Wednesday, May 2, 2012

A Day Late...

I've read on several other designer's blogs their frustration with the "new and improved" Blogger setup. I totally agree with the notion that if it ain't broke, don't 'improve" it. I hate learning how to navigate a new site every six months because a 20-something computer nerd had time on his hands. Geez! Anyway, after thinking I had posted all this yesterday - not. So here we go again....

Congrats to Crystal from MO - you're FINALLY a KT blog winner! Please send your mailing address and we'll send out your Holiday Medley mini charms right away (I actually have some of those already). Thanks for hanging in there and continuing to comment on my blog.

This week has been a whirlwind of activity here at KT. Lois and I pieced 2 lap quilts, 2 wall quilts, 4 pillow tops and a Mini Table Treats over the past week. Lap quilts are off to the quilter, small projects are being quilted, bound and embelllished with buttons. Seems we're in pretty good shape, but market is creeping up quickly. Still have lots to do - paint a glider and a chair, have pictures taken after quilts are returned and bound, create a brochure, gather the finishing touches for the booth..... The list is long but I thrive under pressure and love the challenge. Here's sneak peek at some of the parts to the projects we're working on. (Check out the new fabric line, Harvest Moon.)


In addition to market projects for Harvest Moon, we're working on quilts for a book, Loose Change, featuring 2 1/2", 5" and 10" precuts - 2 bits, nickels and dimes, or more commonly known as Moda Candy, Charm Packs and Layer Cakes. This is the beginning of one of the quilts using the new Harvest Moon fabric.  Just below that is our Mini Table Treats using the signature motif in the collection. The moon/acorn theme appears several times since they're favs of mine. Watch for more Harvest Moon stuff after market in June.


This week, I'd like to introduce the May KT Stash Society project, Dreamin' of Summer Pillow Sleeve.
I need a little extra support under my lower back when sitting for long periods of time binding or stitching in my favorite chair. A lumbar pillow is just right for me, but not always cute for my decor, so I created a pillow sleeve that simply slips over the pillow for a punch of color. Can't stop at just one, of course, so we'll have one for each season as the year goes on to change the look and feel of your room. Purchase a pillow about 12" x 20" or make one to your own personal specifications (I actually pulled some stuffing out of a very fluffy pillow I found on clearance at Target that was a bit too full). I covered it in a fabric that will work all year as a backgroud for my seasonal pillow covers. So simple for a big effect. Dreamin' of Summer is now available at all participating KT Stash Society quilt shops (check the list under our Stash link on the website) and at ktquilts.com. Our giveaway this week is the Dreamin' of Summer pattern and a few scraps to get you started on your own pillow sleeve.
Better get back to work. Definitely need to spend some time figuring out the new Blogger.
See you next week,
Lynne

54 comments:

  1. oooo, I too am frustrated with the changes :-( I had to go back to the old interface because I could not figure out how to post pictures from my computer library!

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  2. I like the quilt blocks you are working on! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. I like the quilt blocks you are working on! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  4. I need the same back support. The pillow sleeve certainly classes up a plain pillow.

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  5. Wonderful blocks and fabrics. I sit with pillows behind me, I need lots of back support.

    Debbie

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  6. The pillow sleeve is so cute! I love the moon fabric too - wonderful design.

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  7. What a creative idea for your pillow! I like acorns too. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  8. Dreamin' of Summer - what a nice thought!! Can't wait for summer. The pillow sleeve is so cute!

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  9. Love the pillow sleeve...what a fun idea!!! TFS
    ~Terry~

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  10. Love the pillow - and I'm so excited that you're working on a book featuring precuts. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  11. Harvest Moon! Love the name, love the fabrics! I'm a "Fall" person in almost everything I sew. I'm working on a wool tabletopper with acorns and oak leaves right now.Thanks for the chance to win.

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  12. The Harvest Moon line looks wonderful. Fall is always my favorite. That pillow sleeve idea is a super one. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  13. A pillow sleeve...what a good idea. I have to try that project. Fabric is great too...as always!

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  14. Boy do I understand about the techno improvments...urgh...thanks for the chance to win. janet

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  15. I love the pillow sleeve, sounds like just the perfect pillow I could use with my back problems. All of your new projects look great, thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

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  16. The pillow sleeve is a great idea, love it. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  17. The blocks for your new projects look verrrry interesting.

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  18. I love the idea of a pillow sleeve. I would make one for each season.

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  19. Love the pillow sleeve. And the chance to win! ha

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  20. We have been wanting to do a pillow in our KT class. Great idea for doing a sleeve for each season. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  21. What a great idea for the pillow sleeve. I hate fussing with shams and the sleeve is a great alternative. I share your frustration with the blog changes, too.

