Monday, November 3, 2014

Introducing.....Clara's Garden

Clara's Garden Debuts at Houston Quilt Market

Over the next few blog posts, I'll be showcasing my newest fabric collection, Clara's Garden. I've recently done some research on our family tree and discovered that Clara was my great, great-grandmother who came to homestead the land across from where we now live. She was widowed on the way to Kansas with 5 small children, but continued onto their planned destination and purchased a good sized parcel of land with her husband's life insurance money. Over the years, her crops were successful and she bought more land. My Dad's farm, my Aunt & Uncle's home/farm and the cabin by the pond where Robert and I live are all on land acquired by this industrious, strong-willed  woman. I remember stories from my Gramma Ethel about Clara's amazing green thumb and the recipes for canning passed down to her. I wish I had known her. Instead, I created a quilt to honor her fortituede and gardening skills, marrying raw-edge applique flowers and my layered patchwork technique in a lap quilt worthy of Clara's heritage

Our signature florals, geometrics and small prints create the classic KT look for warm, inviting quilts for your bed and home decor. Clara's Garden booklet (retail $10.95) offers 5 projects featuring our no-curved-piecing method with layered patchwork. Here's a sampling:

Clara's Garden lap quilt 72" x 72"
 Simple 9-patch blocks and fused raw-edge appliques flower blocks are alternated then layered with a wedge cut from a Jelly Roll with our KT Wedge Template. The wedges are layered and stitched on all four sides of each block to create the circular effect with no curved piecing.
Fresh-Picked Runner


Pick your favorite flower and colorway to whip up a runner in no time at all. I love the plum prints and black-eyed Susan blocks for my Fresh-Picked Runner.

Tune in next week for more of the projects in Clara's Garden. Win a Clara's Garden Layer Cake this week by commenting on your favorite flower in your garden.

Calico Station Quilt Shop, Orange Park, Florida

Come visit me at Calico Station next week, Monday, Nov.10th, for a day of workshops and an evening trunk show. I'd love to share my latest quilts with you! Call Mary at 904-269-6911 for more information and to sign up for all the fun. See you in sunny Florida!


 KT Winner

Congrats to this week's winner:
I don't know if she's my favorite, but I sure do like photos of the fabric by Brenda Riddle that I saw online from Quilt Market. I don't usually sew in those soft colors, but they are very appealing.

I agree! Love Brenda's new line with Moda. And so enjoyed meeting and visiting with her at market. What a delightful lady.Please email us at lynne@ktquilts.com to claim your prize!

58 comments:

  1. I always love your fabric colors. And what a delightful way to honor your relatives and their past. My favorite flowers in my garden are the little impatiens. They add so much color and wait "patiently" through the season.

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  2. Oh man! ONE favorite? :) I guess it's sunflowers. They are just so beautiful and large and they attract the bees and butterflies. I love them!

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  3. My favorite flower is the black eyed Susan. It is so bright and sunny. It is also easy to appliqué. Love your layered method of piecing.
    Tina

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  4. I just love my Sweet Pea's they remind me of my great grandmother, she always grew them. I just adore the smell and they make such a sweet little old fashioned bouquet in the house.

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  5. I love many flowers so it is hard to pick just one, but heliotrope has always held a special place in my heart for its color and fragrance, but it is a bit tender when cold weather hits so I don't plant it much where I am now in the mountains of Northern California. Love your Clara quilt and the story that goes with it!

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  6. Holly Hocks are my favorite flower because they keep my childhood memories alive !

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  7. What a wonderful tribute to your great great grandmother! I love flowers and my favorite is the purple coneflower.

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  8. We live in Colorado, so of coarse I love the state flower the Columbine. They are so pretty in the mountains here.

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  9. It's a lovely day here and I've just spent the morning doing the final clean up in my perennial garden before the snow arrives. Think Bleeding Hearts are my all time favourite. What a fabulous woman Clara must have been.

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  10. HELLO, it has to be the Sweet Pea! So delightful! Thanks for your Blog+Thanks for another chance at a great giveaway!

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  11. My favourite flower in my garden is a climbing rose because the smell is just gorgeous especially in the evening, thanks for the chance.

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  12. My favorite flower in my garden is the peony. Thanks for the chance.

