Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Soakin' up the Sun

KT Scrap Bag Winner

Congrats to Jodi Connors of Mountain Gurl Quilts. You're the winner of this week's scrap bag giveaway. I have a pile ready to go, just send me your address at lynne@ktquilts.com and you can start stitching!

It's been difficult to sit at the computer, looking out my windows and not go outside to sit in the sun - so I'm not going to fight it. After all, it's a good source of Vitamin D, reduces stress, gives me a little color after a long winter and totally lifts my spirits, so it's all good. I can check out the new strike-offs, edit patterns and figure yardage for a new quilt out on the swing just as easily as inside my studio. The first tulips of spring only bloom for a short time. Don't miss a minute of it.


Token of Friendship

The new Tokens fabric has arrived! Jamie unpacked the boxes a few days ago and made room for all the lovely shades of KT spring prints. Here's another look at the collection:

There are so many great tan prints in this one I used them alot in the Tokens projects. Simple piecing separates the tans to make the stars & pinwheels look like their floating and spinning in between. Love it! The star runner would be great for your spring table - or made up in red/tan/blue would be perfect all summer long. I've gotta try that one, too! Have a special friend you want to make a little something special? Our basket surrounded by easy layered patchwork hearts is the perfect fit.




Do you ever have enough tans? We've put together (20) of our favorite small tan prints and tone-on-tones in precuts - Jelly Rolls, Charm packs and Mini Charm packs. When added to a regular KT JR, Charm or MC, it gives you 30 each of darks and lights. It works great for those projects that require an even number of darks and lights or to make a project larger. Check it out at ktquilts.com under precuts.

The giveaway today is a Tokens of Friendship booklet and assorted fat 1/8's. You just never know what else might jump into the box!  Comment about precuts - love 'em or not, don't know what to do with them, can't get enough of them - I'd love to hear from you. I'm off to WI to the Nancy's Notions Sewing Weekend May 1,2,3. Would love to meet you there. See you back here when I get home.







81 comments:

  1. I do like precuts, although I haven't used them very much. I am off to a quilt retreat next week here in MI, and I plan to use a jelly roll to make a jelly roll jam 2 quilt.

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  2. The only precuts I have worked with have been charm packs. I do love that they are already precision cut and ready to use. Thanks for your generous giveaways.

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  3. I like precuts...charm packs are a good way to try out a set of fabric and see if I want larger cuts. And eventually, make a large charm quilt out of! It was nice to see the tulips...although central Texas does have it's own lovely flowers, I do miss the tulips and other spring bulbs I used to grow up North.

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  4. love precuts !!!! Thanks for the giveaway. Fingers crossed I win.
    Paula

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  5. Lynne, I absolutely adore precuts! They were especially helpful when I was in the very beginning stages of learning how to quilt. It's hard to resist a charm pack! Or any other precut for that matter. Have fun in WI. Oh yes, all of our bulbs are bloomed and done for the season. Although we have an Easter Lily we put into the flower garden last year that's about to bloom. :-)

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  6. I like precuts, charm packs and layer cakes especially. I also LOVE Kansas Troubles tans! Thanks for the chance at a great giveaway.

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  7. I love using charms to make small pinwheel blocks and tablerunners. The only other precut I have used is jelly rolls. Token of Friendship is a beautiful line.

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  8. I've never worked with precuts - except, of course, for all the strips I pick up from the sharing table at my quilt guild. I would love to work with a matched set of fabrics.

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  9. I love precuts ... Cutting is my least favorite part of quilting, and since I work with traditional blocks, precuts work perfectly and let me get straightaway to the fun part of piecing and quilting!

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  10. I like precuts, layer cakes are my favorite. I find choosing fabrics for a project difficult. Having that step done for me is wonderful!

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  11. I love precuts for the variety. However, it is too bad that you can't prewash them if you need the whole piece. Sometimes they make me itchy allergy wise but I push through it. After all, it is for fabric!

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  12. I love precuts too! All the pretty fabric gives me inspiration.

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  13. I am addicted to fat quarter bundles, but I love all the different precuts.

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  14. I like fat quarter bundles but haven't done too much with them. Love your fabrics.

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  15. I love precuts, bundles to help me color coordinate and charm packs are fun to make mini quilts with.

    Debbie

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  16. I love pre cuts because I find I look for different quilts that can be made with them and it expands my normal quilting.

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  17. I love precuts mostly because I can see the whole line! I used to like Jelly Rolls best, then Layer Cakes, then Jelly Rolls, now am becoming re-enamored with charms, and those candies are TOO cute! Now, can we talk about fat eighth and fat quarter packs? Those fall into yardage in my mind and I LOVE yardage!

    Thanks for the opportunity - every one of your lines is my new fave - tokens is no different!