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  22. Love the idea of reusing the pillow and changing out just the sleeve! Also love the new Harvest Moon fabric.

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  23. What a great idea about a pillow sleeve. Thanks for the giveaway and fabrics. Lana D.

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  24. The pillow sleeve design is so-o-o different! Love it and love your Acorn Moon fabric. Did you do that in black some time ago? It's in a piece hanging in my family room. I loose track of all the lines and designers. So sorry.

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  25. LOve the new patterns and the fabric. Like the pillow wrap.
    Carol L

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  26. i make more pillows then any thing else love your blog

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  27. I absolutely LOVE this fabric line and can't wait to get my hands on some!!! Thanks for a chance to win the pattern and some fabulous KT sraps.

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  28. Like the new fabric line and love the pillow sleeve!

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  29. Your fabric colors and designs really speak to me. And the floral applique on the pillow sleeve is delightful!

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  30. I love the new line of fabric and the name. I too am a fall person. I love the new table treats pattern.

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  31. Those new fabric colors and moons are great - like the brighter blues in the 4-block montage above. Thanks for the giveaway. Hope all goes smoothly for your prep for Quilt Market.

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  32. Loving the moon theme!
    CathyC in Alberta

    Including my email incase it doesn't show-up were it should.
    cathyc1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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  33. I really like the pillow sleeve idea and pattern. Thanks for the chance to win.
    Mary

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  34. Love the pillow, yippee and new fabric line!
    Kathy

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  35. Love the pillow sleeve and the new Harvest Moon fabrics look wonderful, can hardly wait to see them at the LQS.
    Good luck at market, enjoy. Happy quilting.

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  36. Lovin' it :D I just love your KT Stash Society projects!

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  37. those blocks are so neat. love the look after you put different ones together.
    The moon and acorn are perfect together.
    Congrats to Crystal.

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  38. Wonderful designs. Very clever idea to "KT-ize" a store-bought pillow! :-)

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    1. Love your "KT-ize" phrase. You know I'm gonna have to steal that one!

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  39. Love your clever idea of taking stuffing from another pillow!

    Leslie

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  40. I love making pillow. Pick me ,please!

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  41. We don't have to dream of Summer here in southern Alabama where I live. We live it almost year round. This past year we only had about 8 chill hours for our local fruit (blueberries), then we had a lovely Spring, that lasted about 3 weeks!! Ha ! Ha! The past few days here our temp has been in mid 90's, with heat idex of 97! I love summertime flowers, I already have day lily blooms and zinnias from seed are coming up!! I love your summmertime pillow and would love to have this in my den! Have a great weekend!

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  42. I love the peek at the Harvest Moon line. The new table treat is so cute. I love the warm fall colors and like you, I love the moon on fabric. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  43. What a great idea for pillow sleeves! And it would be so much easier to store the sleeves as opposed to pillows if you are changing them with the seasons. Love it!

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  44. Cute pillow sleeve and mini table treat patterns. Looking forward to seeing Havest Moon in my favorite quilt shop.

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  45. Can't wait to see your new line in the quilt stores!

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  46. A lumbar pillow and set of covers is a great idea. Thanks for the giveaway and sharing your ideas.

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  47. Great idea for the pillow and covers. You could change them as the seasons come and go. You are such a talented lady!! Thank you for the give a way last week! I am so excited to win! Thanks again for your generosity. Patty D from Crystal City, MO 63019

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  48. Ah the frustrations of "new and improved". I have a couple of small needlepoint pillows I keep in my chair. One says "Grandchildren Spoiled Here" and the other says "A Mother's Love Grows Forever." Although I do like my pillows, I like the idea of a quilted cover. And like a previous post, it could change with the seasons. Thanks for your giveaways.

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  49. vicki in wisconsinMay 6, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    Pillow is great. I made a sample for our KT stash club
    that meets at Village Creek in Lodi. It was fun and so easy.

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  50. What a great idea the pillow sleeve. I like changeing pillows for the seasons so I'm gonna have to do this pattern. The mini table treat is adorable can't wait to see the new in my favorite quilt shop! Thanks for the giveaways.

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  51. I'm in heaven - can't wait 'til these patterns are available - I'm an acorn junky! Love this fabric as well! The pillow sleeve is a brilliant idea! I know what my sister is getting for Christmas.

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  52. ive ordered the pattern. Can't wait! I have many things that change with the season/month and love the change in my rooms. Great idea?\\

    bjeanjacks@gmail.com

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