Thursday, May 26, 2011

Another Charming Thursday

Let's celebrate fall with our Shades of Autumn fabric collection. I always look forward to the first signs of fall - cooler evenings, changing leaves, sweater weather (Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts has a really cute charm quilt with this name). The colors of fall work perfectly in my home decorating scheme. I love the feel of being surrounded by warm, rich colors - deep browns, pumpkins, barn reds, greens, golds & navy. It's not a just a preference, it's a way of life from season to season.

Here are a few of our favorite seasonal projects from KT Stash that are now available as individual patterns.

Sitting on the porch, watching the seasons change, is one of the things I enjoy the most about country living. Even if I'm working, it's more tranquil and inspiring. Where's your "happy place"?

Monday, May 23, 2011

A Few Little Things

The winner of the KT Seasons charm pack is Kim Q of NJ. Congrats! Don't miss this week's Charming Thursday featuring one of my favorite lines - Shades of Autumn. Heads up to all you autumn lovers out there!

Lois and I enjoy traveling to guilds and quilt shops, meeting all of you. One of our most popular workshops is the Mini Table Treats. In about 3-4 hours, you can create a 17" round table topper for any season. We have acorns/leaves, pears, flowers, stars and stripes, pumpkins, Christmas lights and a sunflower. For market, we added 3 new mini's - Gathering Basket, On the Wing and HollyDays.

Each Mini Table Treat Pattern is just $5. Watch for them at your favorite quilt shop or at soon.

Friday, May 20, 2011

When it rains...

Hello ladies.
I came home from market, eager to catch up on my blog posts. I awoke the next morning to a loud pop and the smell of smoke. I stumbled into my studio to find that a major power outage fried my backup battery/surge protector. I took the smoking box out on the porch and came to town to post and found that electricity is out in most of the county! I called Lois to tell her to stay home and found some filing to do by a window. Isn't it funny how you still go around flipping switches without thinking even when you know there isn't any power?  Well most of my pictures are on the cabin computer, so I've been waiting to get back up and running there- no luck so far. So here I am, making the best of it on Robert's computer. Gosh, don't you hate using someone else's computer? Are we spoiled or what?

Anyway, we're announcing Charming Thursday's offering today - the Season's charm pack. My thought at the time was to do a book with projects for every season. My favorite is a simple log cabin quilt with changeable wool appliques.

The book is now out of print, but this is another project I hope to make into a single pattern - someday. Comment on your favorite season by Sunday night to win the Seasons Charm Pack. I'll be back on track again next week for another installment of Charming Thursday. Thanks for hanging in there.

PS - It's still raining with flash flood warnings for our area. If the pond rises much more, my porch will be right by the water!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Day 2 - Spring Market

Here are a few of my favorite booths so far...

Kathy Schmitz - cozy fireplace

Sandy Gervais - best at representing Moda's theme, Country Fair

And, Me and My Sister - Hopscotch is just TOO cute!

We tear it all down and head home tomorrow night. See ya again on Tuesday!

Posted under duress from my iPad

Friday, May 13, 2011

Day 1 - Spring Market

Here's a first look at KT at Market. More tomorrow.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Location:Salt Lake City

Monday, May 9, 2011

We have a Winner!

Congrats to Elizabeth ( - you're the winner of the Simply Indigo charm pack. Doesn't hurt that we share a b'day. Happy 5th to you a little early.

Here are a couple more pre-market peeks. Using the same 1/4-circle template, we played with plaids for a few More Frayed Edges. Simple shapes cut on the bias are stitched to a front and back square, then sewn together in rows. Since all the block squares' edges are on the bias, the exposed seams fray and curl but never unravel for the softest, cuddliest throws around. Three options in one booklet - American Waves, Simply Squared and Pretty Pinwheels. The larger 2 throws are perfect in school colors for that special college grad in your life. My nephew took a Frayed Edges quilt to KState with him, washed it ALOT and it only got better. He still loves it. Great for gifting those that may not be quite as quilt-worthy, if you know what I mean :). Available in June.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Charming Thursday - Seasons

Ladies, so sorry about Charming Thursday post - or not. Messed up somehow with the auto scheduling and can't fix it from here. We'll catch up after market.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Market Sneak Peak

Have you ever gone to town to get your haircut and came home in a new truck??? After all the traveling Lois & I have been doing, a bigger vehicle has been a topic of conversation, but by no means did I think I could take the time a few days before market to purchase one. Just so happens that a Yukon XL (looked like a semi to me from across the street) beckoned to me saying, "Think of all the cool stuff that would fit in me if you take me to market. You wouldn't have to choose, you could take EVERYTHING!" How could I not listen to that? I looked/test drove/negotiated/called Robert/took it home. Pretty easy. Now my list of junk to take has expanded and I'm tickled to have the space.
A few days after market, we'll take off for a week in Indiana, beginning at the Moda Wholesale Show in Shipshewanna. I thought I'd have to ship a bunch of stuff, but no more! Now, if I can just get the hang of backing this beast up in parking lots!

Okay, so now you've heard me go on and on about the "Beast". Time to reward you with a sneak peek of some market goodies. We started with a 10" square, two 5" squares and a bit of bias cut plaid and ended up with a cool block that's been fun to work with. Shown here are 3 of the 4 projects using this block and our new template (the fourth quilt using the Layer Cake and 2 charm packs just came back from the quilter. Lois will be whipping down binding in the car on the way to market!) The large quilt features our new Cattails & Clover fabric line. Stay tuned for lot's more during/after market.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Simply Indigo

I've always loved the 4th of July with it's red/white/blue decorations, picnics, family gatherings and - of course - the fireworks. My birthday is the 5th of July, but very often, we have birthday cake as part of our July 4th party. As a child, my Dad convinced me that everyone in the country was shooting off fireworks to celebrate my birthday, too. How naive - how cool! Now, I have a couple of my grankids convinced of the same thing. At least no one in our family forgets my birthday!

So, that brings me to my favorite summer decorating theme - patriotic red/tans/navy. One end of my studio is full of Americana all year thru and the porch sports red/tan/navy all summer from Memorial Day until Labor Day. Several items stay out all year so I can enjoy them. One of them is this stack of wooden boxes with wool flag-themed tops in front of a ladder with old feed sacks in my studio at the cabin.

I'll take more pics this summer as I pull out my red/tan/navy junk and share. I just ran across a box of 1" strips all ready for a log cabin quilt in this line. I'm going to make it my summer project. I'm kinda surprised I found any of it cut up - it's one of the fabric collections I've hoarded!

Win a Simply Indigo charm pack and the pattern for the flag boxes by commenting here before Sunday at 10pm. Tell me what you love best about July 4th.

Monday, May 2, 2011

It's May already???

Congrats to Tammy from Missouri, you're the winner of the Scrapbook Garden charm pack and book. Please email your address to and we'll send it right out. Thanks for commenting.

The countdown is on - only 6 days left until we leave for Salt Lake City for Market. We have our Christmas Advent Calendar with ornaments to countdown to Christmas. Maybe we need a Market countdown quilt - yeah, that's the ticket - with ornaments like a ticking clock, a bottle of Advil, running shoes, a pile of unfinished quilts and an empty suitcase. And there are more suprises -  a broken copier, a sick quilter and oops! no motel reservations. Yes, just a few of the things we look forward to twice a year as we get ready to show our wares at quilt market. Speaking of which, I better get to work and finish a couple of things so none of these ornaments show up on my quilt!