Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Twisted...or, my life story

 KT Winner

Congratulations to Susan from PA. You've won the Crazy for Pillows book. Thanks to everyone who commented.


Can't believe I missed a week of blogging, but the after-market frenzy was almost as bad as the week before! We arrived home Monday night, unloaded Tuesday, and I picked up a grankid on Wednesday morning (school is out but no daycare until after Memorial Weekend). Next year's Christmas line is due, as well as final editing on two of our new projects for this market - Crazy for Pillows from last week's post, and a trio of layered patchwork projects, Twisted. KT's Wedge Template is featured in this fun, simple, strippy quilt perfect for picnics and porches, dorm beds and bunk beds. Just one Jelly Roll provides the wedges for all projects plus the background for the runner and pillow sleeve. Make the quilt as a gift, keep the other 2 projects for yourself - or keep them all!

 The wedges are cut from JRs, lined up on the tan background strips and topstitched. Two matching tan strips are sewn together, then sashed with the navy strips and borders. Looks like twisted ribbon to me! How easy is that??? For a longer dorm quilt that measures 54" x 78", just add borders to the top and bottom, too (option in pattern).

Twisted will be available June 1st ($8.95) from your local quilt shop or ktquilts.com. Spread the word!

Because I missed a week, let's do 2 giveaways this week! #1 - Twisted pattern plus the KT Wedge Template; #2 - a scrap pack of KT's new Heartfelt fabric. Comment here on your summer plans - vacation, gardening, quilting?

Stay tuned this summer for lots of fabric scrap packs as I clean out bins and drawers and baskets in my studio. Amazing how much I accumulate with 3 or 4 fabric lines a year. I swear I'm not keeping anything smaller than a fat 1/8 anymore, so the scraps are getting bigger all the time!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Pre Market Frenzy

NEW KT Quilt Dots

I'm so excited to announce that we're partnering with Zappy Dots and their very cool quilt magnets that may be used to embellish jewelry. Tiny reproductions of KT quilts make for adorable accessories for your studio and wardrobe. Check them out at  Kansas Troubles Quilt Dots.
 Barn Raising Collection of 6 Pins or MagnetsChurn Dash Collection of 6 Pins or Magnets

KT Winner

Congratulations to Rose Bullen - you're the winner of last week's KT giveaway - a Heart of the Home Booklet. Please send your mailing address to Jamie at lynne@ktquilts.com. I hope we help you get a head start on your Christmas quilting this year :).

Off to Market

International Quilt Market for Spring 2015 is this weekend in Minneapolis, MN. Today is dedicated to last minute details like
                 *clean clothes/underwear/comfy shoes
                 *something to wear to Moda's Prairie Prom party
                     (there should be some great pictures of that Saturday!)
                 * print motel reservation and find a motel along the way
                 * help Robert match up shirts to sport jackets (really, again?)
                 * quilt blocks for Schoolhouse
                 * props with sunflower theme for booth
                 * iPad to take lots of pictures (Robert's job)
                 * DON'T FORGET THE QUILTS!

One of the fun new projects we have for market introduction is our Crazy for Pillows booklet. I love the pillow sleeves we've been making to coordinate with several of our latest quilts. We've had requests for a book just about pillows, so here we go!

Crazy for Pillows

Six unique pillow sleeves inspired by some of our favorite projects to coordinate with your quilts for a warm, cozy feeling in your home. Crazy for Pillows will be available in June, but comment here to win an advance copy!  I'll try to post some pictures on my FB page while we're gone. See you next week. Wish me luck!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Heartfelt Christmas in Spring!

KT Winner

 Congratulations to
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You're the winner of our new Heartfelt charm pattern, From the Heart, and our KT Melon Template. Thanks to everyone for commenting and continuing to visit my blog. 

Moda Blog Hop

Watch every day this week for Moda's Designer Blog Hop featuring Blog Takeovers. All of us are so crazy busy in the weeks leading up to market that we're having our significant others (or pets) write our blog posts for us. It's designers in real life (#designersirl), nothing held back. KT's day is May 1st when Robert will show you his view of the madness. 

Heartfelt Christmas

Some people complain when Christmas decorations make their way into department stores before Halloween. As quilters, we're waiting anxiously for Christmas fabric to arrive in quilt shops in May and June! After all, we need alot of time to check them all out, select a pattern and make those special projects for Christmas gifts. We don't see Christmas in the Spring as a weird thing at all. And so it is that I have new projects to share for the holidays.

Heart of the Home is the booklet we put together featuring a star (who doesn't love stars for the holidays??)  surrounded by flying geese units that are made using our layered patchwork technique. Simply lay a tan triangle on a red, green or black background rectangle, stitch on top and sew the rectangles together to create the star and geese. It makes a difficult looking block a breeze to piece for any size project. Joy quilted feathered wreaths in the tan spaces for an especially festive look.
 A table runner in reds/tan works well for Christmas - or anytime of year.
 I love using leftover parts to make a pillow topper to coordinate with my quilts. This topper in all greens took about 1 1/2 hours to piece & quilt, then a couple episodes of The Big Bang Theory to bind. (Do you measure binding in hours of TV watched? For example, a queen quilt is about 2 movies on a Sunday afternoon.)
Our giveaway this week is the Heart of the Home booklet. Winner to be selected randomly by midnight Monday, May 4th.  New post Tuesday May 5th. Comment here about your Christmas quilting operating procedure. Are you an early starter? Wait until Thanksgiving to begin? Or somewhere in between?