in case you miss it.

It Christmas Past & Present at KTQ

With our new Holly Wishes fabric in the house, we're celebrating all things Christmas with 25% off all KT Christmas patterns, precuts and kits from this year and the past. Check out the website now until July 1st for best selection. Quantities of precuts and some kits is limited.

Layers of Love Preview Week #2 - Ethan's Hat Trick

Robert and I have a blended family - 6 kids in their 30's with 8 grankids between the ages of 5 and 15. I just love my layered patchwork technique to make quilts for everyone in the family since it starts with precuts and is so easy to assemble. As you can see, promising toddler quilts, first big bed quilts, 10-year-old quilts, wedding quilts and 30th birthday quilts, I'm never really caught up. The easy-to-make and easy to care for projects are perfect for kids, so I decided to feature each grankid with a quilt in the new book. Last week's quilt was my daughter's 30-Something star quilt (altho not a grankid, her quilt kinda started it all). This week our oldest grandson, Ethan, is featured with a quilt that highlights his favorite sport, soccer. It features a Layer Cake and Honeycomb plus 2 fabrics for borders. The lap quilt is 54" x 62" but could be made larger with just the one LC and HC. I chose to make a smaller throw since Ethan lives in TX and just wanted something for the end of his bed. There were enough blocks leftover to make a great sized runner for a side table, too. Options are given in the book for several sizes of this project.

Can you see the block? It looks way more difficult than it really is. 

The Soccer Runner has a row of full
blocks down the middle with
half blocks on the sides. 

Gene from Moda, graciously taped a short demo of how to use the KT Honeycomb Ruler below. It showed how to center & cut a Layer Cake and Honeycomb for 2 projects in The Bee's Knees pattern booklet. Click on this link to buy the  KT Honeycomb Ruler now! Instructions for centering are similar for Ethan's quilt.

Honeycomb Ruler video from Spring Market 2014

Comment here if you've ever played with Honeycombs or hexagons and what you've made. We'll give away another Layers of Love book next Monday.