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  13. What a wonderful tribute to an amazing women! Love, love the design! Iris' are my all time bestestfavawesome flower!

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  14. What a lovely family story and it is wonderful that family still live on your great grandmother's land. My favourite flower are violets as they remind me if my grandmother who taught me to sew. She always had a vase of violets in her sewing room.

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  15. My most favorites are the purple coneflowers I grew from seeds, and of course this time of year - the majestic sunflowers!!!!!
    I Would simply LOVE to have this layercake!

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  16. I like your new line and look forward to the prints. I love roses, especially Jacksons-Perkins, for their wonderful smell. Thank you.
    jlblvn at gmail dot com

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  17. What a beautiful way to honor your great, great grandmother! You are so fortunate to live on the property she purchased. Love the quilt and fabric in this quilt. I love plum! My favorite flower is hydrangea.
    Take care.
    Emily

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  18. I love your new line (as always!) and love that it is a tribute to your industrious great, great grandmother! That is so wonderful that family is still on the land that she worked so hard to settle. I love all kinds of flowers but I have a particular type of vinca in my garden that seeds itself and comes back every year, no matter what the weather conditions. It is so hearty, it thrives whether I water it or not! So, I have to say that it is my favorite!

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  19. That is such a great story about your great, great grandmother and so nice you are honoring her memory with your new line. I do not know how to pick just one flower because I love them all. I am particularly drawn to daisy-like flowers. I love the brilliant colors of the Gerbera daisies, but love the Black-eyed Susans too. I have both in my garden. And the Black-eyed Susans are the State Flower here in Maryland!

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  20. Great to hear about your Great-great Grandmother! Reminds me of mine. Only she lost her husband just before they were to leave Illinois for Kansas in 1869. She stayed long enough to bury him, and then came on with the four younger children. Eventually the four older and their families followed.
    Another great collection and quilt, and I can't wait to see them. Thanks for your blog and giveaways.
    My favorite flower is the good, old fashioned, fragrant lilac because it reminds me of my family.

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  21. My favorite flower is the daisy I had it as my flowers when we were married I love this fabric my 6 year old granddaughter's name is Clara.The quilt would be a great grown up quilt for her to have made with Clara fabric.

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  22. I LOVE everything about this post--- the beautiful fabrics, the beautiful pattern (LOVE the curves without curved piecing!!!), the story about your Great Great Grandmother (what a wonderfully inspiring story and an amazing woman!!) AND the fact that her name was Clara! My three year old granddaughter is named Clarable, so I am definitely MUST have this booklet and some of the fabric! I know what's going on MY Christmas wish list! :-) Thank you so much for the opportunity to win! Oh, and my favorite garden flower is the zinnia. They are so easy to grow and the colors are just amazing! Butterflies and hummingbirds love them, and they will reseed year after year! :-)

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  23. I have come to love the pansy because it reseeds here in Southern California and just about blooms all year. Thanks for the chance to win.

    Charlotte

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  24. What a fantastic way to honor your family. Your great-great grandmother was a true pioneer. Flowers are all so beautiful, that it is hard to pick a favorite. But, the flower that I always come back to and have lots of in our gardens, it the daisy.

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  25. I just love the added applique in the center of those blocks. My favorite flower in my garden are the coneflowers.

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  26. Sandy from WisconsinNovember 4, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    My favorite flower is the coneflower.

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  27. What a wonderful story about your Great Grandmother, she had it in spades! My favorite flowers come from my childhood memories, Lily of the Valley and huge bearded purple and white Irises. Thoughts of those gardens in Connecticut always make me smile.

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  28. I live in an apartment so I do a geranium garden on my deck each summer. That is the one flower that does well for me as I don't have a really good green thumb!

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  29. Looking forward to using these fabrics and your patterns. One of my favorite garden flowers are my perennial hibiscus. Those dinner plate blooms are spectacular.

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  30. Loved the story about Clara. Really nice fabric line, love all your fabrics. I do not have a green thumb so about the only flower I plant is the marigold, they just seem to take care of themselves. LOL

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  31. Hydrangea are my favorite flowers especially the large petal ones. They remind me of my mother-in-law's bush that she had for over 30 years. I love the Clara's Garden patterns and I am looking forward to the fabric coming out.