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  18. I like the idea of pre-cuts...mainly not having to cut...but I do have a difficult time figuring out a pattern.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  19. Thanks so much Lynne. I am so excited to have won last weeks giveaway. I love anything that comes from Kansas Troubles, it is my go to fabric lines! I love all your fabric. Precuts, right now is all I use, they are much easier for a new quilter to grasp than working with yardage.

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  20. I prefer fat quarters and yardage, especially if I don't have a project in mind. Love everything you do!

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  21. I like charm packs and layer cakes if I have a specific pattern I'll be making but would rather have yardage as I am always buying fabric with no idea what I'll make with it. I also like using yardage as sometimes I just don't like a certain print that comes in a collection and with yardage I don't have to try and decide what to do with the print I'm not fond of.

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  22. I love most precuts, I've bought every kind of precut. I haven't used any of the jelly rolls yet and I'm not sure, what to do with the turnovers. My favorites are the charms, candies, layercakes and the 5x22's( forgot the name). The best part is that you get the whole line and it's all color coordinated. I with they had this years ago. Happy Spring! Toni Anne

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  23. I really love precuts (I purchased Loose Change and both rulers from MSQ and just finished two pillows using the smaller one). Thanks for the sweet giveaway :)

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  24. I really like Token of Friendship. Love precuts, especially charm packs or layer cakes, it's so easy to make up a quick scrappy quilt with them.

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  25. I generally prefer yardage, but have started purchasing & using layer cakes & jelly rolls for specific quilts. Love your fabrics & can never get enough; my only limitations are storage & $$!

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  26. I just finished a fun summer bag in precuts, actually USED them! lol I think they are fun just beginning to understand the concept though. Jeannine

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  27. I love precuts! I sew with 4 little ones under the age of 5 around all the time. When I don't have to pull out all the cutting blades all the time, I am excited! They are also great for teaching basics to the young ones!

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  28. I just started quilting last September. I was inspired by the arrival of my first grandchild. Precuts are great for a beginner. It took a lot of the stress out of those first few projects. I'm more confident now and use them about 50% of the time.

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  29. I never used to use precuts, but since buying your book "Loose Change"...I'm hooked! Thanks Lynne!

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  30. congrats to the winner.
    love those patterns. I have precuts but I don't know what to do with them. They just sit on my shelves looking pretty. :0)

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  31. I love charm packs and layer cakes, but I've not had very good luck with jelly rolls. The jelly rolls don't seem to be cut a consistent width, anyway the ones I've worked with before.

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  32. I love precuts for the variety and convenience they offer. I like the coordinated and scrappy look they offer . Thanks for the giveaway!

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  33. As a new quilter I love precuts! Most of the cutting is already done, helps with accuracy, and I can see all the fabrics in the line and buy yardage of my favorites. I love your Loose Change video on MSQC and can't wait to make it...just need to get a ruler. Hope you have a great time in WI !

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  34. I love the new line Token of Friendship. I also love those patterns. How do I get my hands on some of them??? I like the precuts because you get a lot of variety in the various fabrics. Most quilt shops don't want to cut less than a yard and it's too expensive to buy the entire line so the precuts are great for that reason. I used to think they were a waste of money but the more I use them the more I like them. I also like the precuts because I struggle with coordinating fabrics for a quilt and the precuts make it so easy.

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  35. These pre-cuts would be fun to use for scrappy projects, mug rugs, etc. Thank You for the chance to win.

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  36. I love precuts, but have to admit that I don't use them for too many things. Mostly they sit on the shelf looking adorable!

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  37. I am a fan of precuts. It is a great way to get that scrappy look I love. I have made a few of the jellyroll quilts as quick gifts and love my results. I love the brighter blue of this latest fabric collection.

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  38. Love to see all the fabrics in one package! A postage stamp quilt would showcase all of the fabrics. Your new patterns are very enticing and I like the dark fabrics floating in the light fabrics. Congrats on another great group of fabrics.

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  39. I am a novice to prosecute but certainly seeing what a time saver they are plus being more accurate.

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  40. I buy charm packs and jelly rolls. They do sit for awhile until I come up with the right pattern. Then I usally supplement with fabric from my stash to complete the quilt.

    Thanks for a chance.

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  41. I love pre-cuts and yardage. I love scrappy quilts and precuts give an amazing variety of prints for my projects, not to mention that they are already precut! KT prints are my all time favorite precuts!
    traditionalquilter@gmail.com

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  42. Love, confused- why did I buy, on the shelf, relationship LOL!!
    They are just so darn CUTE!! Fall in love then don't know what to do with them....BUT, always up for more and new ideas. Taking classes on precut use to help my addiction..... ;)

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  43. Love jelly rolls and layer cakes....actually any precuts as they save time and are accuate cuts. These old eyes ain't what they used to be especially if the lighting isn't great!

