Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Moda Blockheads II - Block #27

Block #27 - Mountain Climbing by Lynne Hagmeier

If you know me, you know I don't usually make blocks with so many half square triangles, but this block intrigued me. I like the geometry of it and  It worked out great since it's a large block, so none of the elements are less than 2" finished. I can deal with that! Kathy Limpic pieced my red/tan/blue version with a dark and light blue "X" across the center bordered by gold triangles and filled in with scrappy red triangles. Love it! I could make a whole quilt like this - and it wouldn't take that many blocks at 18" square!

Here are the numbers for Kathy's red/tan/blue Mountain Climbing block:
(9) medium blue 2 1/2" sq.
(8) dark blue 2 1/2" sq.
(8) gold 2 7/8" sq.
(24) red 2 7/8" sq.
(32) tan 2 7/8" sq.




My version is made from the new On Meadowlark Pond fabric collection showing to quilt shops now. It will ship in February, just in time for your spring quilting inspiration. More on the projects that feature this line in upcoming posts. Lovin' this block more and more...


Here's the breakdown for my KTQ Mountain Climbing block:
(9) gold 2 1/2" sq.
(8) green 2 1/2" sq.
(20) black 2 7/8" sq.
(12) red 2 7/8" sq.
(32) tan 2 7/8" sq.





To find the instructions for Mountain Climbing, click HERE.


Have you heard about my first KT & Friends Retreat, June 19-22, 2019? Barb & Mary of Me & My Sister Designs (and Blockheads II fame), along with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star, are joining me for 3 days of workshops, demos, Make & Takes, trunk shows and a whole lotta fun! Email our retreat coordinator, Kathy Limpic at KRLIMPIC@GMAIL.COM for more information. We're all so exited to teach together and meet all of you. We're about half full, so grab a friend and register today!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Moda Blockheads II

#23 - Broken Windows by Jo Morton

This week, one of our original Blockheads offers a chance to hone your skills piecing half square triangles in this fun 6" block. I chose to keep mine simple with a 3-color red/tan/navy version. Find Jo's instructions HERE.

Block #23-Broken Windows by Jo Morton

#24 - Kaleidoscope by Sherri McConnell

I played with this block for a long time before settling on this option, accenting the gold Hole-in-the-Barn-Door block in the center. It's amazing how many ways you can colorize this block to highlight different parts. I wonder what Sherri chose? Find out HERE.



Don't miss my previous blog posts on our KT October Special - Pumpkin Seeds - perfect for fall. And, our first KT & Friends Retreat with my quilting buddies Barb & Mary of Me and My Sister Designs (fellow Blockheads) and Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

KT October Special

Pumpkin Seeds Lap Quilt Kit

Looking for a quick and easy fall project to warm up your home decor? We have it! Our trio of coordinating pumpkin projects is the answer.


Through the month of October (supplies are limited), we're offering the Pumpkin Seeds lap quilt for only $80 ($115 retail value) plus FREE SHIPPING! The lap kit includes all fabrics for the quilt top, binding, KT Kut-ups precut fusible leaf/stem appliques, and the Pumpkin Seeds booklet that includes instructions for the mini pumpkin runner and pillow sleeve. (Kit does not include fabric for runner or pillow sleeve.)

Comment to win the Pumpkin Seeds booklet and Kut-ups for the lap quilt.

Click HERE or call KTQ at 785-488-2120 to order now!

Friday, September 28, 2018

Big KTQ News!

KT & Friends Quilt Retreat

Have you ever tried to coordinate time with your quilting friends to hang out and sew and visit and laugh, but your busy schedules get in the way? I'm delighted to announce that three of my favorite designers and I finally synced our calendars to teach together at a retreat! 

Jenny Doan, of Missouri Star Quilt Co., and Barb & Mary, of Me and My Sister Designs, have both marked June 19-22, 2019 with a big red star. They will all be teaching at our very first KT & Friends Retreat in Bennington, Kansas, home of Kansas Troubles Quilters. I couldn't be more excited!

Jenny and I on a quilting cruise at the batik factory.


Barb & Mary, Me and My Sister Designs

We would love for you to join us - with your friends - for 3 days of workshops, trunk shows, demos, and lots of surprises. We're working with our small town's school for classrooms and our local eatery to cater lunch and dinner so you don't need to leave for a second. Motel rooms are available just 12 miles away at a reduced rate for our quilters.

KT & Friends Retreat fee is $695 and includes:
      * (3) 4-hour workshops + kits
      * (3) make & take/demos + kits
      * (3) trunk shows
      * Three lunches, three dinners and breakfast pasties are also part of the package.

More information and registration is available from Kathy Limpic, KT Retreat Coordinator.
Email - krlimpic@gmail.com
Phone - 10am-5pm CST - 816-377-9699

Check your calendar, call your quilting friends, and join me and my friends June 19-22, 2019 for what will surely be a weekend to remember!







Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Moda Blockheads II - Week #21 & 22

Blocks #21 - Circle and Star by Jan Patek

I love Jan's block this week. Who doesn't love a good star-in-a-circle for a red/tan/blue quilt? I'm packing this weekend for my teaching trip to San Diego with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Co (maybe you've heard of her?), so time is tight. I decided to computer generate my blocks, like I have in the past, but Jan's star proved to be a little more challenging than I thought. Sooooo, here's a sad version of her Circle and Star. Find the good one at her blog HERE.


Block #22 - Economy Path by Laurie Simpson 

To round out the weekly double block tour, we also have Laurie's simply cool Economy Path. The pieces are small at 1" and 1/2" finished, but it's a great 1/4" seam practice piece. I think it would be a cute baby quilt with novelty prints in the plus spots. Here's my version in red/tan/blue. Find Laurie's Economy Path HERE.  




Just for fun (and to prove I'm really working), here's the project I'm teaching in San Diego this week at a quilt retreat on the beach with Jenny.

Fresh From My Garden


Join me again Friday for some exciting KTQ news! 

Friday, September 7, 2018

Come Stay a While

KT Retreats

We're making plans to freshen up our KT Retreat over the winter, just in time for 2019. If you've ever wanted to hang out in our warm, cozy space with your quilting friends and sew to your heart's content, this is your year. 

Comfy chairs and good lighting make this sitting area perfect for hand work and/or a glass of wine.

Make a cup of coffee or a full meal in our well-equipped kitchen.

Snuggle under vintage quilts in our dorm-style bedroom.
Retreats may be booked for 8 to 10 quilters for a minimum of 2 nights at $75 per night ($75 deposit per person due upon making reservations). Many groups choose a 3-night retreat from Wednesday thru Saturday. Some groups prefer Thursday thru Monday. (We've taken back our Sundays as a day of rest, but you're welcome to stay thru the weekend.) We've even had quilters stay Monday thru Saturday. We provide continental breakfast, tea, coffee and snacks with a few KT surprises.

Call Robert at 785-488-2120 to reserve a date for your group now!

January 10-13 or 17-20
February 21-24
March 7-9 or 21-23
April 4-6 or 25-27
July 11-13 or 18-20
August 8-10 or 22-24
September 5-7
October 3-5
November 7-9

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Moda Blockheads II - Week #14

Welcome to Blockheads II! 

If you haven't been following Blockheads since the beginning, here's how it all began. There were six of us "dark" Moda designers who gathered at market to hatch a plan to offer a block-of-the-week to show how all of our fabrics played nicely together. Over 48 weeks, we had a great time, got to know each other better, and didn't want it to end. It was also inspiring to see so many of your blocks on Facebook. I could feel the creative juices pumping. This fall, the Blockheads book will be released featuring each of our finished quilts - plus a few extras - with all of the blocks. Martingale is doing a beautiful job publishing our group project. I can't wait to see it at market!

So what to do next? Moda asked each of the original 6 Blockheads' designers to ask a friend to join our group to make it even bigger and better. My choice was obvious - Barb & Mary of Me & My Sister Designs. The first time I met these ladies at market during setup, I was hot and sweaty and exhausted from weeks of preparations. They walked up to introduce themselves all cool and perky, their bubbly personalities lighting up the room. After resisting the temptation to smack the smiles and giggles right off their faces : ), we hit it off instantly. Whether we're visiting in our booths, or out at dinner, they make everything fun. Their bright fabrics and simple, but clever, designs are the perfect match, just like the two of them. You really can't help but smile, even if you are all sweaty.
 
( I enjoy these two so much I've invited them to come for a special event next summer at KTQ. Watch for more info here and on our website soon.)

 So, we're about a fourth of the way into the second series of blocks with 13 designers. This week and for the next several weeks, you'll receive instructions for two blocks. Here we go...

Blockheads II - Block #14 - Fidget Spinner by Lynne Hagmeier

My Fidget Spinner block was inspired by the craze last year when all the grankids had those little spinning finger gadgets - some whirred, some blinked with flashing lights, all of them were crazy annoying (I'm sure that was the point). My version uses simple rectangles and connecting corners to create an intricate-looking block that's easy to assemble.


KT fabrics are from Nature's Glory (Sept '18) and On Meadowlark Pond (Feb '19)

I chose red/tan/navy again for my block. To make the block like mine, you'll need 2 tans, a red and a navy. Cut A - (4) each navy and red; B- (6) of each tan and (4) navy. Follow the instructions HERE. I'll be watching on FB to see how you interpreted Fidget Spinner.

Blockheads II - Block #15 - Corner Pocket by Me & My Sister Designs

Billiards, anyone? I'll have to check out Barb & Mary's blog to see if pool was their inspiration for Corner Pocket. To continue with my red/tan/navy themed blocks, I chose to piece Barb & Mary's block in red & tan. Find instructions for their block HERE.



See you next week when we'll have two more blocks to add to your growing pile. Check out what the rest of the Blockhead II bunch are up to this week.