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  32. Irises, irises and more irises. I love Art Noveau, and it's the flower for me with it's gentle colours and such delcate curves. Great for coloured drawings, it was exploited ad nauseam by Art Noveau but still... Beautiful flower! My grand grandmother was around and in full bloom in Art Noveau era so I always associate irises with her.

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  33. My favorite flower has to be the morning glory. I almost lost them when the trellis they were growing on was uprooted by a wind storm this spring. Thankfully, they recovered and put on a spectacular show all summer! My Grandmother was named Clara--I will be on the lookout for the booklet!

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  34. I love my purple cone flowers. My best friend gave a start to me and it has flourished very well. Loved reading about your great great grandmother, that's awesome! Love the fabric, and I know I'll be adding it to my KT stash!! I would love the booklet too, where might I find it?? Thanks for the chance to win the layer cake! Bev Eckert

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  35. My favorite flowers in my garden are the coneflowers. I have over a dozen different kinds and they are all beautiful in their own unique ways. I love the lap quilt! Clara must have been an amazing woman.

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  36. Your quilt is lovely, and thank you for sharing your family history. I also have KS roots that go back to the 1860's. I love marigolds, which are so hardy and "volunteer" to come back year after year. I love their spicy scent.

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  37. Loved hearing the story about your great, great grandmother, Clara! She would be proud of her great, great granddaughter!!

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  38. I have always loved wood violets, they remind me if my grandma, she not only grew them in her shady areas, she smelled like violets!

    Cgar

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  39. What a great story about your great, great grandmother, she was an amazing woman! I have a hard time picking one flower, but I especially love irises, peonies and roses.

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  40. Sounds like a wonderful woman. I love your new patterns and fabric. Can't wait for your new line. My favorite flower in my garden is the purple cone flower.
    traditionalquilter@gmail.com

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  41. Depending on the season, I love daffodils and tulips, snapdragons and daisies and mums. In winter I love poinsettias and to force narcissa. Thanks

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  42. Clara's garden is lovely! In my garden I love my French Marigolds!

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  43. Loved the story about your Great, Great Grandmother. It is so interesting to know about people in our family and how they have affected others so many years later.
    My favorite flowers are my gardenias. They smell divine.

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  44. My favorite flower is a coneflower. I did a wall quilt once with those flowers on it also.

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  45. What a wonderful tribute to your heritage. My favorite flower is the tulip, the first sign of spring where I live.

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  46. Lavender, still flowerings this late into fall!

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  47. My favorite flower is the day lily.

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  48. Love, love, love sunflowers...along with a lot of others, but sunflowers are my absolute favorites. I enjoyed the story about your great, great-grandmother. The pioneer women sure had a lot of stamina!

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  49. Loved your trunk show this evening in Orange Park, Florida. Thanks Mary and Calico Station for the opportunity. Thanks for your story about your Great Great Gran....awesome lady! Your tribute to her with Clara's Quilt is beautiful. Thanks for showing and sharing the quilt tonight. I love the sunflowers. . .they stood out!!

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  50. Hi Lynne, Had a great time at the classes and the trunk show. All of your quilts are beautiful. Can't wait for the new line to be available.

    My favorite flower is the miniature pink rose.

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  51. When I was a small child my grandmother had a round garden that was in the middle of the drive way. The Sweet Peas were her favorite and they are also mine. Clara is an amazing women ! Thank you for the opportunity.

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  52. Love my giant zinnias...so colorful!

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  53. When will "Clara's Garden" fabric be for sale to us eager quilters?

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  54. How wonderful that you know the story of your great-grandmother and are able to honor her in a quilt! My favorite flower is the purple cone flower, which is rugged, but beautiful, just like your great-grandma.

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  55. My favorite flower is the pansy, not sure why... BTW, I just love the Glorified Nine patch, and I your take on it makes it very "doable"!

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  56. One of my favorites is the purple coneflower. This past Spring I grew some plants from seeds, it was so awesome to see the first blooms!

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  57. I love sunflowers, they're huge. Our deck is 5 ft off the ground add the railing and that's where the sunflowers peek up to. What a wonderful legacy your great-grandma left, such a strong woman. I always enjoy hearing story's like that, thank you.

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  58. It was nice meeting you and your husband
    I thoroughly enjoyed your classes and am working on finishing all the projects
    Looking forward to Clara's Garden
    Have a great holiday

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