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  44. It is nice to have the whole line of fabrics in one precut of choice. Sometimes more lights would be helpful. It makes the cutting process really speed up. Lana

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  45. Funny you should mention precuts . . . just today I was surfing the web and found your interviews w/ Jenny Doan and Mary Fons, and really began to see the value and fun of precuts.Now I want to get your Loose Change book and go to town! It looks like so much fun!!

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  46. I'm not a huge fan of precuts - I feel like they make quilts that are too 'matchy-matchy' and I prefer a true scrap quilt. Always make sure to include some of YOUR fabrics in my projects though!

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  47. I do like precuts and use them frequently. The variety is what makes putting a nice quilt together without having to shop for all the separates. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  48. I love precuts, mostly using charm packs so far. It lets me see all the fabrics in a collection. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  49. Pre-cuts are my steady go-to for quilt retreats. The patterns that go with them make it so easy to pack and all the dust bunnies from the pinked edges stay out of my home! <3 them a lot!!!

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  50. I like precuts but my favourite are fat quarter bundles. If I really like a collection, one jelly roll or layer cake just isn't enough.

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  51. I love precuts and can't get enough of them!

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  52. I love love love precuts - they help me get focused and get something done! I come home after working and look at them and they make me smile and think of a million ways to use them! thanks!

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  53. Love them they are so versatile !

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  54. With my busy schedule I don't think I would ever get anything complete with precuts. I don't think you could ever have enough jelly rolls, layer cakes or charm packs.

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  55. Love using precuts as they save so much time.

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  56. I love the precuts. There is no guess work, making sure that it is the correct size. It really cuts down the time and makes a project a lot quicker.

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  57. I simply love pre cuts, so versatile and co-ordinated, love charm packs and layer cakes, and mini charms are great fun, too.

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  58. I love precuts when I know the quilt pattern and size I am making. But I also love using my stash and so I mix both a lo

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  59. I do like precuts but sometimes I like to put my own fabrics together and make it truly my quilt. However there are some beautiful materials in all your precuts and that makes life easier when you just want to "sew"... Give me fabric in anyway shape or form and I am a happy person.

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  60. Love using pre-cuts. I just forget to buy yardage to going with it for bindings or backing. Arg! Thanks for chance for the give away.

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  61. I have a Love/Hate relationship with precuts. They are a great way to get a taste of all the prints in a line, and for that I love them,But I Hate opening them and using them, because then i wont have them anymore!

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  62. I love pre cuts. It saves so much time. That's probably why I'm a KT addict. Nothing better than KT pre cuts and your patterns. I'm making the Changing Seasons runner and it is so much fun!

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  63. I have not used them as I have a "stash" from many years of quilting. Would love to try them.

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  64. I love precuts. Most often I think they are too pretty to open, but I do.

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  65. When I want to sew ...but can't I find that just fondling fabric precuts especially KT's soothes me. Until I have the time to sit and sew.
    From AusKatlady63

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  66. I do like precuts and have used them several times. I like CW fabrics, so nice way to add small pieces to my stash!

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  67. Actually, I like to sew with precuts as long as I can do it without wasting fabric. My mother taught me to be a frugal sewist!

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  68. Love KT fabrics and precuts. Especially when the precuts don't waste scraps.

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  69. Precuts are a great way to have a sample of the fabric line but not the expense of purchasing a bundle of fat eights or fat quarters. They are also great for scrappy quilts.

    Charlotte

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  70. I love precuts. They are so fun and easy to use, but they are also just fun to look at, pet and collect!

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  71. What I love about precuts is that I have the whole line to put in a quilt if I want. When I use the precuts, the quilt happens a lot faster. I am not searching for that "just right" fabric, plus I have a smaller mess in my sewing room to cleanup. Love it that you have put 20 of your favorite small tan prints and tone-on-tones in precuts. BTW, Token of Friendship looks like another winner. I really like the runner pictured above!

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  72. Just love pre-cuts! Sometimes you just want to get in there and sew and pre-cuts make it possible!

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  73. Love precuts! Sometimes I just want to get to sewing and not have to take the time to cut.

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  74. It is so hard for me to cut into those wonderful precuts! I have them in my quilt room as decoration, as i can't bear to cut them apart! My brother in law says it is like a store up there...Especially those little honey of a buns! Way too cute to 'unfurl'! I'd rather just stare at them and enjoy them whole! Deb Haan, Abbotsford, BC, Canada

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  75. I love precuts. I do my shopping from them, and sometimes I swear I will just by a charm pack, and end up with most or all of the fabric line in larger cuts!

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  76. Love to try pre cuts. I quilt a lot so have many small pieces I use. Thanks for a chance.

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  77. Have not used them much, but it is such a time saver, I check them out when I see them in a shop, so I guess I really like them.

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  78. I have been using precuts a lot lately. Love the new pattern designs that Lynne has created for the Token of Friendship line of fabric. Thanks, Lynne

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  79. I love to use precuts. Such variety for a smaller price!

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